Ben is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Regional, Economic and Social Research within Sheffield Hallam University. He is an experienced housing researcher with a wider expertise across social policy. Much of Ben's research has sought to use mixed methods but his primary expertise is the quantitative analysis of secondary data sources.
In his previous role he was an ESRC funded postgraduate researcher at the University of Birmingham. The title of his PhD is: 'Understanding the growth of the private rented sector in England: Has Generation Rent been Priced Out?'. During his time at the University of Birmingham he worked as a teaching associate and a researcher. This included research on an international project comparing housing wealth and welfare.
Prior to his PhD Ben worked for the Building and Social Housing Foundation (BSHF) on a variety of topics including Housing Benefit, self-help housing and the private rented sector. For three years, he was a trustee of a charity which provided accommodation for refugees and asylum seekers in the East Midlands. He also has experience of conducting research for public and third sector organisations across subjects including health and international development.
Ben was a member of the executive committee of the Housing Studies Association from 2012 to 2018.
- The private rented sector
- Housing associations
- Support with housing costs (e.g. Housing Benefit and Universal Credit)
- Community-led housing
- Health inequalities.
Ben would welcome discussion on supervising students around any of the following areas
- The growth of the private rented sector and ‘generation rent’ (particularly in accommodating low income households)
- The changing role of Housing Associations (particularly in relation to financialisation)
- Welfare reform and support with housing costs
- Other topics related to my publications (see list)
- Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research
2017-2022 UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence (CaCHE), Economic and Social Research Council / Arts and Humanities Research Council / Joseph Rowntree Foundation.
2017-2018 Scaling up social lettings? Scope, impact and barriers, Joseph Rowntree Foundation.
2017 The Housing Challenges for Younger People in the South East, CASE Housing Associations.
2017 Mental Health and Homelessness in Nottingham, Nottingham City Clinical Commissioning Group.
2017 Housing Options for Younger People in the private rented sector, Residential Landlords Association.
2016-2017 A Rapid Evaluation of Impact of the Positive Pathway approach to Youth Homelessness, St Basils.
2016-2017 Social Lettings Agencies in the West Midlands, University of Birmingham and West Midlands Housing Group.
2016-2017 Action Learning with the Voluntary Right to Buy Pilots, National Housing Federation.
2016 Access to the Private Rented Sector for Homeless People, CRISIS.
2016 Affordability analysis, Flagship Housing Group.
2015-2016 Valuing the benefits of regeneration, Chartered Institute of Housing.
2015 Housing Benefit for 18 to 21 year olds, CRISIS.
2015 The extension of the Right to Buy to Housing Associations, Communities and Local Government Select Committee.
Preece, J., Hickman, P., & Pattison, B. (2019). The affordability of ‘affordable’ housing in England: conditionality and exclusion in a context of welfare reform. Housing Studies. http://doi.org/10.1080/02673037.2019.1653448
Cole, I., & Pattison, B. (2019). Opening a new route into home ownership? The extension of the Right to Buy to housing associations in England. The international journal of housing policy. http://doi.org/10.1080/19491247.2019.1639239
Pattison, B. (2018). The right to buy?: Selling off public and social housing - Book Review. Housing Studies, 33 (5), 835-836. http://doi.org/10.1080/02673037.2018.1461346
Pattison, B., & Mccarthy, L. (n.d.). The role of mental health in multiple exclusion homelessness. Social Policy and Society.
