The Housing Studies Association Committee is elected by people who are involved in housing research and education. Each year three members retire and are replaced by a postal ballot of membership. All members of the HSA are eligible to stand for election to the Committee and details of the ballot are circulated to the HSA membership each year.

  • David Manley


    David Manley is a Reader in Quantitative Geography in the School of Geographical Sciences, at the University of Bristol. His research interests span residential mobility, neighbourhood inequalities and segregation and this work focuses on connecting advanced quantitative methods to these domains to uncover new evidence relating to the interactions between people and places. He completed his PhD in 2006 at the University of St Andrews and was previous a Research Fellow at the Centre for Housing Research, University of St Andrews.


  • Sarah Payne

    Vice Chair & Membership Officer

    Sarah Payne

    Sarah Payne is an academic based in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at the University of Sheffield. Sarah’s research specialism is in the causes and consequences of institutional change in the real estate development process with a specific interest in what limits or stimulates new housing development. Her recent research has examined housebuilder motivations and behaviour towards zero carbon homes, green infrastructure and housing market recovery and has undertaken research funded by the ESRC, NERC, DCLG, RICS and British Academy. She is currently working on a NERC innovation project exploring green infrastructure interventions with built environment professionals in Manchester. Sarah was elected to the HSA Executive Committee in 2014, as Membership Officer in 2015 and as Vice Chair in 2016.


  • Ryan Powell


    Ryan Powell

    Ryan Powell is Reader in Urban Studies in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at the University of Sheffield and has conducted research for the ESRC, JRF, the Big Lottery Fund, DWP, CLG, Northern Ireland Executive, Scottish Government, Welsh Government, regional bodies, and various local authorities and charitable organisations. The central theme of his research is seeking to understand the socio-dynamics of unequal power relations and their consequences in terms of urban marginalisation, both contemporary and historical. This includes access to housing and employment as well as wider questions of citizenship, urban governance and the stigmatisation of “outsider” groups.


  • Lindsey McCarthy


    Lindsey McCarthy

    Lindsey McCarthy is a Research Associate at the Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research (CRESR) within Sheffield Hallam University, with research interests in the areas of homelessness and housing exclusion. She is particularly interested in subjective experiences of housing and ‘home’, especially amongst more marginalised groups and those living in inadequate accommodation. Since starting her role at CRESR, Lindsey has developed her specialism in the field of housing and expanded her expertise to related areas. Over the past year she has developed a keen interest in tenant experiences of the private rented sector, specifically around fuel poverty, property conditions and landlord-tenant relationships.


  • Beth Watts

    Communications Officer

    Beth Watts

    Beth Watts is a Research Fellow at I-SPHERE, Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, with research interests in the areas of homelessness, youth homelessness and social housing policy. Much of her recent work has focused on the impact of welfare reform and austerity on homelessness, and on the ethics and effectiveness of conditional forms of welfare provision. She has a particular interest in bringing tools from political and moral philosophy to bear in policy analysis. She completed her PhD comparing homelessness policy in Scotland and Ireland in 2013 at the University of York and has previously worked as a researcher at The Young Foundation, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and Shelter.


  • Jenny Hoolachan

    Web Officer

    Jenny Hoolachan

    Jenny Hoolachan is a Lecturer in Sociology/Criminology in the School of Social Sciences at Cardiff University. Her research interests include youth, homelessness, private renting and substance use. Jenny is a qualitative and interdisciplinary researcher. Her PhD, which she completed in 2016 at the University of Stirling, used ethnography to explore the drug and alcohol use of young people living in homeless temporary accommodation. Previously, Jenny worked as a researcher for the Centre for Housing Research at the University of St Andrews and was engaged in work around the concept of ‘Generation Rent’ and inter-generational justice. Jenny has benefitted from the early-career support provided by the HSA since 2014, before joining the Committee at the end of 2016.


  • Martin Field

    Martin Field

    Martin Field has recently been appointed as an Honorary Associate of the Centre for Comparative Housing Research at De Montfort University in Leicester. Prior to this he was a Senior Researcher for five years at the University of Northampton, and before that held senior housing posts in the East Midlands local authority and regional sectors, covering a range of operational and strategic housing responsibilities. He is a Director of the Confederation of Housing Co-operatives. Recent papers and publications cover: strategic planning; housing market and land supply dynamics; community-led housing and neighbourhood developments; neighbourhood planning; the housing retrofit market; and ‘community well-being’.

