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 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, managing director of the Critical Urbanist's Blog 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 also undertook a PhD looking at eviction practices in the social rented housing sector. Joe joined CHR in 2015 as a qualitative researcher.

  • 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

  • Nathalie Ferguson
  • Role: CHR Administrator and PA to Drs Kim McKee & Louise Reid
  • Phone Number: 01334 461787
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Administrator for the Centre and Personal Assistant to the Director. Nathalie is the first point of contact for any enquiries to The Centre. Nathalie working hours: Mon-Fri PM.

  • Jennifer Hoolachan
  • Role: Qualitative Research Assistant
  • Phone Number: 01334 461764
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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.

Tobias Jung

Prior to joining the University of St Andrews in January 2014, Tobias was Principal Research Fellow at Cass Business School, City University London, where he worked with the Centre for Charitable Giving and Philanthropy (CGAP) and the Centre for Charity Effectiveness (CCE). His research focuses on philanthropy, nonprofit organisations and evidence-based policy and practice. He is a regular presenter at international academic and practice conferences and is lead-editor of the forthcoming Routledge Companion to Philanthropy, the first critical international handbook in the field. 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

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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 part-time (Mon-Wed) on research projects relating to local housing planning policy, low-carbon homes and trends in house price data. 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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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.

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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

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.

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

Beverley Searle

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

  • Dr Adriana Soaita
  • Role: Research Fellow - Mind the (Housing) Wealth Gap
  • Phone Number: 01334 467258
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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. MORE

Fionagh is a methodologist with a number of research interests into the everyday behaviour of people: understanding what people do rather than what they think they do. She specialises in effective networks of knowledge exchange across academia, industry and government. Her background includes educational philosophy, environmental ethics, human geography, social forestry and visual anthropology.


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...