Our People


Donald Houston

Donald was appointed director of CHR in April 2014. The theme underlying Donald's research is the social welfare implications of urban and regional change in Britain. Donald has investigated the roles of migration, commuting, housing and social policy in producing and reinforcing social disadvantage. He is currently investigating the environmental justice implications of flooding in the UK and how housing and urban development can be made more sustainable. MORE


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Rosen joined Centre for housing research in January 2013 as a research fellow. Recently, his research work has focused on monetary transmission mechanism, inflation dynamics and modelling and measuring inference and biases caused by exogenous shocks to dynamic panel estimators. Current research work focuses on modelling the true statistical process of regional house prices, regional house price convergence in the UK and also investigating anomalies in UK housing wealth by looking at longitudinal data sets. His most recent work has been published in the Journal of macroeconomics and in the SIER working paper series.

  • Nathalie Ferguson
  • Role: CHR Administrator and PA to Dr Donald Houston
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Administrator for the Centre and Personal Assistant to the Director, Dr Donald Houston. Nathalie is the first point of contact for any enquiries to The Centre. At present, Nathalie is in the office all day Tuesday and Thursday.

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Catherine is our Network and PC Technician and looks after the Centre’s IT functions, hardware and software. She also keeps an eye on telephones and alarm systems as well as backing up data and keeping systems running smoothly. She joined CHR in 2011, and previously worked with local authorities, central government and social housing providers in a network support role. Catherine studied Experimental Psychology at the University of Sussex and in her spare time enjoys running her Siberian Huskies.

Ewan Mackie

Ewan has been with CHR since 2001 and is an IT Officer for the Supporting People Client Record & Outcomes Project, developing web-based solutions for the collection and analysis of Supporting People data. An Adobe Certified Expert in Coldfusion, Ewan studied Information Technology at the University of Abertay Dundee. He brings extensive experience of IT methods for social sector research.

Keith Maynard

Keith has worked at CHR since 2007 and his roles have included quality control and analysis of social housing data on the Supporting People and SCORE projects. He is currently working on research projects relating to local housing planning policy, house price data, housing vulnerability and locational effects on small businesses.

Kim McKee

Kim’s research interests are in housing, community and social-spatial justice, and cross-cut the fields of social policy and urban geography. She has particular expertise in community ownership of social housing, and community-asset ownership more generally. Kim is currently Chair of the Housing Studies Association (UK learned society) and an editorial board member of the Housing Studies journal. Her work is both policy-relevant and theoretically informed, engaging with international debates on Foucauldian governmentality theory. She has led and contributed to research funded by the ESRC, Leverhulme, Carnegie and the British Academy amongst others. MORE

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Meah has been with CHR since 2003 and currently works as Data Quality Assessor for the Supporting People Client Record & Outcomes project. This involves contacting housing-related service providers to resolve errors in data submitted, as well as providing general project information. He studied Business computing and globalization at Dundee University.

Dr. Tian Miao (Julie) joined the Centre for Housing Research, University of St Andrews, UK as a Research Fellow in January 2013. Her current role is involved with the Scottish Cities Knowledge Centre, a think-tank for the Scottish Cities Alliance. Julie received her PhD in the Bartlett School of Planning, University College London. Her PhD study paid attention to the effects of science & technology parks and innovation management on China’s regional development. She is currently the Student Representative for the Regional Studies Association. MORE

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Tom is a Research Fellow on the 'Mind the (Housing) Wealth Gap' project, focusing on the housing tenure choices of young people, intergenerational justice, and implications for future welfare. Tom also has research interests in forms of community asset ownership, housing, and regeneration. He has conducted research on the social impact and benefits of community land trusts in England (funded by the British Academy) and is currently involved in the organisation of the ESRC-funded seminar series The Big Society, Localism and Housing Policy. Tom is an elected committee member and the membership officer of the Housing Studies Association, a learned society that supports and promotes housing research in the UK.

Craig Mudie

Craig has been with CHR since 2004 and has worked his way up from data processor to his current role as project assistant on the Client Record & Outcomes project. He provides email and telephone helpdesk cover and general project support, as well as analysis of project databases. He studied Political Science at Dundee University and I.T. at the University of Abertay, Dundee.


