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Ian Cole

Professor Ian Cole BA, DipSocAdmin, MPhil

Principal Research Fellow


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 Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG), Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF), regional bodies, local authorities and housing associations.

  • About

    Professor Cole directed the major evaluation for DWP of reforms to Local Housing Allowances (Housing Benefit) in the private rented sector in the United Kingdom.

    Professor Cole has been appointed as special adviser to the four House of Commons Select Committee inquiries on the impact of regeneration, low housing demand, the role of Housing Market Renewal Pathfinders, and earlier in 2018, on land value capture. 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 appointed Chair of the Board of South Yorkshire Housing association in 2017.

    Research interests

    • the development and future direction of the social housing sector in Britain
    • housebuilders and housing supply
    • housing market change
    • financialisation and housing.
  • Research

    • Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research
  • Publications

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