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Biography

I am a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Architecture and the Built Environment. I joined Northumbria University following the completion of my DPhil at the University of York examining the privatisation of local authority housing. My interest in housing policy and practice has developed across a range of research and teaching activities in this varied and evolving subject area. Research funded projects have included looking at youth homelessness, housing-led regeneration, and most recently strategic decision making and diversification into the private rented sector amongst housing associations. Over the years, I have contributed to a range of programmes, including undergraduate and postgraduate Housing courses. I deliver dissertation/research study and research methods modules to postgraduate Surveying students – something which highlights the breadth and dynamic nature of Built Environment research. My interest in the online learning experiences of students has grown out of my involvement with the Distance Learning MSc Surveying programme

Research interests

While at Northumbria University I have carried out applied research in a variety of housing policy and practice areas, including youth homelessness, tenant involvement, housing-led area regeneration, the housing and support needs of teenage parents, and housing association’s strategic decision making in relation to diversification into market renting activity in Northern England. I have been involved with research that has been funded by a range of organizations, including a Government Department, Crisis, local housing organizations and RICS Research Trust.

I have also carried out pedagogical research examining the changing nature of housing management and housing education, the student experience of distance learning, and making the links between the Surveying dissertation process and employability.

My current research interests are around the following:

  • Housing associations as evolving hybrid organizations in a rapidly changing policy context and shifting housing system – most recently exploring this in relation to diversification into market renting and the dynamics of competing/complementary social and commercial drivers within strategic decision-making processes. This epitomizes a wider interest in organizational strategic direction and decision making amongst social landlords as they operate in a radically altered policy and financial context within the wider restructuring of welfare and local governance.
  • Pedagogical research exploring stakeholders’ perceptions about the value of research skills and application of the research process in relation to professionally oriented higher education provision

Education/Academic qualification

Teaching & Learning, PGCert

30 Sep 199730 Jun 1998

Award Date: 30 Jun 1998

DPhil

30 Sep 199130 Jun 1995

Award Date: 30 Jun 1995

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