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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Helen Taylor is a Lecturer in Housing Studies 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 critically analyse contemporary policy, with a particular focus on work by John Rawls. Her research involves looking at questions of justice within the context of housing and welfare policy, and devolution. Helen is a board member of Tai Pawb and Cymorth Cymru, as well as being on the editorial board of the magazine Welsh Housing Quarterly. She joined Cardiff Met in September 2015 and enjoys delivering modules which relate to social policy, homelessness, and research skills as part of the University’s CIH Accredited degree programmes. Prior to working in academia, Helen worked for frontline homelessness organisations and a political monitoring company.
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.
Emma Bimpson is a Research Associate with the Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence (CaCHE), based in the University of Sheffield's Urban Studies and Planning department. Her recent PhD research explores transformations in housing and social support services that have taken place under programmes of austerity, localism, and marketisation in England. This research combines literature around the political economy of housing and welfare, with wider debates taking place within social care. Emma's recent work has focused on homelessness services and the evolving role of social and private landlords within local welfare systems and builds on prior experience as a practitioner within social and supported housing services.
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Tony Manzi is Head of Geography, Environment and Planning at Sheffield Hallam University. He was previously 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 the financialisation of housing, community engagement, professionalism in housing practice and localism. He has previously worked for the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham and Notting Hill Housing Trust.
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Philip Brown is Professor of Social Change and Director of the Sustainable Housing & Urban Studies Unit (SHUSU) at the University of Salford. Philip joined the University of Salford in 2005 as a Research Fellow and developed a programme of work which aimed to understand and contribute to alleviating the housing inequalities experienced by members of particular marginalised communities. Since this time he has led and delivered a wide range of projects for a range of funders including: the ESRC, EPSRC, European Commission, UK Government departments and devolved administrations, local authorities, housing organisations, charities and private sector organisations. He has broad experience and interests working in fields as diverse as social inclusion, migration, homelessness, fuel poverty, energy efficiency and regeneration.
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Ian Wilson is a Senior Research Fellow in the Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research (CRESR) at Sheffield Hallam University, where he leads its Social and Economic Regeneration team. His main research interest is evaluating housing and welfare policy and their impact on housing organisations and people/tenants. Much of Ian’s work has involved devising innovative methods and solutions for evaluation. For example: producing a measure of a Young Person’s proximity to the labour market; establishing the monetary value of health impacts from domestic energy improvements; identifying the impact of direct payment of housing benefit on tenants rent payment behaviour; and identifying the impact of New Deal Communities (NDC), including pioneering work to monetise the value of ‘perceptional’ outcomes from regeneration programmes. Ian joined the HSA committee in 2017.
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’.
As Head of the Northern Ireland Housing Executive’s (NIHE) Research and Equality Department, Karly Greene has overall responsibility for the Northern Ireland House Condition Survey and ensuring that the overall Research and Intelligence Programme is continually informing planning and housing policy. Karly joined NIHE in 2017 from Quadrangle, a London-based research consultancy, and previously held roles in Clarabridge and PwC. Her background in Research, consulting and analytics spans over a decade working with organisations across the private, public and voluntary sectors. She is a specialist in large quantitative and data driven projects mainly helping organisations better utilise their data to understand their relative market and customer base. She is experienced in working with multiple stakeholders to build customer/market segmentations and satisfaction/impact surveys, working with research users to successfully implement the recommendations from the insights.
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.
Craig Watkins is Director for Research and Innovation in the Faculty of Social Science and Professor of Planning and Housing (in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning) at the University of Sheffield. He is also Research Director of CaCHE – the UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence (a collaboration between 9 universities, the Chartered Institute of Housing, the RTPI and the RICS) funded by the ESRC, AHRC and Joseph Rowntree Foundation. Craig’s research explores the structure and operation of the housing system; and the interaction between public policy and land and property markets. Craig is a strong advocate of inter-disciplinary research, methodological pluralism and collaborative working between the academy and policy and practice communities. He has worked on more than 50 funded projects for a wide range of funders and has published more than 100 books, journal articles and reports.