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Dr Tim Brown

Job: Research Director / Principal Lecturer

Faculty: Business and Law

School/department: Leicester Business School

Research group(s): Centre for Comparative Housing Research

Address: The Gateway, De Montfort University, Leicester, UK, LE1 9BH

T: +44 (0)116 257 7422

E: tjb@dmu.ac.uk

W: dmu.ac.uk/cchr


Personal profile

Dr Tim Brown is Director of the Centre for Comparative Housing Research at De Montfort University.  He is Course Leader for the University Certificate Professional Development Housing Studies.  He is a member of Coventry Partnership and is a director of two social enterprises that focus on regeneration and community involvement.  

His main areas of expertise are regeneration, economic development, housing policy making, housing and an ageing society, comparative housing policy and social housing allocations strategies.  He has co-run master classes for groups of local authorities and housing associations on regeneration in the Netherlands and Britain as well as having links with Universities in North America and Western Europe. 

Tim is involved in consultancy and research for a wide range of organisations including the Department for Communities and Local Government, the National Housing Federation, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and a large number of local authorities and housing associations.  Recent projects include a study on planning and housing provision in Western Europe, research on institutional investment in the private rented sector, the use of local delivery vehicles for regeneration and the impact of the Localism Act on councils.  

Research group affiliations

Centre for Comparative Housing Research 

Publications and outputs 

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Key research outputs

BROWN T et al (2008): Review of Practice in the Use of Section 106 Agreements to Facilitate the Delivery of Affordable Housing in the East Midlands: Melton, EMRA

BROWN T et al (2008): Local E-Government & Social Inclusion: London, DCLG

OXLEY M, BROWN T, LISHMAN R & TURKINGTON R (2008): Rapid Evidence Assessment of the Research Literature on the Purchase and Use of Second Homes: London, NHPAU 

BROWN T (2009): Housing and Community Cohesion in Rural Areas. In Howson, C & Sallah M (Eds) (2009): Europe’s Established and Emerging Immigrant Communities: Stoke-on-Trent, Trentham Books

OXLEY M, BROWN T & NADIN V (2009): Review of European Planning Systems: Fareham, NHPAU

BROWN T & YATES N (2010): Choice, Empowerment and Personalisation – Taking Forward Public Services in a Recession. In Richardson J (Ed) (2010): From Recession to Renewal: Bristol, Policy Press.

Brown, T. and Yates, N. (2010) The Revolting Customer? – The meaning of customer satisfaction. In Richardson, J. (ed) (2010) Housing and the Customer (Coventry, CIH)

Research interests/expertise

Housing (including social housing allocations and housing policy making)

Local Economic Development


Policy Transfer & Innovation

Public Services and the Customer

Urban and Rural Regeneration 

Areas of teaching

Business management for housing

Housing and regeneration

Housing and social care

Housing policy making 


BSc (Hons) Town Planning Studies    UWIST, Cardiff   1975

Diploma in Town Planning   UWIST, Cardiff   1977

PhD University of Central England in Birmingham   1996

Courses taught

Foundation Degree in Housing, Communities and Regeneration

BSc / BSc (Hons) Housing Studies

Professional Diploma in Housing and Sustainable Communities

University Certificate Professional Development in Housing Studies

MSc Housing Studies

MSc Business for Housing

Membership of external committees

Member of CIH East Midlands Regional Committee, 1998 -

Board Member of Social Enterprise Agency: TREES, 2004 –

Board Member of Coventry Local Strategic Partnership, 2005 –

Board Member of Seven Locks Housing Association 2005 – 2010

Director of NetworkIdea 2011-

Member of the Government Review Panel on Institutional Investment in the Private Rented Sector (Montague Review) – 2012 

Membership of professional associations and societies

  • Chartered Institute of Housing: Corporate Member 
  • European Network for Housing Research (ENHR), 1990: Member
  • Housing Studies Association: Member 
  • International Sociological Association – Housing and the Built Environment: Member 
  • Regional Studies Association: Corporate Member 

Conference attendance

Brown, T. & Lishman, R.(2009) ‘NIs, APACS and Vital Signs?’ – The Changing Landscape of Housing Policy Making in England Paper presented to Housing Studies Association Conference, Housing & Government: A Decade of Difference?, Cardiff, 15 – 17 April.

Brown, T. (2009) National Indicators and Local Agreements. Paper presented to Regional Studies Winter Conference on Global Recession, London, November  

Brown, T. 2010) The Benefits and Dangers of Housing Policy Transfer between Countries – A Case Study of Choice-Based Lettings: Paper to International Housing Conference, Delft, The Netherlands, March 

Brown, T. & Lishman, R.(2010) ‘Too Many Cooks…?’: Urban Regeneration, Local Delivery Vehicles and Democratic Deficits. Paper for Interpreting Democratic Governance Conference, De Montfort University, Leicester, 23-23 Sept.

Oxley, M,, Brown, T., et al (2011) Using the Private Rented Sector as a Form of Social Housing, Paper for ENHR Private Rented Housing Seminar, University of Granada, Spain, 31st March – 1st April 2011.

