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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.


  • –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


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

Grants and Contracts

  • 2019
    Welfare Reform and Universal Credit: Evaluating the impact on the Private Rented Sector
    Primary Investigator (PI)
    Funding Source:
    Residential Landlords Association
  • 2012
    Gladstone Fellowship
    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