Ian Wilson is a Principal Research Fellow in CRESR who coordinates its Social, Economic and Regeneration team. Ian has over 15 years’ of experience in undertaking applied policy research and evaluation. He has successfully directed or managed strands on major evaluation projects for a range of commissioning bodies, including the DWP, MHCLG, the Welsh Government, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Power to Change, the British Red Cross, Save the Children, the Northern Housing Consortium, Flagship Housing Group, Wakefield and District Housing and the Northern Ireland Housing Executive.
Ian has considerable expertise and experience in economic evaluation and econometric/statistical analysis. This includes the application of Cost Benefit Analysis (including the economic valuation of impacts), economic impact analysis, analysis of financial accounts, survey research and the use of advanced statistical methods in the analysis of cross-sectional, multi-level and longitudinal datasets. Much of his work has involved devising innovative methods and solutions for these methods. For example: producing a measure of a Young Person's proximity to the labour market; creating a costing model to monetise the effects of complex need projects on the usage of statutory services; identifying the impact of direct payment of housing benefit on tenants rent payment behaviour; and identifying the impact of New Deal Communities (NDC), included pioneering work to monetise the value of 'perceptional' outcomes from regeneration programmes such as NDC. He has contributed to over eighty policy orientated papers and reports. Ian has also produced papers for peer-reviewed academic journals and presented at conferences and seminars.
His research interests include economic methods for valuation and evaluation, housing affordability, the provision of older peoples housing, labour market interventions and place based policy.
- assessing economic impact
- estimating the monetised value of outputs and outcomes
- GIS and quantitative research methods
- the impact of regeneration programmes on housing, health, crime, social capital and labour markets
- inequalities and disadvantage within labour markets.
Social Sciences and Arts
Welfare reform and labour markets
Regeneration and economic development
Voluntary and community sector
Measuring outcomes and impact
- Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research
2012-2020 Evaluation of Talent Match, funded by the BIG Lottery, £1.4 million. Role: Lead quantitative analysis.
2014-2015 Evaluation of HB2U, funded by Circle Housing Wherry, £37,750. Role: Director.
2015 The Big Tenant Survey, Funded by Housing Partners, £20,000. Role: Manager.
2015-2016 Evaluation of the First Call Service, funded by British Red Cross, £60,000. Role: Lead quantitative and impact analysis.
2014-2020 Evaluation of the West Yorkshire Finding Independence Project, funded by DISC, £300,000. Role: Lead impact analysis.
- Big Lottery Fund
- Cabinet Office
- Department for Work and Pensions
- Go Racing in Yorkshire
- Home Office
- Office for the Deputy Prime Minister
- Wakefield and District Housing
- Yorkshire Forward
Wilson, I. (2019). Direct payment of housing benefit: responsibilisation at what cost to landlords? International journal of housing policy. http://doi.org/10.1080/19491247.2019.1584493
Robinson, D., Green, S., & Wilson, I. (2019). Housing options for older people in a reimagined housing system: a case study from England. International Journal of Housing Policy. http://doi.org/10.1080/19491247.2019.1644020
Hickman, P., Kemp, P.A., Reeve, K., & Wilson, I. (2017). The impact of the direct payment of housing benefit: evidence from Great Britain. Housing Studies, 32 (8), 1105-1126. http://doi.org/10.1080/02673037.2017.1301401
Sanderson, E., & Wilson, I. (2017). Does locality make a difference? The impact of housing allowance reforms on private landlords. Housing Studies, 32 (7), 948-967. http://doi.org/10.1080/02673037.2017.1291911
Wilson, I. (2013). Outcomes for 'stayers' in urban regeneration areas: the New Deal for Communities Programme in England. Urban Research & Practice Online ISSN 1753-5077, 6 (2), 174-193. http://doi.org/10.1080/17535069.2013.808444
Wilson, I. (2012). Using shadow pricing to value outcomes from regeneration programmes: evidence from the New Deal for Communities Programme in England. Town Planning Review, 83 (6), 669-694. http://doi.org/10.3828/tpr.2012.42
