ENHR 2020

29 June – 02 July, 2020
Nicosia , Cyprus


Having as a starting point the complexity of factors that have shaped Nicosia though time, the conference seeks to understand conditions of the unsettled and the respective challenges posed to housing. Contemporary everyday life is characterized by diverse manifestations of instability (urban conflicts and contestations, revolutions in political life, terrorism, internal displacements and mobility, migration, global forces vs local socio-spatial realities) which continuously challenge and redefine cities’ infrastructures. The experience of urban life in such contexts—transient, fragmented, changeable and unpredictable— contrasts to concepts of dwelling based on stability, permanence, locality and a sense of belonging. Unsettling practices (whether they involve displacement through war conflicts, market-led gentrification or local communities’ initiatives) simultaneously challenge the production of housing environments and dwellings which many times takes place against a backdrop painted by uncertainty and change.

The proposed umbrella topic aims to explore and understand uncertainties and instabilities which shape contemporary urban living, to unveil critical concerns on the impact of such unsettling practices on the production of housing environments and to foster an inquiry into potential responses in the form of policies, governance, social innovation, community initiatives and planners’ investments.

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Important Dates

  • Call for abstracts/open registration: 27.01.2020
  • Deadline for abstract submission: 22.03.2020
  • Notification of abstract approval: 27.04.2020
  • Deadline for Early bird for Registration: 10.05.2020
  • Full papers deadline: 31.05.2020
  • Papers to be considered for the Bengt Turner Award: 31.05.2020



Coming soon

Bengt Turner Award

The aims of the Bengt Turner Award are to encourage new researchers to write research papers on housing and urban issues linked to the topics of the European Network for Housing Research (ENHR) Working Groups, to increase awareness of ENHR, and to keep alive the memory of Bengt Turner.

As researchers working on or just having finished their PhD are the focus of the Bengt Turner Award, the winning paper would not have to be publishable as a journal article, but it would demonstrate a clear potential to form the basis of a journal article.

As of 2015, the Bengt Turner Award is awarded to the best conference paper of the annual ENHR conference.
A 1st and 2nd runner up are also nominated.

If you wish for your paper to be considered for the award, please tick the corresponding box in the Groups step during submission.

View more info | How to apply


The Landmark Nicosia Hotel, 5*

The Landmark Nicosia is the only five-star hotel in Nicosia and counts 40 years of operation. The hotel resides only 10 minutes walking distance from the city centre, shopping and entertainment areas; conveniently located next to the business district.



Nicosia is the largest city, capital and seat of government of Cyprus, and as such is the farthest southeast of all EU member states’ capitals. It has been continuously inhabited for over 4,500 years and has been the capital of Cyprus since the 10th century.



The history of Cyprus is one of the oldest recorded in the world and its historical significance is disproportionate to its size. Cyprus is the third largest island in the Mediterranean, after Sicily and Sardinia, with an area of 9.251 sq. kms (3.572 sq. miles).




The European Network for Housing Research (ENHR) was established in 1988 to provide an organizational platform for institutions and individuals in (and outside) Europe, who are actively engaged in housing research. The network now has about 700 members representing almost every country in Europe and a fair number of non-European countries.

Professor of Housing Systems Peter Boelhouwer (Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands) is Chair of ENHR. He will welcome you all during the opening ceremony of the conference. The ENHR Secretariat is located at Delft University of Technology.

ENHR is where housing specialists from North and South, East and West should feel they are not in an isolated position but part of a housing research network that can bring their research efforts on a higher level.

ENHR is the platform for young as well as experienced housing researchers and housing sector specialists to meet and discuss research approaches and outcome, compare housing policies in European countries, join forces in finding research funding and publication options in magazines and books. For this, about twenty-five Working Groups, ranging from Collaborative Housing to Welfare policy are active.

The New Housing Researchers Colloquium, taking place during ENHR conferences, offers PhDs their own platform and network opportunities. The conference in Nicosia will once again provide an opportunity for young researchers to present and discuss their work with their counterparts, exchange ideas and experiences and receive valuable feedback from ENHR mentors.

As a member, you enjoy a discount for ENHR conferences as well as a substantial discount for the annual conference of the Urban Affairs Association (UAA) based in the United States.