Since 1993, it has been an obligation of every ISA
Research Committee to have Statutes, failing which the Research
Committee will lose the right to be represented in the ISA Research
Council, to nominate members of the executive, and to receive a
RC43 has not until now had Statutes. The Statutes
that follow have been modelled after those of RC21. They have been
reviewed and endorsed by our Executive Council.
I. The Research Committee
on Housing and the Built Environment is referred to hereinafter
II. NATURE OF RC43
i. RC43 has been established in accordance with Article
Four of the ISA statutes adopted in August 1993.
ii. RC43 raises its funds by levying a subscription on its members,
and in other ways.
iii. RC43 administers its funds in accordance with Article Four
of the ISA Statutes.
III. OBJECTIVES OF RC43
The objectives of the RC43 are:
i. to create an international community among scholars in the field
of housing and the built environment.
ii. to promote the development of social science theory and research
on housing and the built environment.
iii. to contribute to informed decisions regarding intervention
in and invention of housing and the built environments supportive
of human needs.
IV. ACTIVITIES OF RC43
The activities of RC43 in pursuit of these objectives
include, among other things,
i. the publication of a Newsletter and a Directory of members.
ii. the promotion of conferences and similar activities.
iii. the promotion of comparative research
iv. the encouragement of research networks and exchanges of information.
i. Membership is open to all individuals and institutions
in the field of housing and the built environment.
ii. Membership entitles members
to receive the RC43 Newsletter, a Directory of members, and such
other publications as RC43 may issue
to receive travel grants made by RC43, subject
to such rules of eligibility as are established by the Executive
Council of RC43
to obtain at reduced cost any publications on
which RC43 has negotiated special rates for members
to vote at the Business Meetings of RC43
iii. Members are obliged
to observe the statutes of RC43
to carry out conscientiously any tasks entrusted to them by the
Business Meeting or other competent bodies of RC43
to pay membership fees at the rates which are periodically fixed
by the officers or the Executive Council of RC43
i. The officers of RC43 are at present the President,
two Vice-Presidents, Secretary, Treasurer and Newsletter Editor.
ii. The officers of RC43 shall carry out conscientiously the tasks
entrusted to them by the Executive Council of RC43.
iii. Among the tasks of the officers are:
-to be responsible for communications with the ISA
-to be responsible for preparing a scientific programme for RC43
at the World Congress of Sociology
-to arrange the Business Meetings of RC43
-to maintain a bank account
-to execute all decisions and be responsible for the running of
RC43 between Business Meetings.
-to submit reports on their activities at each Business Meeting
of RC43. These shall include reports on the Research Committee's
activities, its Newsletter and its financial position.
iv. The number of officers may be increased or decreased in order
to maximize the effectiveness of the work of RC43.
v. Decisions on the number of officers shall be made either at a
Business Meeting, or, between Business Meetings by the Executive
vi. Officers shall be elected at a Business Meeting, see Art. VII
vii. If any officer resigns or is unable to serve then the remaining
officers, with the advice of the Executive Council, shall appoint
VII. BUSINESS MEETINGS
i. A business meeting of RC43 shall be held during
each World Congress of Sociology in addition, interim meetings may
ii. Its functions are:
a. to receive reports on the work of RC43 since the last business
b. to elect the Executive Council and officers of RC43
c. to give guidance regarding the work of RC43, by passing resolutions
or by other means.
VIII. THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL
i. The Executive Council consists of:
-two ex-officio members: the founding and the immediate past President
-the elected officers: at present the President, two Vice-Presidents,
Secretary, Treasurer, Newsletter Editor, and
-eight elected ordinary members.
ii. The members of the Executive Council of RC43 shall be elected
as detailed in Art. IX
iii. In accordance with Article 4.6 of the ISA Constitution, every
officer of the RC43 Executive Council shall be a member of the ISA.
iv. Any change in the number of elected members on the Executive
Council shall be decided at a Business Meeting but before the election
v. The officers shall be entitled to co-opt up to two members between
vi. In the case of resignation or inability to serve of an Executive
Council member, the officers have the power to co-opt a replacement.
vii. The functions of the Executive Council are
-to promote all the activities of RC43
-to give advice to the officers on any matter relevant to RC43.
IX. ELECTORAL PROCEDURES
FOR THE ELECTED OFFICERS AND MEMBERS OF THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL OF
i. The election for Elected Officers and Executive
Council Members shall take place at a Business Meeting
ii. All RC43 members in good standing and present at the Business
Meeting shall be eligible to vote.
iii. All nominations must be submitted to the President no later
than 12 hours before the start of the Business Meeting. Nomination
papers must have support in writing of three RC43 members in good
standing other than the nominee.
iv. If no nominations have been received in time, the officers of
RC43 shall be empowered to nominate officers and members of the
v. The quorum for the Business Meeting shall be 20 members.
vi. If the Business Meeting is inquorate the officers, advised by
the Executive Council, shall designate a new Executive Council and
vii. Voting shall be by secret ballot.
viii. In the election for ordinary elected members the n persons
receiving the highest number of votes shall be declared elected.
The figure n is identical to the number of ordinary members elected
at the previous Business Meeting, unless it has been changed by
a motion passed subsequently. In the event of a tie, the choice
among those receiving the same number of votes shall be decided
by a run-off. Membership of the Executive Council shall be limited
to two consecutive terms of 4 years (i.e., a maximum of 8 years).
X. AMENDMENT OF STATUTES
i. Any motion to amend the statutes shall be sent to the Secretary
for publication in the RC43 Newsletter.
ii. Such motions should have the written support of ten members
of RC43 in good standing.
iii. Motions to amend the statutes will be considered at Business
Meetings of the RC43, and come into effect if supported by a simple
majority of those present and eligible to vote.