Ed Ferrari is Director of the Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research (CRESR) at Sheffield Hallam University.
His research interests include the analysis of housing markets, mobility in the social rented sector, application of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to housing research, strategic planning, and the use of secondary data-sets for policy research. He is a co-investigator on the £6m Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence (CaCHE) running from 2017-2022. Ed has undertaken research projects on strategic housing issues, including understanding housing markets, targeting neighbourhood interventions, and examining the impacts of policy. He was closely involved in the development of the evidence base for the government’s Housing Market Renewal programme (2002–2010), was a lead member of the consortium undertaking the national evaluation of the HMR Pathfinders for DCLG, and contributed to the work of the JRF Housing Markets Taskforce (2011). Ed is Managing Editor of the leading international journal Housing Studies. He is past Chair of the Housing Studies Association, the learned society representing the interests of housing scholars. He advised the Sheffield City Region on housing and planning issues.
- housing market analysis
- housing policy and strategy
- strategic spatial planning
- Geographical Information Systems and spatial analysis
- transport policy and planning.
Ed would welcome discussion on supervising students around any of the following areas
- housing policy and strategy
- the functioning and geography of local housing markets and systems
- strategic planning for housing
- transport policy and strategy, particularly in relation to local labour and housing markets
- spatial analytical methods, GIS approaches, and the use of secondary data analysis
Current research projects
2019-2020 Building the Case for Social Housing Investment post 2021, Scottish Federation of Housing Associations/Shelter Scotland/Chartered Institute of Housing Scotland (with University of Liverpool). Role: work package lead.
2018-2020 Evaluation and Learning Partner, Nationwide Foundation. Role: project director.
2018-2019 Sheffield and Rotherham Strategic Housing Market Assessment, Sheffield City Council/Rotherham MBC. Role: project director.
2018-2019 Evaluation of Housing Twenty11, Red Kite Community Housing Association. Role: project director.
2017-2022 UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence (CaCHE), ESRC/AHRC/JRF (with University of Glasgow and others).Role: Knowledge Exchange Lead (North and Midlands).
Selected research projects
2019 Metrolink Community Impact Study (with Ipsos MORI), Transport for Greater Manchester. Role: policy inputs.
2018 Tees Valley Housing Markets (with Kada Research), Northern Housing Consortium. Role: project director.
2017-2018 Scaling up social lettings? Scope, impact and barriers, Joseph Rowntree Foundation and Nationwide Foundation. Role: project director.
2017 Transport Barriers to Work in Low Income Neighbourhoods, Joseph Rowntree Foundation. Role: member of the research team.
2016-2018 Evaluation of Housing+, Sheffield City Council (with The University of Sheffield).
2015-2016 Real Time Information+ (South Yorkshire PTE/ University of Sheffield ESRC Impact Accelerator Account)
2015 Affordable Housing Need in Scotland (Shelter Scotland), with Ryan Powell, University of Sheffield
2015 The Future of Council Housing (Sheffield City Council/UoS)
2015 Overcoming disconnection and deprivation in city regions (JRF), with Alasdair Rae, University of Sheffield
2014-2015 Secondment to Sheffield City Region LEP (0.2 FTE) (Sheffield University Collaborative R&D Scheme)
2014-2015 Rotherham Strategic Housing Market Assessment (Rotherham MBC)
2013-2014 Links between housing and poverty over the life course (JRF), with University of Sheffield and Heriot Watt University
2013-2014 Travel to School and Housing Markets in the UK (ESRC)
2013-2014 Housing research and policy knowledge exchange project (ESRC and HQN Ltd.)
