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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Understanding Changing Housing Aspirations: a review of the evidence (Forthcoming/Available Online)
Author(s): Preece, Jenny
Crawford, Joe
McKee, Kim
Flint, John
Robinson, David
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Keywords: housing
housing aspirations
housing choice
housing policy
Issue Date: 1-Apr-2019
Citation: Preece J, Crawford J, McKee K, Flint J & Robinson D (2019) Understanding Changing Housing Aspirations: a review of the evidence (Forthcoming/Available Online). Housing Studies.
Abstract: This article reviews the literature on changing housing aspirations and expectations in contemporary housing systems. It argues that there is a conceptual and definitional gap in relation to the term ‘housing aspirations’, as distinct from expectations, preferences, choices and needs. The article sets out working definitions of these terms, before discussing the evidence on changing housing (and related) systems. Emerging research has begun to consider whether trends such as declining homeownership, affordability concerns, and precarious labour systems across a range of countries are fundamentally changing individuals’ aspirations for the forms of housing they aim to access at different stages of their lives. Whilst much of the research into housing aspirations has been considered in terms of tenure, and homeownership in particular, this article suggests that research needs to move beyond tenure and choice frameworks, to consider the range of dimensions that shape aspirations, from the political economy and the State to socialisation and individuals’ dispositions for housing.
DOI Link: 10.1080/02673037.2019.1584665
Rights: © 2019 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution license (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

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