Research Interests

My research interests are in housing, community and social-spatial justice, and cross-cut the fields of sociology, social policy and urban geography.  Combining an interest in social theory with processes of policy and governance my qualitative research contributions revolve around four main themes:

  • Housing inequalities and place-based stigma
  • Housing and Urban Governance
  • Social Welfare policy
  • Youth Studies

Theoretically, my work is underpinned by post-Foucauldian governmentality studies and I have contributed to scholarly debates around ‘ethnographies of government’. I am interested in how housing tenure has been constructed as a point of social distinction between ‘good’ and ‘bad’ citizens, but also the ways in which the governable subject can challenge, resist and contest the identities being evoked for them within dominant policy narratives.

Ethically and politically my work is also concerned with the uneven social and spatial impacts of social and urban policies, informed by debates about neo-liberal welfare reforms and the reconfiguration of state-citizen relations and mobilisation of ‘community’.



Social Housing in Scotland