I am an applied economist at the University of Glasgow. My research interests are housing, urban and public policy. I have worked on social housing and affordable housing policy in recent years. Recent research has been funded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, the Scottish Government and the Northern Ireland Housing Executive. Formerly managing editor of Urban Studies, I also served as President of the European Real Estate Society and chaired RC43 of the International Sociological Association. I have recently been appointed to lead a University-wide  initiative  in public policy called Policy Scotland. our website is


I believe in interdisciplinary  collaboration and I am intrigued by broader, non-standard ideas in economics. My main research themes are consequently concerned with applying  institutionalism (old and new variants), behavioural economics, the impact of history and other core economic ideas (uncertainty, incentives, information, non-standard discounting, etc) to a broad range of housing processes, choices and policy analysis. More about this set of issues can be found in the publications on my academic personal website (e.g.papers with Duncan Maclennan and also with Alex Marsh):


I have also written a few posts for the Conversation UK at:


Outside of academic work, I have had a long involvement with Sanctuary Scotland Housing Association and I am currently a board member of Sanctuary Scotland having recently completed two years on the board of its parent, Sanctuary Housing Association. I am a long-suffering supporter of Motherwell football club, spend too much time searching for good books to read and new music to listen to on Spotify. I hope Andy Murray  will continue to win tournaments. Last though not least, I am  a committed follower of my wife Angela’s Lanarkshire Cecilian Orchestra: