In 2017, the International Journal of Housing Policy organized its first Best Early Career Article Prize with the main goal of helping early career researchers to get more exposure and to further their academic career. Early career researchers were encouraged to submit critical articles that link housing policy to larger societal developments. The jury was particularly interested in articles that took on a cross-country comparative approach comparing housing issues in multiple countries.

A total of six papers were submitted for the award. The jury evaluated all six papers carefully and three articles stood out. The jury found Mirjam Büdenbender’s article with Oleg Golubchikov The geopolitics of real estate: assembling soft power via property markets very interesting and original, while Stephan Köppe’s article Britain’s new housing precariat: housing wealth pathways out of homeownershipwas considered to be impressively rigorous.

However, there was an overall consensus on the winning article: Giorgio Talocci’s article together with Camillo Boano ‘The de-politicisation of housing policies: the case of Borei Keila land-sharing in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The jury agreed that Talocci’s article was very interesting, lively and thoughtful. The jury argued that: “Talocci’s article is by far the most ambitious of all the submitted articles in terms of engaging with ideas and the global context, yet at the same time painting a vivid and convincing picture of the housing/political realities in the locality”. Giorgio Talocci will be awarded a 500-euro conference bursary and certificate, in addition to time-limited free journal access. All the members of the editorial and management board of IJHP would like to congratulate Giorgio on this well-deserved prize!

An announcement regarding the next IJHP ‘Early Career Article’ prize will be made in due course.