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Global Home Index at the United Nations

Argentina, Uruguay, Chile, Paraguay, Dominican Republic and Peru are so far the first countries where the Home Renaissance Foundation and our two main partners have presented the first report of the Global Home Index. We will also be launching the results at the United Nations where Professor Patricia Debeljuh will discuss the findings and also be presenting them in Italy, Portugal and Spain. HRF will be holding an event in the UK at the House of Commons in September.

More than 9,000 people from 94 countries across 5 continents participated in this Global Home Index study which you can find here.This first report is a comparative study of 20 countries. Please click here to participate, your view makes a valid contribution to society.

November HRF Conference

Our International and Interdisciplinary Conference on Home and Health will be held in November 2017 at the Royal Society of Medicine in London. Is the Home a place of growth, care and wellbeing? How do the home and the work of the home impact on the health of humans as social beings and members of society? Submission procedure and general guidelines for papers and registration can be found on the link below.
We are delighted to announce that the prestigious Scientific Committee is now complete and includes Sir Harry Burns, Lord Richard Best, Professor Rosa Lastra and Doctor Enrique Rojas, among others. Two of the keynotes are being delivered by Professor Sheila the Baroness Hollins and Doctor Timothy S. Harlan. For further information visit:

"Work of the Home and Social Relationships"

A new relevant conference paper can be found on the link below. Giulia Frezz, Helen Keefe and Marta Bertolaso analyse the 'Work of the Home and Social Relationships' as a guide to domestic care for the elderly.

As our Director, Marta Bertolaso explains: "Many studies address the problem of loneliness and social isolation among aging populations. This research offers a better understanding of the loneliness problem itself as well as more awareness of what thriving homes can offer by way of long-term technological and social solutions for a growing demographic phenomenon." This
article can be found here.


HRF Book Publication

This year HRF will publish a book inspired by our recent Experts Meeting disseminating the myths and misconceptions and the true meaning of the home. Looking at the home from a new angle, tackling areas as diverse as Sociology, Economics, Philosophy and Architecture, the book will be edited by Professor Emeritus Antonio Argandona, and should make a real impact on the worldview of the home. It identifies how the home functions both internally and externally, taking into consideration its important role in society.


"The Work of the Home" by Prof. Sophia Aguirre

A new working paper can be found on the link below. It aims to analyse the work of the home from the perspective of Sociology. As our Director explains: "The work of the home has been a paradigm worthy of academic analysis since long before the 1960s shift of women to the labour market. In fact, in the late eighteenth century and nineteenth century we find important intellectual antecedents in Home Economics as a field interested in the work of the home as a necessary social good."

Launch at the House of Lords

Lord Richard Best OBE hosted a breakfast event in the House of Lords on March 24th on behalf of Home Renaissance Foundation. The event was to launch "Bricks and Mortar Across Generations: A Think Piece on Intergenerational Living in the UK". The report explores the contours of policy and practice surrounding homes where two or more adult generations live under the same roof. It presents the findings of interviews with policymakers, practitioners and thought leaders in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland and calls for a Commission on Intergenerational Housing.
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