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.
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.
- the development and future direction of the social housing sector in Britain
- housebuilders and housing supply
- housing market change
- financialisation and housing.
- Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research
Smyth, S., Cole, I., & Fields, D. (2019). From gatekeepers to gateway constructors: Credit rating agencies and the financialisation of housing associations. Critical Perspectives on Accounting, 102093. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.cpa.2019.102093
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
Cole, I., Powell, R., & Sanderson, E. (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. http://doi.org/10.5153/sro.3909
Cole, I. (2015). The Housing Market Renewal Pathfinder Programme : a drop of Keynes in a neo-liberal ocean? Built Environment, 41 (2), 289-304. http://docserver.ingentaconnect.com/deliver/connect/alex/02637960/v41n2/s12.pdf?expires=1452678270&id=85731393&titleid=75007544&accname=Sheffield+Hallam+University&checksum=B84BDF8596BD09668AFC9E623B761D28
Crisp, R., Eadson, W., Cole, I., Dayson, C., Escott, K., Fothergill, S., ... Robinson, D. (2015). Election commentaries. People, Place and Policy, 9 (1), 65-89. http://doi.org/10.3351/ppp.0009.0001.0005
Cole, I. (2013). Whose place? Whose history? Contrasting narratives and experiences of neighbourhood change and housing renewal. Housing, Theory and Society, 30 (1), 65-83. http://doi.org/10.1080/14036096.2012.683295
Cole, I. (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. http://doi.org/10.1080/14616718.2012.709672
Beatty, C., & Cole, I. (2009). Stability, residential satisfaction and the dynamics of change. Journal of Urban Regeneration and Renewal, 3 (2), 141-153. http://henrystewart.metapress.com/link.asp?id=01357750707w166k
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. http://doi.org/10.1080/02673030500484893
Cole, I.D., & 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. http://doi.org/10.1080/14616710500055703
Cole, I.D., & 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. http://www.jrf.org.uk/publications/early-development-housing-market-renewal-programme
Cole, I.D. (2003). The development of housing policy in the English regions: trends and prospects. Housing studies, 18 (2), 219-234. http://doi.org/10.1080/0267303032000087739
Cole, I. (2003). Dangers in the pursuit of the concept of "pure relationships". Housing, Theory and Society, 20 (1), 16-18. http://doi.org/10.1080/14036090310004577c
Goodchild, B.J., & 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. http://doi.org/10.1068/d39j
Furbey, R., Cole, I., & 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. http://doi.org/10.1080/14036090118061
Cole, I., & Goodchild, B. (2000). Social mix and the 'balanced community' in British housing policy - A tale of two epochs. GeoJournal, 51 (4), 351-360. http://doi.org/10.1023/A:1012049526513
Cole, I., & Robinson, D. (2000). Owners yet tenants: The position of leaseholders in flats in England and Wales. Housing Studies, 15 (4), 595-612. http://doi.org/10.1080/02673030050081122
Cole, I., & Goodchild, B. (1995). Local housing strategies in England: an assessment of their changing role and content. Policy & Politics, 23 (1), 49-60. http://doi.org/10.1332/030557395782227348
Cole, I. (1986). Trusting the Tenant? Community Development Journal, 21 (2), 146-150. http://doi.org/10.1093/cdj/21.2.146
Cole, I., & Green, S. (2011). Mixed communities : from vision to oblivion. In Anderson, I., & Sim, D. (Eds.) Housing and Equality. Coventry: Chartered Institute of Housing: http://www.cih.org/publication/display/vpathDCR/templatedata/cih/publication/data/Housing_and_Inequality
Cole, I., & Ferrari, E.D. (2008). Connectivity of place and housing market change: The case of Birmingham. In Community Cohesion in Crisis?: New Dimensions of Diversity and Difference. (pp. 57-79).