2013 Strategic Housing Market Assessment (Sheffield City Council)
2010 Local Housing Market Volatility – report to JRF Housing Market Taskforce (Joseph Rowntree Foundation)
2007-2010 Wakefield Housing Impact Project (Wakefield and District Housing), with Paul Hickman (CRESR)
2004-2008 National Evaluation of Housing Market Renewal (DCLG), with Salford University, Ecotec Research and Consulting, and the University of Birmingham
Crook, T., Bibby, P., Ferrari, E., Monk, S., Tang, C. and Whitehead, C. (2016) New housing association development and its potential to reduce concentrations of deprivation: An English case study. Urban Studies, 53 (16): 3388-3404. DOI: 10.1177/0042098015613044
Easton, S. and Ferrari, E. (2015) Children's travel to school - the interaction of individual, neighbourhood and school factors. Transport Policy, 44, pp. 9-18. DOI: 10.1016/j.tranpol.2015.05.023
Ferrari, E. (2015) The social value of housing in straitened times: the view from England. Housing Studies, 30 (4), pp. 514-534. DOI: 10.1080/02673037.2013.873117
Ferrari, E. and Phillips, A. (2015) The Future of Council Housing: Supporting the Development of a Housing+ Model. Sheffield: Sheffield City Council.
Powell, R., Dunning, R., Ferrari, E. and McKee, K. (2015) Affordable Housing Need in Scotland. Shelter Scotland.
Easton, S. and Ferrari, E. (2014) ‘Real’ School Catchment Areas, Neighbourhood Characteristics and Access to Places at the ‘Best’ State Schools, LARIA (Local Area Research & Intelligence Association) newsletter, http://laria.org.uk/2014/12/real-school-catchment-areas-neighbourhood-characteristics-and-access-to-places-at-the-best-state-schools/
Stephens M., Leishman, C., Bramley, G., Rae, A. and Ferrari, E. (2014) What Will the Housing Market Look Like in 2040? York: Joseph Rowntree Foundation.
Burfitt, A. and Ferrari, E. (2013) The housing and neighbourhood impacts of knowledge-based economic development following industrial closure, In: Beer, A. and Evans, H. (Eds) The Impacts of Automotive Plant Closures. Oxford: Routledge (reproduction of special issue of Policy Studies).
Dunning, R., Ferrari, E., Leahy Laughlin, D., McGown, R., Powell, R., Rae, A., Squires, M. and Watkins, C. (2013) Sheffield Strategic Housing Market Assessment. Sheffield: Sheffield City Council.
Ferrari, E. and Green, M.A. (2013) Travel to school and housing markets: a case study of Sheffield, England. Environment and Planning A, 45, pp. 2771-2788.
Ferrari, E. and Rae, A. (2013) The spatiality of housing market volatility and selective migration. Town Planning Review, 84 (1), pp. 109-125.
Crook, A., Ferrari, E. and Kemp, P.A. (2012) Knowing the area: the management of market and business risks by private landlords in Scotland. Urban Studies 49 (15), pp. 3347-3363.
Ferrari, E. (2012) Competing ideas of social justice and space: locating critiques of housing renewal in theory and in practice. International Journal of Housing Policy, 12 (3), pp. 263-280.
Ferrari, E. (2012) ‘Small Area Spatial Statistics’, chapter 674, In: Smith, S.J. (ed.) International Encyclopedia of Housing and Home. Oxford: Elsevier.
Watkins, C., Ferrari, E., Leahy Laughlin, D., Aldridge, M. and White, M. (2012) Household Mobility Expectations and Estimates of Local Housing Demand, February 2012. London: Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.
Crook, A.D.H., Bibby, P., Brindley, P., Ferrari, E., Whitehead, C., Jones, M., Tang, C. and Tunstall, R. (2011) New affordable homes: What, where and for whom have Registered Providers been building between 1989 – 2009? London: Tenant Services Authority.
Crook, A.D.H., Whitehead, C.M.E., Ferrari, E., Burgess, G. and Monk, S. (2011) Financing the new housing supply, written submission to Communities and Local Government Committee, 11th report of the Communities and Local Government Committee, volume II, session 2010-12, page Ev w63.
Ferrari, E. (2011) Conceptualising social housing within the wider housing market: a vacancy chain model. Housing Studies, 26 (1), pp. 95–116.
Ferrari, E., Henneberry, J., Leahy Laughlin, D., Tait, M., Watkins, C. and MacMaster, R. (2011) Behavioural economics approach to the housing sector, report to CLG. London: Communities and Local Government.