Lawless, P., Foden, M., Wilson, I., & Beatty, C. (2010). Understanding area-based regeneration: The New Deal for Communities Programme in England. Sage Urban Studies Abstracts, 47 (2), 257-275. http://doi.org/10.1177/0042098009348324
Beatty, C., Foden, M., Lawless, P., & Wilson, I. (2010). Area-based regeneration partnerships and the role of central government: the New Deal for Communities programme in England. Policy and Politics, 38 (2), 235-251. http://doi.org/10.1332/030557309X462141
Wilson, I., Lawless, P., Grimsley, M., & Foden, M. (2010). Linking interventions to outcomes in area regeneration: The New Deal for Communities Programme in England. Town Planning Review, 81 (2), 151-172. http://doi.org/10.3828/tpr.2009.32
Gilbertson, J., & Wilson, I. (2009). Measuring participation at a local level: be careful what you ask for! People, Place & Policy Online, 3 (2), 78-91. http://doi.org/10.3351/ppp.0003.0002.0002
Fothergill, S., & Wilson, I. (2007). A million off incapacity benefit: How achievable is Labour's target? Cambridge Journal of Economics, 31 (6), 1007-1023. http://doi.org/10.1093/cje/bem029
Sanderson, E., Wells, P., & Wilson, I. (2015). Young people's resilience and involvement : possible elements of the European Union's Structural and Investment Funds in addressing youth unemployment? In Challenges for the New Cohesion Policy in 2014-2020 : An Academic and Policy Debate, Riga, 4 February 2015 - 6 February 2015. http://www.regionalstudies.org/conferences/conference/challenges-for-the-new-cohesion-policy-in-2014-2020-an-academic-and-policy
Sanderson, E., Wells, P., & Wilson, I. (2016). Resilience and involvement: the role of the EU's Structural and Investment Funds in addressing youth unemployment. In Bachtler, J., Berkowitz, P., Hardy, S., & Muravska, T. (Eds.) EU cohesion policy: reassessing performance and direction. (pp. 127-139). Abingdon: Routledge: http://doi.org/10.4324/9781315401867
Archer, T., Wilson, I., Parkes, S., Batty, E., & Harris, C. (2019). Our assets, our future: the economics, outcomes and sustainability of assets in community ownership. Power to Change. https://www.powertochange.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Assets-Report-DIGITAL-1.pdf
Archer, T., Green, S., & Wilson, I. (2018). Effective housing for people on low incomes in the Welsh Valleys. Joseph Rowntree Foundation. https://www.jrf.org.uk/report/effective-housing-people-low-incomes-welsh-valleys
Gilbertson, J., Leather, D., Mccarthy, L., & Wilson, I. (2018). An evaluation of Cash Smart Credit Savvy: Final Report. Sheffield: Sheffield Hallam University. http://www4.shu.ac.uk/research/cresr/sites/shu.ac.uk/files/eval-cash-smart-credit-savvy-final-report.pdf
Batty, E., Pearson, S., Wilson, I., Coldwell, M., Stiell, B., & Willis, B. (2018). Children's Community evaluation 2017 report. Sheffield: Sheffield Hallam University. http://www4.shu.ac.uk/research/cresr/sites/shu.ac.uk/files/childrens-community-evaluation-2017.pdf
Archer, T., Green, S., Leather, D., Mccarthy, L., Wilson, I., Robinson, D., & Tait, M. (2018). Older people's housing, care and support needs in Greater Cambridge 2017-2036. Sheffield: Sheffield Hallam University. http://www4.shu.ac.uk/research/cresr/sites/shu.ac.uk/files/older-peoples-housing-care-support-greater-cambridge.pdf
Batty, E., Harris, C., Leather, D., Pearson, S., Wilson, I., Coldwell, M., ... Willis, B. (2018). Children's Communities programme evaluation 2018 report. Save the Children UK. https://www.savethechildren.org.uk/content/dam/gb/reports/education/children%27s_communities_y2_report_final.pdf
Batty, E., Foden, M., Green, S., Mccarthy, L., Robinson, D., & Wilson, I. (2017). Evaluation of Extra Care Housing in Wales. Cardiff: Welsh Government. http://www4.shu.ac.uk/research/cresr/sites/shu.ac.uk/files/eval-extra-care-housing-wales.pdf
Batty, E., Foden, M., Green, S., Mccarthy, L., Robinson, D., & Wilson, I. (2017). Evaluation of extra care housing in Wales: Executive summary. Cardiff: Welsh Government. http://www4.shu.ac.uk/research/cresr/sites/shu.ac.uk/files/eval-extra-care-housing-wales-summary.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
Green, S., Pattison, B., Reeve, K., & Wilson, I. (2016). How affordable is affordable housing? Norwich, UK: Flagship Group.