Darja is a lecturer in the geography of housing and labour markets. She joined the CHR in 2011 as Marie Curie Fellow. Her work combines housing with work-related issues and spatial mobility. Her current research looks at the local embeddedness of entrepreneurship and the relationship between housing assets and small firms/firm formation.

Albert joined CHR in December 2012 having previously 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

  • Dr Adriana Soaita
  • Role: Research Fellow - Mind the (Housing) Wealth Gap
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Adriana’s broad interest in housing includes comparative perspectives on housing systems, housing provision and urban housing types across Europe, with a particular focus on post-communist states. She is interested in the challenges that residents face in accessing, managing and improving their housing conditions and wellbeing, the multiplicity of meanings they attach to their housing, and the key role of social capital and social (housing) policy within processes of housing governance. MORE

Norman Stewart

Norman is Project Manager for the Client Records and Outcomes data collection project and provides additional research/analytical support for other ongoing CHR projects. Norman is a qualified Prince2 practitioner.


Mark Boyle

Mark’s area of interest focuses on business research along with real estate development analysis in relationship with segmentation demography. Economic sector experiences include the banking, transportation, and food industries. Mark joined CHR as a PhD student in September 2010. His research centres on high speed rail discourse in the US.

Xiaoqi Feng

Xiaoqi’s research investigates ethnic inequalities in the labour market and social class mobility at the neighbourhood scale in England. Using longitudinal statistical models and a uniquely large data set (the Office for National Statistics Longitudinal Study), she explores whether inequalities in life chances are the result of the types of neighbourhoods in which people live. MORE

Ciaran joined the CHR in September 2011 having studied MA (Hons) Geography and MRes Human Geography at the Universities of Dundee (2008) and Glasgow (2010), respectively. Funded by the ESRC this CASE PhD studentship provides collaborative research within the local authorities of Dundee and Edinburgh city councils. It focuses on measuring the impact of social investments in the areas of cultural and leisure participation.

Alice Oldfield

After graduating from the University of St Andrews with an M.A.(Hons) degree in Geography, Alice joined CHR as a PhD student in September 2010. Her research centres on the value and use of public green space within the neighbourhood, questioning its importance as lifestyles change.

Lorenzo joined the CHR as a PhD student in October 2011, after completing an MSc in Development Studies at the University of Glasgow. The focus of his research is on evaluating the impact of the cultural and creative industries in Dundee and Edinburgh. Although his work will make use of predominantly quantitative methods, the overarching aim of the project is to capture value beyond the sole monetary dimension.

David Waite

David’s area of focus is city-region competitive advantage, particularly how city-region competitiveness emerges from the intersection between place-based and cross-spatial economic processes. Having had exposure to urban development issues from a policy perspective prior to joining CHR, David has a strong motivation to develop research that will be useful for, and enriching to, officials in government.


Sharon Chisholm
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  • Role: Knowledge Exchange Specialist
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Sharon is CHR's Knowledge Exchange Specialist. She has 20+ years experience in progressive positions in social housing in Canada. Sharon is CHR's lead in collaborative efforts with local and international housing and place experts, building the Centre’s impact by linking its research to the people and organizations that use it.

William Clark
  • Professor William A. V. Clark
  • Role: Professor in the Department of Geography, UCLA
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William Clark has published extensively on demographic change and investigated models of residential mobility and the sorting processes that bring about residential segregation in the urban mosaic. He has pursued research in three broad areas, residential mobility and housing choice, interregional migration, and community and neighborhood outcomes.

Rory Coulter

Rory joined CHR as a PhD student in October 2009, after undertaking some research work here as an undergraduate. His thesis explores whether people in the UK are able to act upon their moving preferences and expectations. Rory successfully completed his PhD in 2012, and now holds a Research Associate position in the Department of Sociology at Cambridge University.

