Academic Conference

This Home Renaissance Foundation (HRF) Academic Conference, supported by the Social Trends Institute (STI), will explore the contribution of the home to the wellbeing and happiness of individuals at all stages of life and, by implication, to wider society. It will be a great opportunity to demonstrate the vital role of the home in connecting and nurturing individuals through shared values, work, and purpose.

The conference builds upon HRF and STI's proven expertise in gathering world-class academics and professionals to present multidisciplinary research and experience relating to the life and work of the home. There is a clear public as well as academic and professional engagement with the topic of the home and its effects on society.

The 5th Conference will generate new material suitable for publication as a part of a growing series on topics relating to the home, but should also be a point of reconnection with and refreshment of themes explored in earlier HRF conferences and STI Expert Meetings. This will promote future evidence-based discourse and policy-making.

Happiness linked to activities of the home (I)

Individually. How does the home contribute to a person´s happiness at all stages of life? In the early years, when a person grows up, when an adult creates his own home and in later life. How does the work of the home impact our lives?

Happiness linked to activities of the home (II)

How does society benefit from happy homes? What is the direct and real relationship between home and society? Which is the real impact of an unhappy home in society? What does the management of the home have to contribute to happier homes?

Housing-Connecting & social interaction (I)

How do new trends in architecture and planning allow for maximum opportunities for those home activities and connections that lead to greater individual happiness?

Housing-Connecting & social interaction (II)

How do the new digital technologies allow for maximum opportunities for those home activities and connections that lead to greater individual happiness?




Bryan K. Sanderson, CBE

Before becoming Chairman and Founding Director of Home Renaissance Foundation and Chairman of the Low Pay Commission, Sanderson was Managing Director of BP, Chairman of BUPA and Standard Chartered Bank. He also helped establish the Learning and Skills Council as its first Chairman. He served as Vice Chairman of the Court of Governors at LSE and is a Trustee of the Economist Group. After gaining a BSc in Economics at LSE and furthering his education in the IMEDE Business School Lausanne, the majority of Sanderson's business life has been in the management of advances made in areas ranging from technology to corporate law, from financial regulation to societal and cultural behaviours.

Scientific Committee

Maria Teresa Russo

Maria Teresa Russo, Ph.D. in “Philosophy and Human Sciences Theory”, is Professor of Moral Philosophy and Bioethics at Roma Tre University. She is Editor in chief of the peer-review journal “MEDIC. Methodology & Education for Clinical Innovation”. She has been visiting professor at the University “Jean Jaurès” of Toulouse, Santiago de Compostela, Pontifical University of Santiago de Chile. Member of the scientific board of Italian and International journals: «Per la Filosofia», «Critical Hermeneutics», «Aurora. Papeles del Seminario María Zambrano». Her main research focused on the Spanish contemporary philosophy, ethical issues of healthcare and embodiment, with special reference to the Women’s Studies.

Lord Layard

Lord Layard is Professor of Economics at the London School of Economics, where he founded and directed the Centre for Economic Performance – one of Europe’s leading research centres. He is now Director of the Centre’s Wellbeing Programme and a member of the UK House of Lords where he focuses on education, employment, mental health, and of course, wellbeing policy. Richard’s just-published book Can we be happier? Evidence and ethic explores how teachers, managers, health professionals, couples, community leaders, economists, scientists, politicians, and we as individuals can create a happier world. He is also co-founder of Action for Happiness, an international movement to promote a happier way of living.

Renata Kaczmarska

Renata Kaczmarska is a Social Affairs Officer and a Focal Point on the Family located in the Division for Inclusive Social Development in the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) at the United Nations Secretariat in New York. She has served as the Focal Point on the Family in the Social Integration Branch of the Division since 2009. In this capacity, she acts as a spokesperson on family issues for the United Nations Secretariat. Kaczmarska works on family policy development in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. She conducts research on how family policies contribute to the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals and targets relating to poverty, health, education, gender equality and social integration.

Mohamed Gamal Abdelmonem

Professor Mohamed Gamal Abdelmonem is Chair in Architecture and the Founding Director of the Centre for Architecture, Urbanism and Global Heritage (CAUGH), and co-lead of Global Heritage Research at Nottingham Trent University. He previously lectured and taught architecture and design at The Royal Academy of Arts in London, University of California at Berkeley, University of Sheffield and Queen’s University Belfast. Professor Abdelmonem advises several governments and international organisations on aspects of sustainable heritage preservation, urban planning and the architecture of home. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and the 2014 recipient of the Jeffrey Cook Award for outstanding research in the Built Environment.

Baroness Hollins

Baroness Hollins is an independent crossbench life peer in the House of Lords, Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry of Disability at St George's University of London, and Honorary Professor of Spirituality, Theology and Health in the Department of Theology and Religion at the University of Durham. She chairs the Board of Beyond Words, a not for profit spin out social enterprise. Dr Hollins has been a clinical specialist, teacher, researcher and policy maker in mental health and has published over 200 scientific papers, books and accessible patient materials. Baroness Hollins was President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists (2005-2008), President of the British Medical Association (2012-2013) and Chair of the Board of Science of the British Medical Association (2013- 2016).

Antonio Argandoña

Antonio Argandoña holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Barcelona. He is Emeritus Professor of Economics and of Business Ethics and holds the "la Caixa" Chair of Corporate Social Responsibility and Corporate Governance at IESE Business School, University of Navarra. He is a member of the Royal Academy of Economics and Finance of Spain, President of the Standing Committee on Professional Ethics of the Economists' Association of Catalonia and a member of the Commission on Anti-Corruption of the International Chamber of Commerce (Paris). He has published numerous books, book chapters and articles in prestigious journals on economics and business ethics.

