Housing and communities staff

David Mullins
Professor of Housing Studies

Alan Murie
Emeritus Professor

Richard Ronald
Professor of Housing and Social Change

Ricky Joseph
Research Fellow, Centre on Household Assets and Savings Management (CHASM)

Pat Niner
Honorary Senior Lecturer

Chris Watson
Honorary Senior Lecturer

Tricia Jones
KTP Associate - Seconded to HACT
Partnership and Insight Manager

Halima Sacranie
Honorary Research Fellow

Doctoral research students

Steve Forrest

Steve ‘s PhD examines the role of regional planning for housing in the demise in 2010 of regional governance using the West Midlands Region as the principle case study. The University of Birmingham has supported this work with a bursary. Steve had many years of experience in local government as a planner, and in housing association development, followed in 2003 by a MSc (dist.) in Housing Policy and Practice from the Centre for Urban and Regional Studies. From 2003 he served the West Midlands Regional Assembly until 2010 with strategic housing policy advice. Steve led on the development of the Regional Housing Strategy (2005), participated in the Regional Spatial Strategy review of housing policy as well as work on the allocation of the capital funds for housing in the West Midlands. Steve also led the Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation Strategy for the RSS review in 2009-2010 with support from CURS. Subsequently Steve has supported Regional Action West Midlands and the West Midlands Voluntary and Community Housing Sector Network as a Policy Associate and contributes to the Futures Network West Midlands.

Ben Pattison

Ben is a postgraduate researcher who joined the University of Birmingham in 2012. The working title for his PhD is: Generation Rent? The relationships between changes in housing tenure and the distribution of financial risk. In his previous role he worked as a researcher for the Building and Social Housing Foundation on a variety of topics including Housing Benefit and the growth of the private rented sector. During this time he was also involved in a collaboration with the Third Sector Research Centre research on self-help housing and was lead author for the BSHF publication ‘Self-help housing: Supporting locally driven solutions’ that built on TSRC research. He is also a trustee of a charity which provides accommodation for refugees and asylum seekers in the East Midlands.

Natasha Williams

Natasha is a doctoral research student in the Housing and Communities Research Group in the Institute of Applied Social Studies. Her research interests include community development particularly around sustainable communities, urban and neighbourhood regeneration, project management, housing and community development. Natasha’s PhD focuses on empowerment within community-led housing organisations concentrating on Community Gateways and Housing Cooperatives.

Natasha’s professional background is quite varied having returned to higher education in 2006 as a mature student. She completed a BA (Hons) in Housing Studies at Birmingham City University, followed by a MA in Planning and Sustainability at Kingston University. Natasha has over 10 years’ experience within the social housing sector that includes, frontline housing services to housing development and a period of volunteering in a housing advice centre in Birmingham. Natasha has knowledge and experience of work within communities and qualitative research including focus group work, depth interviews and survey work. Natasha has served as a committee member within the Chartered Institute of Housing for 2 years. Natasha’s progression to a PhD enables her to develop her passion to undertake research that improves our understanding of the challenges facing vulnerable communities and people.

Vanessa Wilkes

Vanessa began her CASE PhD in October 2010, funded by the ESRC and the National Housing Federation. Her title is: Understanding why and how Housing Associations measure the impact of their community investment activities.
Prior to this, Vanessa completed a MSc in Research Policy and Regeneration at the University of Birmingham. Prior to returning to education, Vanessa had almost twenty years’ experience of research in both the public and private sector, primarily within the fields of the labour market, skills and the economy. She jointly authored ‘Community Investment by Housing Associations: Measuring the Impact’ which was funded by hact and built on previous TSRC research.