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Call for Special Issue Papers: Innovation in Housing

Special issue call for papers from Construction Innovation

Guest Editors:

Professor Kerry London, University of South Australia. Australia, [email protected]
Associate Professor Peter  S.P. Wong , RMIT University, Australia, [email protected]
Dr Zelinna Pablo, University of South Australia, Australia, [email protected]


Submission Guidelines:

Author guidelines, including on formats and length limit, must be strictly followed and can be found on the journal web site at:

Submissions to must be through Scholar-One Manuscripts. Registration and access are available at:


Housing is a significant sector for an economy. The sector is central to highly-topical issues such as housing affordability, economic stimulation and environmental performance, and serves as a key policy instrument addressing societal needs. However as a sector housing has gained worldwide attention given escalating issues in access, quality and inclusion. To address many of these issues, there has been a resurgence of interest by academics, industry and policymakers alike on prefabrication (off site manufacturing) and industrialised building as well as smart housing, BIM and augmented reality in quite a few countries. Such disruptive technologies require new thinking, business models and approaches which enable us to question traditional craft based approaches. New technologies often introduce other innovations as enablers. It is timely to bring together the collective thinking in this area. The aims of this issue are to:

  • Develop theory in innovation focussed on the housing sector
  • Present empirical evidence and exemplars in practice for international comparative analysis
  • Present novel research methodologies and conceptual models in pure and applied areas
  • Develop a more nuanced understanding of the challenges within this sector through critique and discourse of housing innovation diffusion rather than simplistic reporting of studies with little relevance to industry practice
  • Share knowledge about research translation and impact
  • Identify new areas for teaching programs to improve the professionalisation of the workforce

A list of potential topic areas include:

  • collaborative practice
  • adoption and diffusion
  • barriers and enablers
  • business models
  • return on investment
  • policy instruments
  • regulation
  • training and education
  • research translation
  • research impact
  • industrialised building
  • offsite manufacturing
  • prefabrication
  • BIM
  • digital collaborative practices
  • smart housing

The closing date for submission of manuscripts is 30 June 2017.  This special issue is scheduled to be published in January 2018

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Editorial team.