Brown, T. (2011) Local Enterprise Partnerships: Top Down or Bottom Up?Regional Studies Association Annual Conference, University of Manchester, 3rd November  

Consultancy work

Consultancy projects: January 2008 onwards

North Shropshire District Council Local Housing Strategy and Strategic Housing Inspection - 2007-2008 [with others]

Blaby District Council Local Housing Strategy – 2007 – 2009  

North Shropshire Community Asset Trust – 2007 - 2008

Leicestershire Housing Market Assessment – 2007-2008 - [with others]

Shropshire Unitary Authority – Advisor on Housing & Planning – 2008 - 2009

Harborough District Council – Local Homelessness Strategy – 2008 [with others]

Charnwood Borough Council – Leicestershire CBL Project – 2008 [with others] 

Kingston upon Hull City Council - New Policy Making Process – 2008-2009 [with others]

North East Derbyshire District Council – Review of CBL - 2008-2009

Kingston-upon-Hull City Council & The Northern Way - Housing & Urban Regeneration – 2009

Glasgow Housing Association – Evaluation of CBL - 2009

Bramall Construction / Keepmoat / Housing LIN - Housing and Older People – 2010 – 2011

Luton Borough Council – Local Improvement Advisor - 2010

North Somerset Council – Local Improvement Advisor 

South Gloucestershire Council – Local Improvement Advisor - 2010

Doncaster Borough Council – Impact of the Localism Bill - 2011

South Gloucestershire Council – Facilitator for Development of New Local Housing Strategy – 2012

Charities Aid Foundation – Evaluation of Community Land Trust Fund – 2012

Housing Quality Network – Weekly Strategic Excellence Briefing and Regular Briefing Papers on Topics such as Choice-Based Lettings, Local Enterprise Partnerships and Housing Data & Information – 2004 onwards per annum.

Current research students

Yoric Clarke: MPhil / PhD PT – First Supervisor.

Externally funded research grants information

Title:   Review of European Planning Systems
Funding agency:  National Housing and Planning Advice Unit
Type of Project:  Comparative review
Start Date:  December 2008
End Date:  July 2009
Role in Project:  Supported Principal Investigator and other researchers
Collaborators:  DMU: Oxley, M., Lishman, R..,
Delft University of Technology: Nadin, V., Qu, L., Tummers, L., Fernández-   Maldonado, A.M.
Title:   Co-ordinating regeneration: Improving effectiveness in local delivery
Funding agency:  The Northern Way – Consortium of RDAs 
Type of Project:  Review of practice
Start Date:  October 2009
End Date:  December 2009
Role in Project:  Principal Investigator
Collaborators:  Ros Lishman

Title:  Review of Disabled Facilities Grants
Funding Agency:  Communities and Local Government 
Type of Project:  Practice evaluation
Start Date:  October 2009 
End Date:  May 2010
Role in Project:   Sub-contractor to main contractor – CEL 
Collaborators:  Ros Lishman
Title:  Promoting Investment in Private Rented Housing Supply: International Policy Comparisons
Funding agency:  Communities and Local Government
Type of Project:  Comparative review
Start Date:  January 2010
End Date:  September 2010
Role in Project:  Supported Principal Investigator and other researchers
Collaborators:  DMU: Oxley, M., Lishman, R.,
Delft University of Technology: Haffner, M., Hoekstra, J.

Internally funded research project information

Title:  Local Policy Framework, Local Area Agreements & Housing
Funding Agency:  DMU, Seedcorn Funding – REF
Type of Project:  Review & Case Study
Start Date:  October 2008
End Date:  April 2009
Role in Project:   Co- Investigator
Collaborators:  Ros Lishman

Professional esteem indicators

Review activities for following journals – ongoing

Environment & Planning A

Housing Studies

International Journal of Housing Policy

Journal of Housing and the Built Environment

Progress in Planning 

Case studies

My research and consultancy activities and those of CCHR are strongly geared to impact.

Three examples illustrate this feature

  1. Choice Based Lettings

Over the last fifteen years, CCHR has been instrumental in transferring the Dutch system of allocations and lettings (known as choice-based lettings - CBL). We worked with local authorities and housing associations with the support of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation on developing and evaluating the first CBL schemes in Britain.

The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister endorsed our research and development activities and adopted CBL as a national policy target.

We subsequently undertook research for the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister and authored two good practice guides. We have produced briefing notes for a range of organisations as well as undertaking consultancy work (see Consultancy Activities above).

  1. Co-ordinating Regeneration

We received funding from the Northern Way to investigate the co-ordination of regeneration. We used Hull as a case study. Impacts included:-

  • Hull City Council reviewed and changed its approach to local governance of regeneration as a result of our research
  • The Homes and Communities Agency, partly as a result of our research, reviewed its focus on local delivery vehicles (LDVs) and followed our recommendations on merging existing LDVS operating in the same locality.
  • We were invited to submit written evidence to the House of Commons Communities and Local Government Select Committee Inquiry into Regeneration in 2011 – see Brown, T. and Lishman, R. (2011) Community Regeneration – A Glass Half Empty or a Glass Half Full?,  Written Evidence Submitted to House of Commons Communities and Local Government Select Committee Inquiry into Regeneration, March.   
  1. Institutional Investment in the Private Rented Sector

As a result of the government-sponsored research project on Promoting Investment in Private Rented Housing Supply: International Policy Comparisons, I was invited to be a member of the Montague Review Panel on Institutional Investment in the Private Rented Sector.


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