16th European Research Conference on Homelessness

Bergamo, 22-23rd September 2022
University of Bergamo, Italy

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About the conference

FEANTSA’s European Observatory on Homelessness, the University of Bergamo and fio.PSD are pleased to announce the 16th European Research Conference on Homelessness in Bergamo, Italy on September 22nd and 23rd, 2022. 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 are planning to hold the conference in person while responding to applicable COVID-19 related restrictions. Simultaneous interpretation from English to Italian will be available in the plenary sessions. Early career researchers are also invited to present their research activities.

Keynote speakers

Chiara Saraceno, Italy has research interests in family arrangements and family change; gender and intergenerational relations; welfare states and social policies; poverty and social exclusion. Until 2008 she was a Professor of Sociology of the Family at the University of Torino. Between 2006 and 2011 she held a research professorship at the Social Science Centre Berlin (WZB). Since 2011 she has been a corresponding fellow of the British Academy. Her publications cover the broad themes of social inequality and social policy. For some years, she was a member of the Italian Poverty Commission, which she chaired between 1999-2001. She also represented Italy at the Social Protection Committee in 2000-2001. At present, she chairs the scientific committee for the evaluation of the Italian Minimum Income Provision Program.

Dennis Culhane, USA is a social science researcher with primary expertise in the area of homelessness and assisted housing policy. His work has contributed to efforts to address the housing and support needs of people experiencing housing emergencies and long-term homelessness. Most recently, Culhane’s research has focused on using linked administrative data to gain a better understanding about the service utilization patterns of vulnerable populations, including youth exiting foster care and/or juvenile justice, as well as the individuals aged 55 and older who are experiencing homelessness. His research also focuses on homelessness among veterans. From July 2009 – June 2018 he served as Director of Research at the National Center on Homelessness Among Veterans, an initiative of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. He also co-directs Actionable Intelligence for Social Policy (AISP), an initiative that promotes the development, use, and innovation of integrated data systems by states and localities for policy analysis and systems reform.

Chris Pierson, UK is Emeritus Professor of Politics at the University of Nottingham. In a career spanning four decades, he has held visiting posts at the University of California, Johns Hopkins University, the Australian National University, the University of Auckland and the Hansewissenshaftskolleg. He has two main research interests: the dynamics of the contemporary welfare state and the very long history of the idea of private property. He is editor of The Oxford Handbook of the Welfare State (2010, 2021), sole author of three editions of Beyond the Welfare State? (2006) and of three volumes of Just Property (2013, 2016, 2020). His most recent book, The Next Welfare State? UK Welfare after COVID-19 (Policy Press, 2021) is a wide-ranging interrogation of the shape of social policy in Britain after the pandemic and of the possibilities for a new ‘strategy of equality’.

Planned Schedule

The conference will be held on Thursday 22nd and Friday 23rd of September 2022. If COVID-19 restrictions allow, optional field visits may be planned for Thursday morning. The conference dinner will be held on Thursday evening. Please note that the conference could be shifted online if COVID-related safety arrangements require it. 

Submission Details

Please submit an abstract in English (max. 300 words) and a short bio (max. 100 words) by April 1, 2022. Successful conference submissions will be notified by mid May 2022. Final PowerPoint presentations will be due by August 20, 2022. Submissions and further enquiries should be directed to Nóra Teller at

Venue and Fees

The sessions of the Conference will be held at University of Bergamo Campus, Italy. The conference fee is 180 EURO (incl. meals and coffee breaks during the conference). Presenters and PhD students pay a reduced fee of 90 EURO. In case the conference has to be shifted to the online platform we will implement a 50% reduced fee (90 EURO and 45 EURO for speakers and PhD students). Accommodation package on a first come first served basis will be available upon registration from June 15, 2022. A detailed cancelation policy will be announced on the registration page.