This seminar critically evaluates the inequalities of housing and the importance of intergenerational support for young people in Scotland. Recent debates highlight growing difficulties and barriers that the younger generation faces in the UK and Scottish housing markets. Support from older family members is recognised as increasingly important to youth housing transitions, especially in access to homeownership. However, this seminar argues that the role and importance of the “family home” has been largely neglected in the current housing discourse, dominated by discussions of ‘generation rent’, across the UK and beyond.
As housing in Scotland (and UK) becomes increasingly unaffordable, intergenerational support in the form of the family home can be crucial for young people. This seminar presents evidence from an original qualitative study and interviews with young people who are economically marginalised in Scotland. As will be illustrated through the lived experiences of young people, remaining in the family home is an important source of support in housing pathways, especially in the context of “generation rent” and for marginalised youth. The seminar will also examine varied expectations, emotions, and negotiations experienced by young people in receiving intergenerational support. The ways of mitigating complex challenges and precarity unique to this context, due to influences of neoliberalism in Scotland, will be discussed through the findings.
This discussion importantly contributes to the wider debates and our understanding of housing opportunities of the younger generation. This seminar argues for the need to develop a more diverse conceptualisation of what intergenerational family support means in housing and understand how this relates to youth experiences and social change in the 21st century.
About the Speaker:
Dr Mark Wong is an Assistant Professor/Lecturer in Social and Public Policy at the University of Glasgow in the UK. He is part of the Urban Studies subject group, which was ranked joint 1st place in the UK Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 and is widely regarded as one of the most reputable institutions for urban and planning research internationally.
Mark’s research interests are on youth policy, inequality and precarity, and online social networks. He completed his PhD in Social Policy at the University of Edinburgh in 2017. He was also involved in various research projects at the University of Edinburgh several years (including a project funded by the European Research Council) and was a Visiting Post-Doctoral Fellow at the EMBL European Bioinformatics Institute (Cambridge, UK). Mark has been interviewed by the BBC Radio Scotland and other major news media such as the Sunday Times and The Times in the UK about his work on marginalised youth.
The presentation in this seminar is based on a recent article published by Dr. Mark Wong in a leading international peer-review journal in housing research, Housing Studies. He is currently also working on utilising data science and social network analysis to investigate youth inequalities in the digital age.
Mark is the Programme Director of the MA(Soc Sci) Social and Public Policy programme and he acts as the UG Convenor of Urban Studies at the University of Glasgow.
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