"In 1987, the author published a paper titled "What makes a house a home?" That contribution showed that house and home are not necessarily synonymous because a wide range of cultural, economic, socio-demographic political and psychological factors should be considered in tandem with architectural and geographical characteristics. In the same year "Housing, dwellings and homes" was published as an interdisciplinary monograph that showed the importance of context, dwelling practices, dialectical relations, and institutional constraints that need to be considered in terms of a temporal perspective. This book followed the article by examining the reciprocal relations between housing, dwelling and home with in-depth analyses of case studies in Australia, England and Switzerland. Since that paper and book were published numerous studies on housing and the meaning of home have collectively provided a vast collection of publications on these topics from a range of theoretical and methodological perspectives. Some have argued that home is not a useful concept. However, the fact that the words house and home have different meanings in diverse languages suggests that research is necessary in order to decipher the use of these terms in precise localities. The author's own work has stressed that although the concept of home is ambiguous it is a fundamental human concept which is grounded in sets of human relationships that order and define the status of individuals, households, families and larger social groups in society at large. Today it is appropriate to reconsider the same question in order to assess whether the sets of factors proposed in 1987 should be complemented by others, and what theoretical and methodological principles should be applied to study them."