Green, S., & Wilson, I. (2016). Implementing Direct Payment of Housing Benefit: An Evaluation of Circle Housing's HB2U Project. CRESR, Sheffield Hallam University. https://www4.shu.ac.uk/research/cresr/sites/shu.ac.uk/files/circle-housing-hb2u-evaluation.pdf
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
Green, S., Robinson, D., & Wilson, I. (2015). The Housing Options of Older People in Doncaster. https://www4.shu.ac.uk/research/cresr/sites/shu.ac.uk/files/housing-options-older-people-doncaster.pdf
Eadson, W., Green, S., Reeve, K., Robinson, D., & Wilson, I. (2015). Houses into Homes: Final Evaluation Report. (59/2015). Welsh Government Social Research. https://www4.shu.ac.uk/research/cresr/sites/shu.ac.uk/files/houses-homes-final-eval-report.pdf
Reeve, K., Wilson, I., Hickman, P., & Dayson, C. (2014). Direct payment demonstration projects: Key findings of the 18th months' rent account analysis exercise. London: Department for Work and Pensions. http://www4.shu.ac.uk/research/cresr/sites/shu.ac.uk/files/dpdp-18-month-rent-account-analysis.pdf
Hickman, P., Reeve, K., Kemp, P., Wilson, I., & Green, S. (2014). Direct payment demonstration projects: Key findings of the programme evaluation. Final report. London: Department for Work and Pensions. http://www.gov.uk/Government/organisations/department-for-work-pensions/about/research#research-publications
Bashir, N., Cronin De Chavez, A., Gilbertson, J., Tod, A., Sanderson, E., & Wilson, I. (2013). An Evaluation of the FILT Warm Homes Service. Sheffield: Sheffield Hallam University. http://www4.shu.ac.uk/research/cresr/sites/shu.ac.uk/files/eval-filt-warm-homes.pdf
Beatty, C., Fothergill, S., & Wilson, I. (2011). England’s Smaller Seaside Towns: A benchmarking study. Sheffield Hallam University. http://www.shu.ac.uk/research/cresr/sites/shu.ac.uk/files/englands-smaller-seaside-towns.pdf
Beatty, C., Fothergill, S., Gore, A., & Wilson, I. (2010). The Seaside Tourist Industry in England and Wales. Sheffield Hallam University. http://www.shu.ac.uk/research/cresr/sites/shu.ac.uk/files/seaside-tourist-industry-england-wales.pdf
Beatty, C., Fothergill, S., & Wilson, I. (2009). Seaside Towns in Wales: A 'benchmarking' Study. Sheffield Hallam University. http://www.shu.ac.uk/research/cresr/sites/shu.ac.uk/files/seaside-towns-wales.pdf
Theses / Dissertations
Baxendale, J.K. (2015). Understanding 'what works': Evidence based regional policy making in England. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Wells, P., & Wilson, I.
Ian is an economist and a research fellow in the Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research (CRESR). He has extensive research experience on urban and regional issues, wellbeing, the measurement and assessment of impact and the valuation of outcomes. Ian has worked on research and evaluation projects sponsored by a range of commissioning bodies, including government departments, voluntary organisations and Regional Development Agencies.