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Submission Guidelines

This blog provides a forum for discussion and debate about housing and law-related matters.

We welcome submissions on national and international issues such as Grenfell, fire safety, housing conditions, housing rights, tenure reform, regulation, ownership, governance,  and tenant voice -  as well as in relation the projects shown above. Posts can take the form of op-ed pieces, reports on new research, analysis, or comment on legal issues and policy developments. 

To contribute, read our guidelines below and contact our editorial team:  ben.mcfarlane@law.ox.ac.uksusan.bright@law.ox.ac.uk

Please note that the editorial board does not endorse the content of Housing After Grenfell blog posts. Any view expressed in a Housing After Grenfell blog post should be attributed only to its author.


Housing After Grenfell has an open call for submissions related but not limited to the following:

  • Themed posts: On legal issues related to housing, especially tower-block housing; the Grenfell disaster; social housing.
  • Article or report reviews: Brief summaries of related new publications that may have wide appeal.
  • Opinion pieces: Express your views on recent developments or media coverage of the Grenfell tragedy, case, or related subjects.

Interested? Send a draft title and short summary of what you want to write, and a short author biography (50 words max), to ben.mcfarlane@law.ox.ac.uk or susan.bright@law.ox.ac.uk.  You can also submit a draft post if you've developed it already. One of us will then contact you and discuss further steps and timeframe. Please keep in mind the below guidelines.

Basic requirements

  • In the latest Word document or Pages format.
  • 750-1,500 words in length (longer posts will be accepted in special cases).
  • Already proofread.
  • Cross-posting or publication on other platforms is permissible only with the permission of the Editors of the blog and with a link back to the original article.

Stylistic requirements

  • Relevant sources and background should be hyperlinked, where possible. Hyperlink references and include them conversationally not academically; for example, 'see work by Mary Bosworth' rather than '(Bosworth, 2014). See this webpage on how to create hyperlinks for webpages in Word.
  • Please don't use footnotes (instead, just use links, as above).
  • Posts should be written in a clear and concise manner, avoiding jargon and wordiness.


Contributors are strongly recommended to supply the blog with an image to use for the post listing and/or within the post itself. Images must be either the author's own, or obtained from Creative Commons licenced sources.

The easiest way to find such images is by using Google, making sure to restrict the search criteria to a 'free use' option. (Here is Google's own guide.) Other options include Flickr (with a search query restricted to Creative Commons photos) and Pixabay (whose images are all Creative Commons CC0 licensed).

Please supply all attribution details (i.e., author's own, or which kind of CC licence) to the editor along with submission of your document.

Contributor's Agreement

In making a submission to Housing after Grenfell, the contributor:

  • warrants that the piece is their original work, and that there is no impediment to its publication on the Housing after Grenfell blog;
  • consents to the publication of the submitted piece on the Housing after Grenfell website provided that they are fully acknowledged as author;
  • agrees that Housing after Grenfell can use and store personal data provided by the author for the purposes of Housing after Grenfell before and after the publication of the author’s post; this includes that the Housing after Grenfell can publish the author’s name, position, and affiliation next to the blog post and also when cross-posting the Housing after Grenfell publication via our RSS, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn or similar media; and
  • consents to editorial changes and accepts that the editors have discretion in the choice of the blog post title.
  • assumes the responsibility to ensure that there are no copyright violations, defamatory remarks, or any other illegalities in their submission.