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.