Professor Alan Murie

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
Emeritus Professor of Urban and Regional Studies

Contact details

Centre for Urban and Regional Studies
School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Alan Murie's work has ranged across urban and regional studies with research and publications on housing, urban and regional change and public policy. This includes work on different cities and regions in the UK and comparative work on European cities and neighbourhoods and housing in China. His specialisms are the changing housing situation and housing policy in the UK and other countries with particular reference to privatisation of public housing, the residualisation of social rented housing, differences within the home ownership sector and changing demand for housing in the UK.


Previous experience

  • Professor of Housing and Planning Heriot-Watt University 1990-95
  • Director of CURS, 1995-2000
  • Head of the School of Public Policy, 2003-2006
  • Founder editor of the journal Housing Studies


Current and recent projects

  • ACRE
  • History of the Housing Corporation
  • Evaluation of Social Homebuy


Murie A. (2011) Prospects for Housing Policy and Inequality in Anderson I and Sim D (eds.) Housing and Inequality, Chartered Institute of Housing, Coventry pp. 245-268

Musterd S and Murie A (eds.)  Making Competitive Cities 2010 Blackwell, Oxford

Gibney, J. Copeland, S. and Murie, A. (2009) Toward a 'New' Strategic Leadership of Place for the Knowledge-based Economy. Leadership. 5 (1). p 5-23.

Murie A (2009) Rediscovering Housing Policy 224-244 in Malpass P, Rowlands RO (eds), Housing, Markets and Policy, Routledge, London

Murie A.. (2009) The Modernisation of Housing in England, Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie, Vol. 100, No. 4, pp 535-548

van Kempen R and Murie A (2009) The New Divided City: Changing Patterns in European Cities. Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie, Vol. 100, No. 4,

Murie A (2008). Moving Homes: A History of the Housing Corporation,, London, Politico's Methuen,

Murie A, Rowlands R. (2008). The new politics of urban housing, Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, 26, 3, 644-659.

Chapain CA, Murie A. (2008). The impact of factory closure on local communities and economies: the case of the MG Rover Longbridge closure in Birmingham, Policy Studies, 29, 3, 305-317.

Murie A (2008). Urban Regeneration and Renaissance in England: Tensions, Exclusions and Market Responses, in Fee D and S Nail. (eds), Vers Une Renaissance Anglaise? Dix Ans de Politique Travailliste de la Ville, 163-184). Presses Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris.

A.Murie (2007) Housing Policy, Housing Tenure and the Housing market in Clarke K, Maltby T and Kennett P Social Policy Review 19, pp.49-66

Murie A, Groves R, Watson C (eds.) (2007) Housing and the New Welfare State: perspectives from East Asia and Europe, Ashgate

Murie A, Jones C (2006) The Right to Buy: Analysis and Evaluation of a Housing Policy, Blackwell, Oxford

Murie A, Musterd S, Kesteloot C (eds.) (2006) Neighbourhoods of Poverty, Urban Social Exclusion and Integration in Europe, Palgrave

Murie A, Mullins D (2006) Housing Policy in the UK, Palgrave, Basingstoke
Murie A (2006) 'Moving with the Times: Changing Frameworks for Housing Research and Policy' in Malpass P and Cairncross L Building on the Past Policy Press, Bristol, pp 15-50

Murie A, Rowlands R, Tice A (2006) More than Tenure Mix, Joseph Rowntree Foundation, York

Battye F, Bishop B, Harris P, Murie A, Rowlands R, Tice A (2006) Evaluation of Key Worker Living, ODPM

Middleton A, Murie A, Groves R (2005) 'Social Capital and Neighbourhoods that Work', Urban Studies 42.10, pp 1711-1738

Murie A, Musterd S (2004) 'Social Exclusion and Opportunity Structures in European Cities and Neighbourhoods', Urban Studies 41.8, pp 1441-1459

Murie A (2004) 'The Dynamics of Social Exclusion and Neighbourhood Decline: Welfare Regimes, Decommodification, Housing, and Urban Inequality' in Kazepov Y (ed.) Cities of Europe: Changing Contexts, Local Arrangements, and the Challenge to Urban Cohesion, Blackwell

Groves R, Middleton A, Murie A, Broughton K (2003) Neighbourhoods that work, Policy Press, Bristol