18th European Research Conference on Homelessness

12th-13th of September, 2024

Budapest, Hungary

VENUE: Central European University, Budapest

The call for abstracts is now closed

About the Conference 

FEANTSA’s European Observatory on Homelessness, the Metropolitan Research Institute, and BMSZKI are pleased to announce the 18th European Research Conference on Homelessness in Budapest, Hungary on September 12th and 13th, 2024. This is Europe’s leading research conference on homelessness and will explore recent evidence on the broad theme of homelessness and housing exclusion from across Europe and elsewhere. We particularly encourage submissions for our special stream on data collection methods and ongoing national, regional and local level counts. Early career researchers are also invited to present their research activities.

Keynote speakers

Bálint Misetics, Hungary, is a social policy expert whose work integrates research, advocacy, policy, and fieldwork. He is currently working for the Municipality of Budapest as the Senior Advisor to the Mayor on Housing and Social Policy, and serves as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees at the Municipal Foundation for Social Policy. He was the author of the Municipality’s new strategy on homelessness which attempts to reframe homelessness as a housing problem.


Ruth Owen, Belgium, is Deputy Director at FEANTSA (European Federation of National Associations Working with the Homeless), where she had worked since 2011. She is an expert on homelessness and public policies to address it, notably in European contexts.  She has a special interest in housing policy. Prior to working on homelessness, Ruth studied geography and worked as a teacher in London.  


John Sylvestre, Canada, is a Full Professor in the School of Psychology and a Senior Researcher at the Centre for Research on Educational and Community Services, at the University of Ottawa. His interests lie in the study and evaluation of community mental health programs, with a particular interest in homelessness and poverty. His recent work focuses on community development and social change strategies in social housing.



Dorottya Szikra, HU Dorottya Szikra is Senior Researcher at the Centre for Social Sciences, Budapest, and Visiting Professor at the Department of Gender Studies, CEU Vienna. She is also associated with CEU Democracy Institute. Her main research field is welfare state and family policy development in Central and Eastern Europe. Between 2016 and 2020 she acted as the co-chair of the European Social Policy Analysis Network (ESPAnet).Since 2021 she has served as a member of the EC commissioned High-Level Group on the future of social protection and of the welfare state in the EU. 


Planned Schedule

The conference will be held on Thursday and Friday, September 12th - 13th, 2024, starting at 13:00 on Thursday and closing at 17:00 on Friday, followed by a drinks reception. Optional field visits will be planned for Thursday morning. The conference dinner will be held on Thursday evening.

Venue and Fees

The sessions of the Conference will be held at the facilities of the Central European University in Budapest. The conference fee is 200 EURO (incl. meals and coffee breaks during the conference, including dinner). Presenters and PhD students pay a reduced fee of 100 EURO. Please sign up for the conference dinner and the special accommodation package (on a first come first served basis) upon registration from July 8th, 2024. A detailed cancellation policy will be announced on the registration page.


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