Dr James Gregory

Dr James Gregory

Department of Social Policy, Sociology and Criminology
Senior Research Fellow

Contact details

School of Social Policy
Muirhead Tower
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Dr James Gregory received his doctorate in political theory before moving into social and housing policy research.  His housing research started at the Fabian Society, where he was a Senior Research Fellow. James is interested in homeownership, asset-based welfare, and neighbourhood research. In addition to a number of think-tank reports, James has recently published papers in Critical Social Policy, Journal of Social Policy, and the International Journal of Housing Policy.


Research Interests

  • Social justice and citizenship
  • Social housing and welfare
  • Lettings policy
  • Hybrid housing models
  • Asset-based welfare


  • James Gregory, David Mullins, Peter Redman and Alan Murie, Social Housing and the Good Society, Policy Futures Report, 2016.
  • 'How not to be an egalitarian: the politics of homeownership and property-owning democracy', International Journal of Housing Policy, 2016
  • ‘Engineering Compassion: The Institutional Structure of Virtue’, Journal of Social Policy (online November 2014)
  • What do we want from the ‘asset-effect’? CHASM Briefing Paper, 2014.
  • The Search for an Asset-Effect: What do we want from the ‘asset-effect’? Critical Social Policy, June 2014 (online June 2014)
  • Homes for Citizens: the politics of a fair housing policy, The Fabian Society (ed.) (2011)
  • The Culture of Liberalism and the Virtue of 'Balance', The European Journal of Political Theory, January 2014; vol. 13, 1.
  • Home-work: Helping London's social tenants into employment (with J Todd), the Centre for London (2012).
  • Can Housing Work for the Workers?, Touchstone Papers, Trades Union Congress (2011).
  • Diversity and Solidarity: Crisis, what crisis?, The Runnymede Trust (2011).
  • Two Paradoxes of Welfare, (with T Horton) Political Quarterly, April (2010).
  • Whose Middle is it Anyway?: Why universalism matters, (with T Horton) Public Policy Research, 16(4) (2010).
  • The Political Philosophy of Walzer's Social Criticism, Philosophy and Social Criticism, 36(9) (2010).
  • The Solidarity Society: why we can afford to end poverty, and how to do it with public support, The Fabian Society (2009) (with T Horton).
  • Gregory, J. (2009) In the In the Mix: narrowing the gap between public and private housing, The Fabian Society (2009).

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