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Research Fellow, Edge Hill University

Tom is a Research Fellow at Edge Hill University. Tom has extensive experience of designing and undertaking research across a diverse spectrum of policy arears including education, health, housing, and public-sector reform. For his PhD, Tom investigated organisational change and reforms in a UK Fire and Rescue Service, and as part of this evaluated the impact of the service’s prevention programme on behavioural change in the community.

Tom’s most recent research has focussed on housing policy and the private rented sector; including examining the impact of welfare reforms such as Universal Credit and also the rise of the sharing economy and the growth in popularity of Airbnb. Tom’s research on housing has received national and international media coverage, has influenced Government policy-making, including being cited in national Government consultations on the private rented sector, and his research has been widely cited in debates in the House of Commons, House of Lords, and by the London Mayor.

In 2018, Tom was nominated for a British Property Federation Tomorrow Future Leaders Rising Star Award and given a special commendation for his efforts to promote evidence-based policy making in the sector.

Tom has recently been elected as a member of the Executive Committee of the Housing Studies Association.

Experience

  • –present
    Research Fellow, Edge Hill University
  • 2017–2018
    Senior Researcher, Residential Landlords Association
  • 2016–2017
    Research & Information Officer, Residential Landlords Association
  • 2015–2016
    Research Assistant, University of Chester
  • 2014–2014
    Research Assistant, University of Chester

Education

  • 2018 
    University of Chester, PhD
  • 2012 
    Manchester Business School, University of Manchester, M.Sc. Organisational Psychology
  • 2011 
    University of Chester, B.Sc. (Hons) Psychology

Publications

  • 2021
    Home or Hotel? A contemporary challenge in the use of Housing Stock, Housing Studies
  • 2021
    A New Front Line? Workforce development issues from an evolving fire service, International Journal of Emergency Services
  • 2020
    Policy failure or f***up: homelessness and welfare reform in England, Housing Studies

Grants and Contracts

  • 2021
    Housing (In)security and evictions in the Private Rented Sector
    Role:
    Primary Investigator (PI)
    Funding Source:
    Edge Hill University - Research Investment Fund
  • 2021
    What do lower income tenants in Scotland's private rented sector want to see from a new Rented Sector Strategy?
    Role:
    Primary Investigator (PI)
    Funding Source:
    Joseph Rowntree Foundation in partnership with the Scottish Government
  • 2021
    Wellbeing, Resilience and Stressors Affecting Homeless Families in UK and Ireland: Understanding Experiences of Covid-19 and Implications for Policy
    Role:
    Co-Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Institute for Social Responsibility
  • 2021
    PCN Maturity Impact Evaluation
    Role:
    Co-Investigator (Co-I)
    Funding Source:
    Lancashire and South Cumbria Integrated Care System
  • 2021
    Evaluation of Priority 3 Projects - Preparing Young People for Work
    Role:
    Co-Investigator (Co-I)
    Funding Source:
    Blackpool Council
  • 2020
    Evaluation of the Productivity & Innovation Centre
    Role:
    Primary Investigator (PI)
    Funding Source:
    Edge Hill University
  • 2020
    Evaluation of the Quality Surveillance Team (QST) Peer Review Programme
    Role:
    Co-Investigator (Co-I)
    Funding Source:
    NHS England QNT
  • 2020
    Making a House a Home in the Private Rented Sector: Good Practice Guidance for Landlords
    Role:
    Co-Investigator
    Funding Source:
    SafeDeposit Scotland Charitable Trust
  • 2019
    A Literature Review of Peer Review Processes
    Role:
    Co-Investigator (Co-I)
    Funding Source:
    NHS England QNT
  • 2019
    Evaluability Assessment of the Peer Review Process of the Quality Surveillance Team
    Role:
    Co-Investigator (Co-I)
    Funding Source:
    NHS England QNT
  • 2019
    Welfare Reform and Universal Credit: Evaluating the impact on the Private Rented Sector
    Role:
    Primary Investigator (PI)
    Funding Source:
    Residential Landlords Association
  • 2012
    Gladstone Fellowship
    Role:
    Funding Source:
    Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service & University of Chester

Professional Memberships

  • Certified Member of the Market Research Society (CMRS)
  • Housing Studies Association (HSA) Member
  • European Network of Housing Researchers (ENHR) Member