Our People


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 Managing Editor for the journal of Housing Studies, and past Chair of the Housing Studies Association. 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 joined CHR in 2010 as a Research Fellow. Now a lecturer in DGSD, 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 (though not as much as Kim!). 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


Before entering the field of academia, Joe worked as practitioner for Shelter in Glasgow for 10 years during which time he undertook an MPhil in Urban Policy and Practice at the University of Glasgow. In 2008 he took up a teaching post at the University of Stirling’s Housing Policy and Practice Unit where he gained his PhD on eviction practices in the social rented housing sector. Joe joined CHR in 2015 as a qualitative researcher. MORE

  • 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

Katherine joined CHR as a PhD student in October 2012 and became a Research Assistant, working with Dr Louise Reid in October 2015. Katherine is a social scientist interested in low-carbon living, comfort, and energy demand. Her ongoing PhD at the University of St Andrews explores 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

Jenny joined CHR in 2015 as a Research Assistant and will contribute to a range of projects. Her interest in housing research developed from her ongoing ESRC-funded PhD at the University of Stirling exploring the substance use of young people living in homeless accommodation. Other work has included an RA post investigating food practices in children’s residential homes and an ESRC internship with the Scottish Government's Drug Policy team. 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

Beverley Searle

Beverley is a senior lecturer at the University of Dundee. Prior to this she was a research fellow within the Centre for Housing Research, St Andrews. She 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

Adriana was previously employed by CHR as a research fellow on the Mind the (Housing) Wealth Gap project. Her 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


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.

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.

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.


Joe Doherty
  • Professor Joe Doherty
  • Role: Professor Emeritus
  • Phone Number: 01334 462894
  • Email:

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...