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DIRECTORS

Kim McKee

Kim joined CHR in 2010. An inter-disciplinary social-scientist, her qualitative research interests in housing, community and social-spatial justice crosscut the fields of Social Policy and Urban Geography. Kim is currently Chair of the Housing Studies Association, and a member of the Management Board for the journal of Housing Studies. She has led and contributed to research funded by the ESRC, Leverhulme, Carnegie and the British Academy, as well as commissioned work for the public and voluntary sectors. She is an active tweeter, and interested in online qualitative research methodologies. . MORE

Louise Reid

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. MORE

CHR STAFF

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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. MORE

  • Nathalie Ferguson
  • Role: CHR Administrator and PA to Dr Donald Houston
  • Phone Number: 01334 461787
  • Email: chr@st-andrews.ac.uk

Administrator for the Centre and Personal Assistant to the Director. 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.

Donald Houston

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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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. 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

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.

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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. MORE

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
  • Phone Number: 01334 467258
  • Email: ams24@st-andrews.ac.uk

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.

PHD STUDENTS

Katherine Ellsworth-Krebs

After completing a BSc in Sustainable Development from the University of St Andrews, Katherine joined the CHR as a PhD student in October 2012. Her research centres on domestic energy and low-carbon living; investigating how lifestyle expectations influence, and are influenced, by the physical features of the house.

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.

ASSOCIATE MEMBERS

Joe Doherty
  • Professor Joe Doherty
  • Role: Professor Emeritus
  • Phone Number: 01334 462894
  • Email: jd@st-andrews.ac.uk

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

Duncan Maclennan
  • Professor Duncan Maclennan CBE FRSE AcSS
  • Role: Director
  • Phone Number: 01334 463938
  • Email: dm103@st-andrews.ac.uk

Duncan is an international expert on the development of cities, the renewal of neighbourhoods and the economics of housing. He has published more than a hundred academic articles and written/edited fourteen housing related books. Duncan has advised governments on housing policy in the UK, Poland, France, Sweden, Ireland, New Zealand, Canada and Australia. He has also served as Principal Consultant to the OECD. In 1997 he was awarded a CBE in recognition of his contribution to housing and renewal policies in the UK, and is also an honorary member of both the UK Royal Town Planning Institute and the Charted Institute of Housing. MORE

David Manley
  • Dr. David Manley
  • Role: Lecturer in Quantitative Geography at the University of Bristol
  • Phone Number: (0)117 928 9954
  • Email: D.Manley@bristol.ac.uk

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. 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

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Tom is a qualitative researcher at the University of Sheffield. He has research interests in community asset ownership, housing, community, and the third sector. He has worked on research projects related to the housing tenure choices of young people, the big society and localism, and the growth, development and impact of community land trusts in England. Tom is an elected committee member of the Housing Studies Association, a learned society that supports and promotes housing research in the UK. MORE

Beverley Searle
  • Dr. Beverley Searle
  • Role: Senior Lecturer in Human Geography, University of Dundee
  • Phone Number: 01382 386350
  • Email: b.a.searle@dundee.ac.uk

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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  • Maarten Van Ham
  • Role: Professor of Urban Renewal, Delft University of Technology
  • Phone Number: 0031(0)15 2782782
  • Email: m.vanham@tudelft.nl

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...