Call for Papers for ESJ's Special Issue 2024 on Engaged Scholarship and Housing Security


SPECIAL ISSUE 2024  (Volume 10, Issue 1)

Engaged Scholarship and Housing Security

Guest Editors: Isobel M. Findlay and Lori Bradford

Housing security is the availability of, and access to stable, safe, affordable, and adequate housing without experiencing barriers including gender, race, caste, ethnicity, ability, or sexual orientation among many more (Findlay et al., 2013; Cox et al., 2017). Dimensions of housing security include but are not limited to

  • housing type and recent housing history;
  • the stability of housing (transitions between systems, housing types and occupancy);
  • overcrowding and intergenerational living;
  • affordability and cost-to-income ratios;
  • surrounding environment and impacts to wellbeing;
  • education and employment status;
  • walkability;
  • quality of housing which includes aspects such as disaster-proofing, cultural appropriateness, and a person’s say in the design;
  • urban to rural preferences and location;
  • safety of housing and neighbourhood;
  • quality of neighbourhood and health, social, physical, and cultural amenities of neighbourhoods;
  • availability of advocacy and legal supports for housing as a human right;
  • standing in the legal system;
  • and, frequency of and determinants of experiencing homelessness.

While scholars have grown the list of barriers, data on those barriers, and a variety of other factors involved in shaping our understanding of housing security, people experiencing housing insecurity are the experts in knowing who is housing insecure, the needs they have to support their housing security, and how we should be moving forward together for enhancing housing security. The usual methods, like case studies, interviews, focus groups, mind mapping, research-creation, surveys and questionnaires are evolving to be more inclusive of community-based research activities (Quilgars et al., 2009; Mitchell et al., 2016). Our readership would like to hear about emergent approaches, digital tools, methods, advocate-scholars, and community champions doing the hard work.

In this special issue we want to recognize, support, and highlight research and researchers of all types who are using engaged scholarship, community-based approaches, and/or community-driven and managed research and activities around housing security, including those using diverse and multiple ways of knowing about housing security.

Our Spring 2024 thematic issue on Engaged Scholarship and Housing Security, will need submissions from community- and university-based researchers, community members, NGOs, builders, funding agencies, scholars, and/or Elders, both Indigenous and non-Indigenous, who are engaged in research, study or active exploration of applied methods or approaches that advance an understanding and appreciation of housing security. Emphasizing the strengthening of deep collaboration-building practices in teaching, learning, and research, we invite previously unpublished research articles, reports from the field, multimedia contributions and book reviews for our thematic issue. All submissions will undergo either editorial or peer review. Submissions for the Essays Section of the Journal will be subject to double, blind peer review, submissions to other Journal sections will undergo editorial review.

Essays to be subject to anonymized peer reviewing should:

  • Represent original, unpublished work that is not under consideration by other journals or collections of essays
  • Written in accessible language, to respect the multidisciplinary nature of the Journal and the diversity of our readers. Acronyms and abbreviations should be kept to a minimum.
  • Be maximum 8,000 words
  • Include an abstract (200 words) and indicate up to five keywords
  • Be typed, double-spaced throughout, in 12-pt Times New Roman font
  • Be formatted in the American Psychological Association (APA) style, 7th edition
  • Have a separate cover page that includes the names, institutional affiliations, addresses, and contact information of all authors
  • Include author biography/ies (no more than 50 words per author) on a separate sheet
  • Indicate that appropriate Institutional Research Ethics Board approval was secured, if applicable
  • Be formatted and saved in Microsoft Word (no PDF please)
  • Be submitted in two versions; one should include all information to be published, and in the other copy information to be ‘blinded’ should be substituted with blank underlined spaces. Information to be ‘blinded’ includes all text or data that will have to be removed from the essay for blind peer review purposes
  • Submission should be accompanied by authors’ recommendations of at least four scholars, including community-based scholars when applicable, from the author’s field who the Journal may approach with the request to peer review of the issue’s contributions. Such recommendations should include the description of (a) the credentials of the prospective reviewers as well as (b) the professional distance between the authors and the proposed reviewers.

Please submit full manuscripts by August 30th, 2023.      

  • Deadline for all manuscripts:                         August 30, 2023
  • Projected Date of publication:                       Spring 2024
  • Submissions to be submitted via:        


Cox, R., Rodnyansky, S., Henwood, B., & Wenzel, S. (2017). Measuring population estimates of housing insecurity in the United States: A comprehensive approach. CESR-Schaeffer Working Paper, (2017-012).

Findlay, I. M., Holden, B., Patrick, G., & Wormith, S. (2013). Saskatoon’s homeless population 2012: A research report. Community-University Institute for Social Research, University of Saskatchewan.

Mitchell, C., Chege, F., Maina, L., & Rothman, M. (2016). Beyond engagement in working with children in eight Nairobi slums to address safety, security, and housing: Digital tools for policy and community dialogue. Global Public Health11(5-6), 651-665.

Quilgars, D., Elsinga, M., Jones, A., Toussaint, J., Ruonavaara, H., & Naumanen, P. (2009). Inside qualitative, cross‐national research: Making methods transparent in a EU housing study. International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 12(1), 19-31.

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