Ian Cole is Professor of Housing Studies and a Principal Research Fellow in the Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research (CRESR) at Sheffield Hallam University. He has extensive experience of research, teaching and writing in the field of housing and regeneration policy and practice. He has directed research projects for the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP), the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG), Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF), regional bodies, local authorities and housing associations.
Professor Cole has recently directed and completed a major evaluation for DWP of reforms to Local Housing Allowances (Housing Benefit) in the private rented sector in the United Kingdom. The research team also involved Professor Christina Beatty and other colleagues from CRESR, Professor Peter Kemp from the Institute of Social Policy at the University of Oxford, senior colleagues at the Institute of Fiscal Studies and Ipsos MORI.
Professor Cole has been appointed as special adviser to the three House of Commons Select Committee inquiries on the impact of regeneration, low housing demand, and the role of Housing Market Renewal Pathfinders. He also chaired a Ministerial Advisory Panel on the future of regulation in the social housing sector, resulting in the publication of the Cole report (2009). He was the independent chair to the Investment and Involvement Commission set up by Rochdale MBC, which led to the creation of the largest mutual co-owned housing organisation in the country, Rochdale Boroughwide Housing, in 2012.
Professor Cole has been a member of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Board of Examiners in Town Planning and of the JRF Housing and Neighbourhoods Research Committee.
- housing market analysis
- housing, regeneration and social mix
- the development and future direction of the social housing sector in Britain
- welfare reform and the private rented sector.
- Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research
2007–2010 Living through Change in Challenging Neighbourhoods, Joseph Rowntree Foundation. Role: Project director.
2005–2008 Housing Market Renewal Pathfinder Programme - National Evaluation, (Ecotec) Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (ODPM) / DCLG. Role, Project director.
COLE, Ian, PATTISON, Ben and REEVE, Kesia (2017). The Voluntary Right to Buy pilot: Additional analysis of completions. Project Report. Sheffield, National Housing Federation.
COLE, Ian, GREEN, Stephen, PATTISON, Ben, REEVE, Kesia and WILSON, Ian (2017). Capping aspiration : the millennial housing challenge. Project Report. Sheffield Hallam University for the Sovereign Housing Association.
CRISP, Richard, COLE, Ian, EADSON, William, FERRARI, Ed, POWELL, Ryan and WHILE, Aidan (2017). Tackling poverty through housing and planning policy in city regions. Project Report. Joseph Rowntree Foundation.
COLE, Ian, PATTISON, Ben, REEVE, Kesia and WHILE, Aidan (2017). The Pilot Programme for the Voluntary Right to Buy for Housing Associations : an action-learning approach. Project Report. Sheffield Hallam University for the National Housing Federation.
REEVE, Kesia, COLE, Ian, BATTY, Elaine, FODEN, Michael, GREEN, Stephen and PATTISON, Ben (2016). Home : no less will do - homeless people's access to the private rented sector. Project Report. London, UK, Crisis.
COLE, Ian, POWELL, Ryan and SANDERSON, Elizabeth (2016). Putting the squeeze on "Generation Rent": housing benefit claimants in the private rented sector - transitions, marginality and stigmatisation. Sociological Research Online, 21 (2), 1-14.
COLE, Ian (2015). The Housing Market Renewal Pathfinder Programme : a drop of Keynes in a neo-liberal ocean? Built Environment, 41 (2), 289-304.
COLE, Ian, GREEN, Stephen, MCCARTHY, Lindsey and PATTISON, Ben (2015). The Impact of the Existing Right to Buy and the Implications for the Proposed Extension of Right to Buy to Housing Associations. Project Report. Parliament Website, Communities and Local Government Select Committee.
COLE, Ian, PATTISON, Ben and REEVE, Kesia (2015). The withdrawal of support for housing costs under Universal Credit for young people : more pain for little gain? Project Report. CRISIS.
BEATTY, Christina, COLE, Ian, GREEN, Stephen, KEMP, Peter, POWELL, Ryan and SANDERSON, Elizabeth (2014). Monitoring the impact of recent measures affecting Housing Benefit and Local Housing Allowances in the private rented sector in Northern Ireland: Final Report. Project Report. Sheffield, Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research, Sheffield Hallam University.
COLE, Ian (2013). Whose place? Whose history? Contrasting narratives and experiences of neighbourhood change and housing renewal. Housing, Theory and Society, 30 (1), 65-83.
COLE, Ian (2012). Housing market renewal and demolition in England in the 2000s: the governance of a ‘wicked problem’. International Journal of Housing Policy, 12 (3), 347-366.
BEATTY, Christina and COLE, Ian (2009). Stability, residential satisfaction and the dynamics of change. Journal of Urban Regeneration and Renewal, 3 (2), 141-153.
COLE, I. D. (2006). Hidden from history? housing studies, the perpetual present and the case of social housing in Britain. Housing studies, 21 (2), 283-295.
COLE, I. D. and ETHERINGTON, D. (2005). Neighbourhood renewal policy and spatial differentiation in housing markets: recent trends in England and Denmark. European journal of housing policy, 5 (1), 77-97.
COLE, I. D. and NEVIN, B. (2004). The road to renewal. The early development of the Housing Market Renewal Pathfinder programme in England. The road to renewal. The early development of the Housing Market Renewal Pathfinder programme in England.
COLE, I. D. (2003). The development of housing policy in the English regions: trends and prospects. Housing studies, 18 (2), 219-234.
FURBEY, R., COLE, I. and REID, B. (2001). Housing professionalism in the United Kingdom: the final curtain or a new age? Housing, theory and society, 18 (1&2), 36-49.
GOODCHILD, B. J. and COLE, I. D. (2001). Social balance and mixed neighbourhoods in Britain since 1979: a review of discourse and practice in social housing. Environment and planning D: society and space.
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