  • Brian Robson

    Brian Robson

    Brian Robson is Policy and Research Programme Manager at the Joseph Rowntree Foundation where he leads JRF’s housing policy and research work, currently focused on the links between housing and poverty. Brian also leads on JRF’s involvement in the JRF/ESRC/AHRC UK Housing Evidence Centre. Prior to joining JRF, Brian worked in policy roles at the National Housing Federation and Northern Housing Consortium. He began his career in housing at a large London-based housing association, and has also worked as a parliamentary researcher and served as a local councillor.




  • Tony Manzi

    Tony Manzi

    Tony Manzi is Reader in Housing and course leader for the MA Housing Practice at the University of Westminster. His main research interests are in applying social theory to understand the politics of housing, the governance of urban areas and resident participation. Tony completed his PhD, on managing change in the housing association sector, in 2006 at University College London. His recent publications include work on community engagement, professionalism in housing practice, localism and welfare reform. He has previously worked for the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham and Notting Hill Housing Trust.

  • Ben Pattison

    Ben Pattison

    Dr. Ben Pattison is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Regional, Economic and Social Research (CRESR) at Sheffield Hallam University.  He has broad experience across housing policy with a particular interest in private renting and social security. His PhD from the University of Birmingham focused on the recent, rapid growth of the private rented sector in England. He has also served as a trustee for a local charity which provides accommodation to refused asylum seekers and homeless refugees. Ben joined the executive committee for the Housing Studies Association in 2012.


  • Joe Crawford

    Joe Crawford

    After 10 years working at Shelter in Glasgow, Joe Crawford took a teaching fellow post at the University of Stirling’s Housing Policy and Practice Unit. He completed his PhD at the University of Stirling on the theme ‘A Political Sociology of Eviction Practices in the Social Rented Housing Sector in Scotland’, which was examined in 2015 by Keith Jacobs and Tony Manzi. Joe has been working at the University of St Andrews’ Centre for Housing Research since January 2015. An early-career qualitative researcher with a passion for social theory, Joe’s research interests include homelessness, spatial inequality and urban marginality, housing management, and housing policy and practice.


  • Richard Dunning

    Richard Dunning

    Richard Dunning is a Lecturer in Planning at the University of Liverpool, where he teaches urban regeneration, housing and real estate economics. Richard’s research focuses on understanding housing markets, with a particular emphasis on behavioural interpretations. This focus follows on from a PhD on owner-occupation search behaviour, research for DCLG on incentivising development and for the RICS on estate agent adaptations to changing technology and buyer and vendor behaviour. He thoroughly enjoys being a member of the HSA and has found the support for Early Career Researchers a particularly stimulating facet of the Association. His mind sometimes roams to road bikes and hill climbs.


  • Helen Taylor

    Helen Taylor is a Lecturer in Housing at Cardiff School of Health Sciences, Cardiff Metropolitan University. She is currently finishing her PhD which looks at approaches to social justice and the Housing (Wales) Act. Helen is an Applied Philosopher who uses philosophical frameworks to assess contemporary policy. She has a particular interest in housing and welfare policy, and devolution. Prior to academia, Helen worked in frontline homelessness organisations.


  • Gavin Smart

    Gavin Smart

    Gavin Smart is deputy chief executive at the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH). He leads CIH’s policy and good practice work which aims to support the housing profession and to influence government policy and thinking. Gavin also leads CIH’s marketing, communications and sales team with overall responsibility for managing CIH’s external profile with members, the wider profession, government, stakeholders and the public. Before joining the CIH he worked for the National Housing Federation as assistant director for research and futures with responsibility for leading the Federation’s policy work on public investment in the housing association sector and the broader finance policy agenda as well as leading the Federation’s research and analysis function. Prior to that he work in central government and at the University of Bristol.

  • Jennie Donald

    As Deputy Chief Executive of the Northern Ireland Federation of Housing Associations (NIFHA), Jennie Donald manages the organisation’s policy, practice, research and communication services as well as leading influencing on development, finance and procurement. Jennie joined NIFHA from the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) in 2013 and previously held posts in the Department for Social Development in urban regeneration policy and as Private Secretary to the Minister from 2008 to 2010. In February 2014, Jennie was appointed Chair of the Interim Regulatory Committee in the Republic of Ireland and she has been a Trustee of Depaul Ireland since September 2016.