Archer, T., Crisp, R., Ferrari, E., Green, S., Mccarthy, L., Moore, T., ... Sacranie, H. (2019). Scaling up social lettings? Scope, impact and barriers. Joseph Rowntree Foundation. https://www.jrf.org.uk/report/scaling-social-lettings-scope-impact-and-barriers-0
Hickman, P., Pattison, B., & Preece, J. (2018). The impact of welfare reforms on housing associations: a scoping study. UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence. https://www4.shu.ac.uk/research/cresr/sites/shu.ac.uk/files/cache-impact-welfare-reforms-housing-associations.pdf
Reeve, K., Mccarthy, L., Pattison, B., Parr, S., Batty, E., Maye-Banbury, A., ... Dayson, C. (2018). The mental health needs of Nottingham's homeless population: an exploratory research study. Sheffield: Sheffield Hallam University. https://www4.shu.ac.uk/research/cresr/sites/shu.ac.uk/files/mental-health-nottinghams-homeless-population.pdf
Reeve, K., Mccarthy, L., Pattison, B., Parr, S., Batty, E., Maye-Banbury, A., ... Dayson, C. (2018). The mental health needs of Nottingham's homeless population: an exploratory research study - executive summary. Sheffield: Sheffield Hallam University. https://www4.shu.ac.uk/research/cresr/sites/shu.ac.uk/files/mental-health-nottinghams-homeless-population-exec-summary.pdf
Pattison, B. (2017). Landlord perceptions of mortgage interest relief. Residential Landlords Association. https://research.rla.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/Landlord-Perceptions-of-Mortgage-Interest-Relief-FINAL.pdf
Cole, I., Pattison, B., & Reeve, K. (2017). The Voluntary Right to Buy pilot: Additional analysis of completions. Sheffield: National Housing Federation. http://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/files.ciw.housing.org.uk/Completions_analysis_report_September_2017.pdf
Pattison, B., & Reeve, K. (2017). Access to homes for under-35’s : The impact of welfare reform on private renting. Sheffield Hallam University for the Residential Landlords Association. https://research.rla.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/SHU-Access-to-homes-for-under35s.pdf
Cole, I., Green, S., Pattison, B., Reeve, K., & Wilson, I. (2017). Capping aspiration : the millennial housing challenge. Sheffield Hallam University for the Sovereign Housing Association. https://www.sovereign.org.uk/assets/CappingAspirations
Mullins, D., Sacranie, H., & Pattison, B. (2017). Social Lettings Agencies in the West Midlands. Birmingham: University of Birmingham. http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/Documents/college-social-sciences/social-policy/SPSW/Housing/2017/REPORT-1-SOCIAL-LETTINGS-AGENCIES-IN-THE-WEST-MIDLANDS-FINAL-MARCH-24.pdf
Mullins, D., Sacranie, H., & Pattison, B. (2017). Let to Birmingham: 2016 case study report. Birmingham: University of Birmingham. http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/Documents/college-social-sciences/social-policy/SPSW/Housing/2017/REPORT-2-LET-TO-BIRMINGHAM-2016-CASE-STUDY-REPORT-FINAL-MARCH-24.pdf
Cole, I., Pattison, B., Reeve, K., & While, A. (2017). The Pilot Programme for the Voluntary Right to Buy for Housing Associations : an action-learning approach. Sheffield Hallam University for the National Housing Federation. http://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/doc.housing.org.uk/Editorial/RTB/CRESR_VRTB_pilot_research_-_main_report.pdf?dm_i=3R33,53DS,11XSI5,H05V,1
Bashir, N., Eadson, W., & Pattison, B. (2016). Warm Homes Oldham evaluation : final report. Sheffield: Sheffield Hallam University. http://www4.shu.ac.uk/research/cresr/sites/shu.ac.uk/files/warm-homes-oldham-evaluation-final-report.pdf
Reeve, K., Cole, I., Batty, E., Foden, M., Green, S., & Pattison, B. (2016). Home : no less will do - homeless people's access to the private rented sector. London, UK: Crisis. http://www.crisis.org.uk/research.php?fullitem=502
Green, S., Pattison, B., Reeve, K., & Wilson, I. (2016). How affordable is affordable housing? Norwich, UK: Flagship Group.
Pattison, B., Tyler, P., Wells, P., & Wilson, I. (2016). Regeneration revival? Making housing-led regeneration work across England. Sheffield: Chartered Institute of Housing. http://www4.shu.ac.uk/research/cresr/sites/shu.ac.uk/files/regeneration-revival.pdf
Pattison, B., Robinson, D., & Wilson, I. (2016). Tenant perception of the Right to Buy extension : evidence from the Big Tenant Survey. Sheffiled: Sheffield Hallam University. http://www4.shu.ac.uk/research/cresr/sites/shu.ac.uk/files/tenants-perceptions-right-to-buy.pdf
Cole, I., Pattison, B., & Reeve, K. (2015). The withdrawal of support for housing costs under Universal Credit for young people : more pain for little gain? CRISIS. http://www.crisis.org.uk/data/files/publications/Housing%20costs%2018-21%20removal%20FINAL.pdf
Cole, I., Green, S., Mccarthy, L., & Pattison, B. (2015). The Impact of the Existing Right to Buy and the Implications for the Proposed Extension of Right to Buy to Housing Associations. Parliament Website: Communities and Local Government Select Committee. https://www.parliament.uk/documents/commons-committees/communities-and-local-government/Full-Report-for-Select-Committee-141015final.pdf