Ferrari, E., Leahy Laughlin, D. and Watkins, C. A. (2011) Planning and the housing market: reflection on strategic housing market assessment in England. Town Planning Review, 82 (4), pp. 393-423.
Ferrari, E. and Rae, A. (2011) Local housing market volatility. York: Joseph Rowntree Foundation.
Hickman, P., Walshaw, A., Gore, T., Ferrari, E. and Wilson, I. (2011) The Houses All Look Posh Now; Evaluating the Impact of a Housing Improvement Programme. Wakefield and District Housing.
Kennedy, C., Theorodopolous, G., Sorge, V., Ferrari, E., Lee, P. and Skelcher, C. (2011) Data driven simulation to support model building in the social sciences. Journal of Algorithms and Computational Technology, 5 (4), pp. 561–581.
Park, J. and Ferrari, E. (2011) ‘Modified’ preferences shaped by the market-driven ‘housing culture’ in South Korea. Architecture, Civil Engineering, Environment (ACEE), 4 (2), pp. 5–20.
Crook, A. D. H,, Dunning, R., Ferrari, E., Henneberry, J., Watkins, C., Burgess, G., Lyall Grant, F., Monk, S., Whitehead, C. and Rowley, S. (2010) The Incidence, Value and Delivery of Planning Obligations in England in 2007-08. Final Report. London: Communities and Local Government.
Crook, A. D. H. and Ferrari, E. (2010) Stopping the flow. Planning, 16 July 2010, pp 14-15.
Ferrari, E. (2010) Jackpot? The New Statesman, 4 October 2010.
Crook, A. D. H., Ferrari, E. and Kemp, P. A. (2009) The Views and Experiences of Landlords in the Private Sector in Scotland. Edinburgh: The Scottish Government.
Ferrari, E., Gore, T., Hickman, P. Platts-Fowler, D. and Walshaw, A. (2009) Portobello and Belle Vue Housing Impact Study - Third Annual Review Report. Sheffield, Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research.
Ferrari, E., Gore, T., Hickman, P. and Walshaw, A. (2009) Portobello and Belle Vue Housing Impact Study - Second Annual Review Report. Sheffield: Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research.
Leather, P., Ferrari, E. and Cole, I. (2009) National Evaluation of Housing Market Renewal Pathfinders 2005 to 2007. London: Communities and Local Government.
Burfitt, A. and Ferrari, E. (2008) The housing and neighbourhood impacts of knowledge-based economic development following industrial closure. Policy Studies, 29 (3), pp. 293-304.
Cole, I. and Ferrari, E. (2008) Connectivity of Place and Housing Market Change: the case of Birmingham, In: Flint, J. and Robinson, D. (eds) Community Cohesion in Crisis? : New Dimensions of Diversity and Difference. Bristol: Policy Press, pp. 57-79.
Ferrari, E. (2008) Housing growth points: can we build our way out of a crisis? Building online, 22 July 2008.
Ferrari, E., Gore, T., Hickman, P. and Walshaw, A. (2008) Portobello and Belle Vue Housing Impact Study - First Annual Review Report. Sheffield: Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research.
Ferrari, E. (2007) Housing Market Renewal in an era of new housing supply. People, Place and Policy Online 1 (3).
Burfitt, A., Ferrari, E., Gibney, J., Tice, A., and MacNeill, S. (2007) Connecting Technology and Regeneration Aspirations: The Potential Impact of The Central Technology Belt on Residents and Communities in South Birmingham, Report for Birmingham City Council, five volumes and executive summary. Birmingham: Centre for Urban and Regional Studies.
Ferrari, E. and Lee, P. (2007) A United Kingdom? Changing spatial, ethnic and tenure patterns in England, In: Beider, H. (ed.). Housing, neighbourhood renewal and community engagement. Oxford: Blackwells, pp. 31-62.
Ferrari, E., Lee, P. and Murie, A. (2007) Geographical Changes – changes and implications for housing associations (Sector Study). London: the Housing Corporation.
Lee, P. and Ferrari, E. (2007) Black and Minority Ethnic Population in England (Sector Study). London: the Housing Corporation.
