David Mullins

Professor of Housing Policy

David Mullins heads up TSRC's service delivery research stream. He leads the Centre's work on housing, which is undertaking research on housing associations, the mutual and cooperative housing sector, the homelessness advice and support sub-sector, and tenants and community organisations. He is also supporting TSRC’s links in Northern Ireland with the Institute for Research in Social Sciences at the University of Ulster.

David has worked with HACT to explore how social housing providers can achieve community empowerment. He has also been working with the Building and Social Housing Foundation to overcome barriers to self-help housing.


David Mullins has led longitudinal studies of the role of third sector housing organisations in England and Ireland using qualitative methodologies including the Delphi technique. His research on organisational change in third sector housing includes: studies of mergers; the transfer of public housing to the third sector; partnerships with refugee community organisations; and the impact of organisational scale on accountability. His comparative research experience was strengthened by secondments to the Centre for Voluntary Action Studies at the University of Ulster (1999) and the Technical University of Delft (2007).

David is Director of Research in the Centre for Urban and Regional Studies (CURS) and a member of the departmental management team and of the Birmingham Business School Research and Knowledge Transfer Committee.


BA(Hons) (2.1), MA Geography, St Catherine's College Oxford

MSc Public Policy, University of Bristol