Rosa María Lastra

Rosa María Lastra is the Sir John Lubbock Chair in Banking Law at the Centre for Commercial Law Studies (CCLS), Queen Mary University of London. She is a member of Monetary Committee of the International Law Association, a founding member of the European Shadow Financial Regulatory Committee, an associate of the Financial Markets Group of the London School of Economics and Political Science, and an affiliated scholar of the Centre for the Study of Central Banks at New York University School of Law. From 2008 to 2010 she was a Visiting Professor of the University of Stockholm. She has served as a consultant to the International Monetary Fund, the European Central Bank, the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

Richard Peatfield

Richard Peatfield has been Consultant Neurologist at the Princess Margaret Migraine Clinic, Charing Cross Hospital and also at Mount Vernon Hospital, Northwood since 1989. He is honorary Senior Lecturer at Imperial College London. He qualified from the University of Cambridge and the Middlesex Hospital in 1973, and trained in General Medicine and Neurology in London and Leeds. His main clinical and research interest has been the diagnosis and management of headache.
He was book review editor of the journal Cephalalgia from 2009 to 2019. He is the editor of a number of books on neurological topics and especially on the management of headache for both clinicians and patients and has an interest in the causes and effects of headache on work and well-being.

Speakers & Panels

Speakers & Academics in Dialogue

Lord Layard - Keynote

Professor of Economics at the London School of Economics and Director of the Centre’s Wellbeing Programme

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Prof. Maria Pia Chirinos - Academic in Dialogue

Director for Institutional Relations and Professor at the Department of Humanities at the University of Piura, Perú

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Prof. Riccardo Prandini - Academic in Dialogue

Professor of Sociology of Cultural and Communicative Processes at Universitá di Bologna

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    Prof. Sonia Livingstone - Keynote

    Professor of Social Psychology in the Department of Media and Communications at LSE

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    Prof. Maria Bakardjieva - Academic in Dialogue

    Professor and Chair in Communication and Media Studies at the University of Calgary, Canada.

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    Prof. Bridgette Wessels - Academic in Dialogue

    Professor of Social Inequalities at the University of Glasgow

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    Round Tables

    Thursday November 12th 

    Agnieszka Nogal

    Prof. Agnieszka Nogal is Head of the Political Philosophy Faculty at the University of Warsaw

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    David Thunder

    David Thunder is a researcher and lecturer in political and social philosophy at the Institute for Culture and Society, University of Navarra.

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    Mark Cieslik

    Dr. Cieslik is a sociologist at Northumbria University, Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK.

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    Friday November 13th 

    Sonia Solicari

    Sonia Solicari is the Director of the Museum of the Home.

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    M. Gamal Abdelmonem

    Prof. Abdelmonem is Chair in Architecture and the Founding Director of the Centre for Architecture, Urbanism and Global Heritage.

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    Ioana Ocnarescu

    Head of Strate Research & Master in Design for Smart Cities at Strate, Ecole de Design Paris

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    Call for Papers

    What extent does the quality of domestic life (family relationships, environment, technical tools, housing style) influence individual and social happiness, in the context of current changes? Home Renaissance Foundation welcomes papers from experts, early career and doctoral scholars in a wide range of academic subjects and professional fields. The call for papers is now open. You will find the requirements in the PDF. Click Call for Papers below.

    • Anthropological and Sociological Aspects of Happiness

    • Are happiness and wellbeing the same thing?
    • Measuring individual and social happiness: what are the indicators?
    • Poverty and happiness in the home
    • Home and its role in children’s happiness. Why is this important?
    • The elderly as “creators” of happiness for children and young people


    • Home automation and wellbeing at home

    • Technology and housework: new solutions for reducing physical and cognitive efforts
    • The quality life of elderly people and systems for home automation: usability and accessibility
    • The contribution of SMART technologies to make easier (or difficult) happiness in the home
    • Domotics and the right to privacy
    • Children, Internet and happy relationships in family life
    • The digital divide between generations: how to recover the dialogue
    • ICT introduction and the socio-economic inequality among families: a reason for dissatisfaction?
    • Dinnertime, family dialogue and mobile phone use


    • Architecture and global housing challenges: wellbeing and happiness

    • How to design a happy home: new family needs in a time of social changes
    • Suburbs: ugly and unhappy? A challenge for the urban planners
    • Changes in the concept of comfort in history of the house architecture
    • Be homeless/Have home ownership: the relationship between housing and the satisfied life


    • Happiness in the urban context: fear and trust and happy neighborhood relations 

    • Loneliness and the decline of relationships in the “Amazon Age”
    • The Social Street phenomenon: towards common management of public spaces
    • Neighbourhoods as a melting pot: new ways for more fulfilling social interaction


    • Happiness and housework

    • Interdependency and gratuitousness: psychological and educational outcomes of housework
    • Desperate housewives? How to work more happily at home
    • The home care as a way for acquiring social skills and as precondition for hospitality
    • Why tidying up can change the domestic life: space, objects, emotions

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    Registration & Venue

    Conference days: 12th & 13th November 2020

    Location: The Royal Society of Medicine, London

    1 Wimpole St, Marylebone, London W1G 0AE


    Delegate Price: £340

    Early Bird Registration before 31st May 2020: £280

    Paper Givers Price: £187

    Undergraduates: £50

    Price includes coffee and lunch | Limited Places

    *A limited number of grants are available on application, please email us.

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