Key Presenters


Professor David Clapham

University of Glasgow, UK

David Clapham is Professor of Housing and Urban Studies in the Department of Urban Studies at the University of Glasgow. He was previously Professor of Planning in the Department of Real Estate and Planning at the University of Reading and Professor of Housing and Director of the Centre for Housing Management and Development at Cardiff University.

David is the author of books including The Meaning of Housing (published by Policy Press in 2005), Accommodating Difference (published by Policy Press in 2015) and Remaking Housing Policy(published by Routledge in 2018). He is on the Management Board of the journal Housing, Theory and Society and was the editor for 12 years.

David is a member of the Advisory Board for the Department of Planning and Urban Design at the University of Hong Kong and was Visiting Professor at IBF at the University of Uppsala in Sweden between 2011 and 2016. He is also a member of the Chartered Institute of Housing, bestowed on the basis of a distinguished contribution to housing. He is a fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences.

David’s interests are wide-ranging in the fields of housing and social theory and housing policy. Within CaCHE he focuses on using the concept of well-being to assess the outcomes of housing policies and programmes as well as leading the Social Housing Working Group examining the issues associated with the development of new social housing. Other interests include inequality and housing and sustainability.


Professor Sarah Johnsen

Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, UK

Professor Sarah Johnsen is a Professorial Fellow in the Institute for Social Policy, Housing and Equalities Research (I-SPHERE) at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, UK.  She has previously worked for Queen Mary University of London, the University of York, and The Salvation Army (UK & Ireland).  Much of Sarah’s work focuses on rough sleeping, substance misuse, and related forms of street culture (e.g. begging and street drinking).  She has particular expertise in welfare provision for homeless people with complex support needs, and ongoing interest in the practice and ethics of research involving vulnerable people.


Professor Geoff Meen, OBE

University of Reading, UK

Geoff Meen is Professor of Applied Economics at the University of Reading and is a former Head of the School of Politics, Economics and International Relations. In the first part of his career he was a government economist and also worked in the private sector. He specialises in the economic and policy analysis of housing markets from the local to national levels and also researches issues related to urban segregation. He is currently working on a book concerned with housing affordability to be published in 2020.  Geoff Meen was awarded an OBE in 2007; he is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a Fellow of the Weimer School of Advanced Studies in Real Estate and Land Economics in Florida. He acted as a Specialist Advisor to the House of Lords Economic Affairs Select Committee in its Inquiry into the Economics of UK Housing in 2015-2016. He works closely with the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government constructing economic models to be used for policy analysis. Since 2017, he has been a co-investigator in the UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence, jointly leading the research theme on Housing and the Economy.            


Professor Gavin Wood

Gavin Wood is Emeritus Professor of Housing and Urban Studies at RMIT University and Professorial Fellow in the Bankwest Curtin Economic Centre, Curtin Business School, Curtin University, Western Australia. He previously held positions in the economics departments of Murdoch University (Western Australia), the University of Glasgow and University of Aberdeen (Scotland).

Professor Wood’s main research interests are in urban economics, housing finance and labour economics.  He has published widely, and in recent years has authored articles on housing and tax issues in Real Estate Economics and the Journal of Housing Economics. He is currently on the International Editorial Advisory Boards of Urban Studies and Housing Studies. Gavin Wood has consulted to a number of organisations including: The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), The New Zealand Government’s Department of Labour, the Office of Fair Trading (Western Australia) and the Northern Ireland Housing Executive.

In the early 1990s he was commissioned to contribute to the Australian Federal Government’s National Housing Strategy, and more recently by the Australian Government’s Henry Tax Review to co-author a report on Housing, Taxation and Transfers.