Leather, P., Cole, I. and Ferrari, E. (2007) National Evaluation of Housing Market Renewal: baseline report. London: Department for Communities and Local Government.
Ferrari, E. and Roberts, J. (2006) Manchester: re-growth of a shrinking city. In: Shrinking Cities: complete works 1. Berlin: archplus.
Ferrari, E. and Roberts, J. (2006) Liverpool: changing urban form. In: Shrinking Cities: complete works 1. Berlin: archplus.
Lee, P. and Ferrari, E. (2006) Socio-demographic change from the 2001 Census and implications for RSLs (series of Sector Studies). London: the Housing Corporation.
Downie, J., Ferrari, E., Tice, A., Lee, P. and Murie, A. (2005) The Need for Middle Market Housing in Stratford-Upon-Avon District, Confidential report to Heart of England Housing Group.
Ferrari, E. and Lee, P. (2005) Consideration of the Impact of the Express Parks Proposal in Wath. Confidential report to Transform South Yorkshire, Sheffield.
Ferrari, E. and Lee, P. (2005) Memorandum by the Centre of Urban and Regional Studies (ev97) submitted to the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister: Housing, Planning, Local Government and the Regions Committee Inquiry into Affordability and the Supply of Housing (session 2005-06) (HC 703-II). London: TSO.
Ferrari, E., Lee, P. and Leather, P. (2005) Restating the Case for HMR Intervention (Supplement to the second prospectus). Confidential report to Transform South Yorkshire, Sheffield.
Ferrari, E., Robinson, D. and Coward, S. (2005) Housing Market Intelligence in the HMR Pathfinders. Confidential report to the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister. The University of Birmingham, School of Public Policy.
Ferrari, E., Hagemann, A. and Muller, N. (2004) Statistical Data: Manchester/Liverpool,' In: Shrinking Cities II: Manchester/Liverpool, Berlin, Germany, Buro Philipp Oswalt, 6-10). (Available at: http://www.shrinkingcities.com)
Ferrari, E., Leather, P., Beazley, M., Lee, P. and Roberts, J. (2004) The Housing Market Evidence Base for the Birmingham/Sandwell Pathfinder. Birmingham: CURS, the University of Birmingham, CURS.
MacNeill, S., Burfitt, A., Ferrari, E. and Schierenbeck, C. (2004) Trends and Drivers of the European Automotive Industry. Report for European Foundation for Living and Working Conditions. European Commission.
Phillimore, J., Goodson, L., Beebejaun, Y. and Ferrari, E. (2004) The access, learning and employment needs of newcomers from abroad and the capacity of existing provision to meet those needs. Birmingham: Learning and Skills Council.
Ferrari, E., Leather, P. and Lee, P. (2003) Analysis of the South Yorkshire Housing Market. Sheffield: Transform South Yorkshire.
Leather, P., Lee, P. and Ferrari, E. (2003) The Housing Market in the North West. Manchester: Government Office for the North West.
Leather, P., Lee, P. and Ferrari, E. (2003) Changing Housing Markets In Cheshire, Cumbria And Lancashire, report to the Northern Housing Consortium et al. Birmingham: The University of Birmingham, CURS.
Lee, P., Barber, A., Burfitt, A., Collinge, C., Ferrari, E., Hall, S., Murie, A. and Roberts, J. (2003) The Housing Market and Economic Function of the Eastern Corridor of Birmingham and Solihull. Report to Birmingham City Council and Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council. The University of Birmingham, CURS, The School of Public Policy.
Lee, P., Ferrari, E., Murie, A., Collinge, C., and Rowlands, R. (2003) Housing Demand in Coventry. Coventry Group of Housing Associations.
Murie, A. and Ferrari, E. (2003) Reforming the Right to Buy in England. Coventry: Chartered Institute for Housing.
Murie, A., Rowlands, R., Lee, P., Leather, P. and Ferrari, E. (2003) Putting our House in Order: Towards a Regional Housing Strategy for the West Midlands. Report to the West Midlands Regional Housing Board.
Editor, Housing Studies Past Chair, Housing Studies Association