The 2020 Scottish Housing Policy Conference, organised by UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence (CaCHE), took place online from 1-3 December. The theme was Scottish Housing Policies after COVID-19: Challenges and Constraints to 2025.
As 2020 comes to a close, and news of potential vaccines against COVID-19 bring hope of recovery in 2021, this conference was a timely opportunity for all those involved or interested in housing to take stock: to look back at the housing impacts of the pandemic to date and forward to the long-term implications for housing choices and policy in Scotland over the next five years.
This year the conference included a combination of pre-recorded presentations and live panel discussions with opportunities for Q&A, organised into these themed days:
- Day 1: The housing impacts of COVID-19: shock or shift to major Scottish outcomes?
- Day 2 – COVID-19 and long-term impacts on choices of homes, locations and neighbourhoods
- Day 3: Housing policies for Scotland after COVID-19
Professor Maclennan from Policy Scotland contributed the following video – COVID-19 and Residential Location and Neighbourhood Choices -for day two. Both he and Dr David Waite, also from Policy Scotland, took part in the discussion panels.
In this video Professor Maclennan and Professor Ken Gibb, Director of CaCHE, discuss future housing policies for Scotland after COVID-19. This set the scene for day three.