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Theoretical approaches to housing

This is a long-established area of work in the Centre, with books and articles published by Peter King and Jo Richardson.

Peter King has been researching in this area since the early 1990s and has published many journal articles and books including Housing, Individuals and the State (Routledge, 1998) and A Social Philosophy of Housing (Ashgate, 2003).  In this period the main area of concern was to apply concepts such as need, choice, rights and responsibility to housing policy.

Between 2004 and 2008 Peter published a series of books taking a phenomenological approach to housing, looking at the nature of privacy and how this relates to the wider built environment.  These books, particularly Private Dwelling (Routledge, 2004) and In Dwelling (Ashgate, 2008), were widely and favourably reviewed.  This work led to Peter delivering a key note address to a session at the European Network of Housing Research conference in Dublin in 2008 and a paper entitled ‘Using Theory of Making Theory: Can There be Theories of Housing?, published in Housing, Theory and Society, (Vol. 26, No1, pp41-52) in 2009.

Peter was invited to take part in AHRC funded workshop at Essex University in May 2012 on autonomy and responsibility in welfare policy.  He delivered a paper entitled ‘Should we assume competence’ which looked at the nature of individual capability and how this alters with regard to the epistemological basis on welfare provision.

Jo Richardson’s work includes a study on media and political discourse and its impact on Gypsies and Travellers particularly in the debate on planning for sites (The Gypsy Debate: Can discourse control? Imprint Academic, 2006).  Jo is also interested in theories of conflict resolution and restorative practices.  Her work on conflict resolution is seen in research for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (2007) and Jo is currently developing ideas on a restorative practices approach in planning for contentious proposals.

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