The Thinkhouse Early Career Researcher’s Prize 2022

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Housing researchers in the early stages of their careers are being given the chance to showcase their work and ideas with the launch of the Early Career Researcher’s Prize.

The prize, run by Thinkhouse, a website that collates and critiques housing research, is looking to promote the work of housing researchers and help bring new thinking to the sector. The competition, in its third year, is open to people with up to eight years’ research experience.

The winning entry will be covered in Inside Housing and on the Thinkhouse website – and the authors will be awarded a £500 prize.

Entries are encouraged from the voluntary sector, thinktanks, housing associations, local authorities and journalists.

The judges will consider think pieces, review papers synthesising existing evidence and policy analysis, and papers sharing the findings of original empirical research or investigative journalism. Journal articles or other papers already published or under review will be accepted.

Submissions should be between 4,000 and 8,000 words and submitted in an MS Word format, which includes the following information: author name(s), institutional affiliation, current job title, email address, paper title, 200-word abstract and a word count.

Judges, including members of the Thinkhouse editorial panel, sponsors (Altair, Aster and L&Q) and Inside Housing will focus their assessments on the following criteria:

  • Writing style/clarity
  • Engagement with literature and theory
  • Methods
  • Empirical rigour/theoretical depth
  • Strength of conclusions
  • The extent of how the research is outcome and impact-focused so that it contributes to useful knowledge exchange
  • The scalability of the research (ie the scope to make a widespread difference)

Papers must be submitted to by the end of September 2022.

To learn more about the The Thinkhouse Early Career Researcher’s Prize, visit the Inside Housing website.


Date: July 20, 2022 5:43 am


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