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Dr Tim Brown

Job: Senior Research Associate in Housing and Local Government

Faculty: Business and Law

School/department: Leicester Castle Business School

Research group(s): Centre for Comparative Housing Research

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

T: +44 (0)116 250 6831




Personal profile

Dr Tim Brown is a Senior Research Associate in Housing and Local Government in the Department of Politics and Public Policy and an Independent Consultant.  He was formerly Director of the Centre for Comparative Housing Research at De Montfort University.

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 have included research on institutional investment in the private rented sector, the use of local delivery vehicles for regeneration and boosting affordable housing supply using conditional tax incentives.

He is currently undertaking projects on (i) evaluating Melton Borough Council's initiative on tackling worklessness and welfare reform and (ii) housing and older people (for the Department for Communities and Local Government).

Research group affiliations

Centre for Comparative Housing Research 

Publications and outputs 

Click here to see a full listing of Tim Brown's publications and outputs.

Key research outputs

Oxley, M., Brown, T., Richardson, J. & Lishman, R. (2014): Boosting the Supply of Affordable Rented Housing - Learning from Other Countries: Swindon, ESRC

Brown, T. & Yates, N (2012): Public Private Housing Partnerships.  In Smith S et al (2012): International Encyclopedia of Housing and Home: Oxford, Elsevier Science Direct

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

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. 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  

Research interests/expertise

Housing an ageing society

Housing supply

Private rented sector

Public sector policy making

Social housing including allocations and lettings

Urban and rural regeneration 


BSc (Hons) Town Planning Studies, UWIST, Cardiff 1975

Postgraduate Diploma in Town Planning, UWIST, Cardiff 1977

PhD, University of Central England in Birmingham, 1996

Membership of professional associations and societies

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

Professional esteem indicators

Expert Witness for House of Commons Communities and Local Government Select Committee Inquiry on Private Renting (2013)

Adviser to the Office of the French Prime Minister on Choice-Based Lettings (2013)

Journal Reviewing:
- Environment & Planning A
- Housing Studies
- International Journal of Housing Policy
- Journal of Housing and the Built Environment
- Progress in Planning

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


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