Early Career Researcher's Prize (ECRP)

The prize gives early career housing researchers an opportunity to showcase their work to a wide and influential audience. The competition takes place yearly and is open to both UK and non-UK applicants. This is the third year that we will be running it, after a break during the pandemic.

The 2022 Prize is now open for entries, which must be submitted by the end of September 2022

The competition is open to those with up to eight years research experience. Candidates with or without a PhD, and those working within academic or non-academic institutions (the voluntary sector, think tanks, membership organisations, the media, housing associations etc) are welcome to apply. Please note that time spent in doctoral-level research study counts as research experience (as such, entrants who spent three years completing their PhD may have up to five year’s further work experience). Co-authored papers are permitted in cases where all authors meet the entry requirements. It is open to UK and non-UK applicants. It is our preference that papers have a focus that matches the broad interests of Thinkhouse.  This is policy publications that cover ways to increase the amount and quality of the UK’s housing stock and the related economic, social and community benefits of doing so.  However, the judging panel will accept papers that they consider are relevant to housing and related issues but please contact us beforehand. We will consider think pieces, review papers synthesising existing evidence and policy analysis, papers sharing the findings of original empirical research or investigative journalism type pieces. Journal articles or other papers already published or under review will be accepted. Your submission should be between 4,000-8,000 words in length and submitted in a MS Word format, which includes the following information: author(s) name(s), institutional affiliation, current job title, email address, paper title, 200 word abstract and word count. Papers must be submitted to contact@thinkhouse.org.uk by the end of September 2022. The winner will be awarded a prize of £500.

The judging panel will include members of the Thinkhouse Editorial Panel plus our sponsors (Altair and L&Q) and our media partner Inside Housing. Their decision will be final. Panel assessments will focus on the following criteria:

  • Writing style/clarity
  • Engagement with literature and theory
  • Methods
  • Empirical rigour/theoretical depth
  • Strength of conclusions
  • The extent of how the research is outcome and impact-focused so that it contributes to useful knowledge exchange
  • The scalability of the research (ie the scope to make a widespread difference)

They will make their decision by the 15th November 2022 and this will be communicated to all participants.


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