Chris Dibben
  • Dr. Chris Dibben
  • Role: Lecturer, School of Geography and Geosciences
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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

Stephen Gaetz
  • Dr. Stephen Gaetz
  • Role: Director, Canadian Homelessness Research Network
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Stephen Gaetz is the director of the Canadian Homelessness Research Network and the Homeless Hub, a clearing house for homelessness research. He is committed to a research agenda that foregrounds social justice and attempts to make research on homelessness relevant to policy and program development. His research on homeless youth has focused on their economic strategies, health, education and legal and justice issues. MORE

Sarah Glynn

Sarah Glynn is an academic and architect. She has been a Lecturer in Human Geography at the University of Edinburgh and a Teaching Fellow in Geography at St Andrews, and has an honorary research fellowship at the University of Strathclyde. Her recent publications have included work on multiculturalism, Islamism, and housing. MORE

Stephan is Research Fellow in the “Mind the (Housing) Wealth Gap” project. Having a strong background in comparative social policy, his main research focus rests on welfare markets and the privatisation of the welfare state. Besides this research interest, Stephan has expertise in pension/education policy and mixed methods. He is now based in the Dept of Geography at the University of Dundee. MORE

Duncan Maclennan
  • Professor Duncan Maclennan CBE FRSE AcSS
  • Role: Director
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Duncan is Director of the Scottish Cities Knowledge Centre and the Centre for Housing Research at the University of St Andrews. He is an economist with research interest in housing, infrastructure and cities. He has published more than a hundred academic articles and written/edited fourteen housing related books. He has an extensive record of advising public policymakers (advising OECD on Urban Affairs from 1984 to 1996, the World Bank between 1980and 2000 and the EU in the 1990’s), Since 2006 he has been involved in advising the Prime Minister’s Office or Department in the UK, Australia, Canada and New Zealand. MORE

Stephen Malpezzi
  • Professor Stephen Malpezzi
  • Role: Professor and Academic Director, James A. Graaskamp Center for Real Estate
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Stephen Malpezzi is the Lorin and Marjorie Tiefenthaler Distinguished Professor in the Wisconsin School of Business’s Department of Real Estate and Urban Land Economics, and the Academic Director of the James A. Graaskamp Center for Real Estate. His research includes work on economic development, the measurement and determinants of real estate prices, housing demand, and the effects of regulation and other economic policies on real estate markets. MORE

David Manley
  • Dr. David Manley
  • Role: Lecturer in Quantitative Geography at the University of Bristol
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David’s main research interests are related to neighbourhood effects, neighbourhood segregation, and the future of social housing. He is an expert in the use of large scale datasets for the exploration of a wide range of social issues.

David began working with the Centre for Housing Research in March 2012 as a research fellow on a three-year Leverhulme Trust funded project. His key research interests relate to the functioning and regulation of labour markets and the welfare state. David completed his PhD on the topic of work-welfare ‘cycling’ at the University of Dundee in 2009. Since then he has worked on projects for the Centre for Population Change, the Scottish Government and the Government Office for Science. He is now a Lecturer in Geography in the Department of Geography and Sustainable Development.MORE

Anthony OSullivan

Dr Anthony O’Sullivan is a Director of Newhaven Research Limited and an Honorary Professor in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Glasgow. Tony has been a housing economist for 30 years. His main research interests are housing market analysis and the economic analysis of housing policy. He lives in Edinburgh.

Louise Reid
  • Dr. Louise Reid
  • Role: Lecturer in Geography & Sustainable Development
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Louise is a social scientist working in the area of sustainable/pro-environmental behaviours, with a particular interest in the processes through which these influence and are influenced by everyday household life. 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.

Alison Sandeman
  • Dr. Alison Sandeman
  • Role: Assistant Registrar, Registry, University of St Andrews
  • Phone Number: 01334 463910
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Alison was the director of CHR's data projects for the collection, management and use of housing data. As a qualified PRINCE2 Practitioner, she has extensive experience of designing and implementing large-scale data projects. She has worked with a number of government departments and agencies to define and review the scope of evidence bases for key policy initiatives. Alison moved to Registry in 2014 to direct the University strategy in student admissions and recruitment. MORE

Beverley Searle
  • Dr. Beverley Searle
  • Role: Senior Lecturer in Human Geography, University of Dundee
  • Phone Number: 01382 386350
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Beverley is interested in the role of housing wealth in sustaining household welfare and well-being, in particular the challenges facing households within the context of economic fluctuations - from the social and financial consequences of economic prosperity and decline on housing careers, relationships and budget management, to the sustainability of owner-occupation and the need for more flexible tenure options. MORE

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  • Professor 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...

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Lee Williamson is currently working on the Wellcome Trust funded Scottish Health Informatics Programme, the longitudinal research support project on Linking genetic studies back through time. He is also a support officer for the Scottish Longitudinal Study (SLS) and work on the project ‘Understanding Scottish birth parity - a comparison of different data’ using the SLS. MORE