Our People


Louise Reid

Louise joined CHR in 2010 as a Research Fellow. Now a lecturer in DGSD, and Director of the Centre, Louise is a social scientist working in the area of sustainable practices with a particular interest in the processes through which these influence and are influenced by everyday household life. Louise is PI on an ESRC Future Research Leaders Project ‘Smarter Homes’ and also tweets. Prior to taking up her post in CHR, Louise worked as Research Fellow on an ESRC/BBSRC/MRC funded project: Behaviour Well-being, Environment and Life (2009-2010) at the University of Aberdeen. MORE Louise returned from maternity leave in the Summer, having given birth to her son Archie in 2017. Following her return, Louise will be concentrating on completing her ESRC Future Leaders Grant (2013-2018) on Smarter Homes.


Katherine joined CHR as a PhD student in October 2012, became a Research Assistant working with Dr Louise Reid in October 2015, before being appointed as a Lecturer in Sustainable Development in 2017. Katherine is a social scientist interested in low-carbon living, comfort, and energy demand. Her recent PhD research at the University of St Andrews explored the meaning of home comfort and compliments CHR’s research which is bringing together housing, energy and sustainability studies in new ways. Follow her on Twitter or read more on her blog. MORE

sharon leahy

Sharon is a qualitative researcher with interests in ethnicity, border politics and the role of law and the state in securitization. Her PhD in ethnicity, acceptance and the politics of representation laid the foundations for her more recent research on trafficking law and the ‘everywhere border’ within both Irish and UK contexts. She is currently examining how borders are securitized by non-state actors, focusing on immigration checks in the private rented sector. MORE

A mixed-methods researcher, David’s interests centre on issues relating to migration, labour markets and welfare. He has published widely on topics such as labour migration, labour market dynamics and welfare state restructuring, and he is committed to engaging non-academic audiences in his work. MORE

Albert is a research fellow in the Centre for Population Change, and was previously employed by CHR. Before moving to St Andrews he held research posts at the Cathie Marsh Centre for Census and Survey Research (University of Manchester) and at the Centre for Demographic Studies (Autonomous University of Barcelona). His current research focuses on three research themes. MORE


Megan joined CHR as a PhD student in September 2015, having received an MSc in Environmental Technology from Imperial College London (2014) and an MA in Environmental Management from Harvard University (2012). Her research is seeking to understand to extent to which phenomena within the housing sector, specifically the Tiny House movement in the United States and the Hutting movement in Scotland, represent a challenge to consumerism and ultimately shift mainstream ideas around sustainable housing toward the promotion of small-space living.

My research project is an ESRC 1+3 funded project undertaken as a collaboration between the University of St Andrews and James Hutton Institute. It critically assesses the ability of Health Smart (HSH) to enhance the wellbeing of older (rural) residents. A Health Smart Home enables its residents to remain independent and safe in their own homes by utilising Smart Home Technologies for assistance with, and monitoring of, their healthcare. I am supervised by Drs Louise Reid and Kim McKee.


Joe Doherty
  • Professor Joe Doherty
  • Role: Professor Emeritus
  • Phone Number: 01334 462894
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Joe Doherty’s research focuses on social exclusion and homelessness. He was a founding Director of the St Andrews Centre for Housing Research (1990-2008) and a Co-ordinator of the European Observatory on Homelessness (1996-2008). He is presently a member of the International Advisory Board of the European Journal of Homelessness. MORE

John Flint
  • Professor John Flint
  • Role: Professor of Town and Regional Planning, University of Sheffield
  • Phone Number: 0114 222 6902
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John joined the University of Sheffield in 2011 and is currently Head of Department. Central to John’s research are interests in urban governance, citizenship and social justice, which he has explored through a focus on housing, anti-social behaviour, social cohesion and neighbourhood renewal policies. John is currently an Executive Committee member of the Housing Studies Association; Managing Editor, journal of Housing Studies; and a member of sub-panel 16 for the 2014 Research Excellence Framework. MORE

Mary Taylor
  • Dr Mary Taylor
  • Role: CEO, Scottish Federation of Housing Associations
  • Phone Number: 0141 332 8113
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Mary has been CEO of the SFHA since 2010. Prior to this she was a Senior Teaching Fellow at the University of Stirling. During her academic career she was seconded to the housing regulator and advised the Scottish Parliament on housing stock transfer. Mary is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Housing and has served on the CIH Scotland Board. In 2013, she received an honorary fellowship from RICS MORE

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  • Maarten Van Ham
  • Role: Professor of Urban Renewal, Delft University of Technology
  • Phone Number: 0031(0)15 2782782
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Maarten is a population geographer with a background in economic and urban geography; He has a special interest in the causes and consequences of both residential mobility and migration (why do people move residence and what are the consequences of moving for the housing, household and labour career?). His research is of an international and interdisciplinary nature, and he has research projects in the UK, The Netherlands, Germany, Sweden, Lithuania, and Estonia. MORE...