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
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
Crisp, R., Cole, I., Eadson, W., Ferrari, E., Powell, R., & While, A. (2017). Tackling poverty through housing and planning policy in city regions. Joseph Rowntree Foundation. http://www4.shu.ac.uk/research/cresr/sites/shu.ac.uk/files/jrf-tackling-poverty-housing-planning-city-regions.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
Archer, T., & Cole, I. (2016). Profits before Volume? Major housebuilders and the crisis of housing supply. Sheffield Hallam University. http://www4.shu.ac.uk/research/cresr/sites/shu.ac.uk/files/profits-before-volume-housebuilders-crisis-housing-supply.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
Cole, I., Gilbertson, J., & Reeve, K. (2016). Research Summary - Evaluation of the prepaid card live test: Final report. http://www4.shu.ac.uk/research/cresr/sites/shu.ac.uk/files/eval-prepaid-card-live-test-research-summary.pdf
Reeve, K., Cole, I., & Gilbertson, J. (2016). Evaluation of the prepaid card live test. http://www4.shu.ac.uk/research/cresr/sites/shu.ac.uk/files/eval-prepaid-card-live-test.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
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
Green, S., Mccarthy, L., Reeve, K., Cole, I., & Batty, E. (2015). Evaluation of the sharing solutions programme. London: Crisis UK. http://www.shu.ac.uk/research/cresr/ourexpertise/evaluation-crisis-sharing-solutions-programme
Beatty, C., Cole, I., Powell, R., Kemp, P., Brewer, M., Browne, J., ... Joyce, R. (2014). The impact of recent reforms to Local Housing Allowances: Summary of key findings. DWP. http://www.shu.ac.uk/research/cresr/sites/shu.ac.uk/files/impact-reforms-lha-summary.pdf
Beatty, C., Kemp, P., Cole, I., & Foden, M. (2014). The impact of changes to the Local Housing Allowance in the private rented sector. http://www.shu.ac.uk/research/cresr/sites/shu.ac.uk/files/impact-lha-prs-tenants.pdf
Beatty, C., Cole, I., Foden, M., & Powell, R. (2014). The impact of recent reforms to Local Housing Allowances: Differences by place. http://www.shu.ac.uk/research/cresr/sites/shu.ac.uk/files/impact-reforms-lha-differences-place.pdf
Beatty, C., Cole, I., Powell, R., Kemp, P., Brewer, M., Browne, J., ... Joyce, R. (2014). DWP Research Summary - Monitoring the impact of changes to the Local Housing Allowance system of Housing Benefit: final reports. http://www.shu.ac.uk/research/cresr/sites/shu.ac.uk/files/final-reports-dwp-research-summary.pdf
Beatty, C., Cole, I., Green, S., Kemp, P., Powell, R., & Sanderson, E. (2014). Monitoring the impact of recent measures affecting Housing Benefit and Local Housing Allowances in the private rented sector in Northern Ireland: Final Report. Sheffield: Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research, Sheffield Hallam University. http://www.shu.ac.uk/research/cresr/sites/shu.ac.uk/files/NI-LHA-final-report.pdf
Beatty, C., Cole, I., Kemp, P., Marshall, B., Powell, R., & Wilson, I. (2012). Monitoring the impact of changes to the Local Housing Allowance system of housing benefit: Summary of early findings. http://www.shu.ac.uk/research/cresr/sites/shu.ac.uk/files/monitoring-impact-changes-lha-summary-early-findings.pdf
Cole, I., Tyler, P., Warnock, C., Wells, P., Provins, A., Brennan, A., ... May-Gillings, M. (2010). Valuing the Benefits of Regeneration: Economics paper 7 - Summary. http://www.shu.ac.uk/research/cresr/sites/shu.ac.uk/files/valuing-benefits-regen-paper7-summary.pdf
Cole, I., Tyler, P., Warnock, C., Povins, A., Wells, P., Gilbertson, J., ... Brennan, A. (2010). Valuing the Benefits of Regeneration: Economics paper 7 - Volume I - Final Report. http://www.shu.ac.uk/research/cresr/sites/shu.ac.uk/files/valuing-benefits-regen-paper7-vol1.pdf
Cole, I., Tyler, P., Warnock, C., Provins, A., Brennan, A., Wells, P., ... May-Gillings, M. (2010). Valuing the Benefits of Regeneration: Economics paper 7 - Volume II - Logic chains and literature review. http://www.shu.ac.uk/research/cresr/sites/shu.ac.uk/files/valuing-benefits-regen-paper7-vol2.pdf
Green, S., Casey, R., Cole, I., & Duffy, D. (2008). A Study of Younger People's Housing Needs in the Northern Housing Market Area. http://www.shu.ac.uk/research/cresr/sites/shu.ac.uk/files/study-younger-peoples-housing-needs.pdf
Cole, I., Hickman, P., Sprigings, N., & McCoulough, E. (2008). The Private Rented Sector in West Yorkshire: Final Report. http://www.shu.ac.uk/research/cresr/sites/shu.ac.uk/files/private-rented-sector-west-yorkshire.pdf
Cole, I., & Flint, J. (2007). Demolition, relocation and affordable rehousing: Lessons from the Housing Market Renewal Pathfinders. The Chartered Institute of Housing / Joseph Rowntree Foundation. http://www.shu.ac.uk/research/cresr/sites/shu.ac.uk/files/demolition-relocation-affordable-rehousing.pdf
Cole, I., McCoulough, E., & Southworth, J. (2005). Neighbourhood Agreements in action: A case study of Foxwood, York. http://www.shu.ac.uk/research/cresr/sites/shu.ac.uk/files/neighbourhood-agreements-action-foxwood.pdf
Robinson, D., & Cole, I. (2003). Understanding Somali Housing Experiences in England. Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research, Sheffield Hallam University. http://www.shu.ac.uk/research/cresr/sites/shu.ac.uk/files/somali-housing-experiences-england.pdf
Theses / Dissertations
Archer, T.L. (2016). Collective realism: Exploring the development and the outcomes of urban housing collectives. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Robinson, D., & Cole, I.
Aitken, D.J.S. (2015). Trust and participation in urban regeneration. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Cole, I., & Robinson, D.
Albanese, F.C. (2007). Decision-making in the Housing Association sector : the case of asset management. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Hickman, P., & Cole, I.
Dixon, L.A. (2000). The evolution of multi-tenure estates in the British housing system. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Cole, I.