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Professor Paul G A Hickman BSc (Hons); MPhil. cantab; PhD.

Departmental Research Lead for the Department of Psychology, Sociology and Politics; Co-Director of the Sheffield Institute for Policy Studies


Summary

Paul is Professor of Housing and Social Policy within the Department of Psychology, Sociology and Politics (PSP). Paul has expertise in: tenant participation in the social and private rented sectors; tenancy sustainment in social housing; the impact of welfare reforms, including Universal Credit, on both landlords and tenants; Housing Benefit; and, 'resilience' to economic hardship. Paul has led studies for a range of funders including: the Joseph Rowntree Foundation; the Department for Work and Pensions; the Office for the First Minister and Deputy Minister; the Northern Ireland Housing Executive; Wakefield and District Housing; and, Stoke-on-Trent City Council. Paul is a Co-Investigator of the ESRC/ AHRC/ Joseph Rowntree Foundation funded, the Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence (‘CaCHE’). Paul is the Departmental Research Lead for PSP and Co-Director of the Sheffield Institute for Policy Studies.

 

About

Paul is Professor of Housing and Social Policy within the Department of Psychology, Sociology and Politics (PSP), where he moved to from the Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research (CRESR) in 2015. He has conducted research on a range of subjects including: tenant participation in the social and private rented sectors; tenancy sustainment in social housing; the impact of welfare reforms, including Universal Credit, on both landlords and tenants; Housing Benefit; housing improvement and regeneration; residential (im)mobility; housing policy and practice in France; 'resilience' to economic hardship; and, social interaction in ‘third places’.

Paul has managed major research projects for a number of funders including: the Joseph Rowntree Foundation; the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government;  the Department for Work and Pensions; the Office for the First Minister and Deputy First Minister; the Northern Ireland Housing Executive; Leeds City Council; Carlisle City Council; Stoke-on-Trent City Council; Wakefield and District Housing; Hyde Housing Group; Gateway Housing Market Renewal Pathfinder; Bridging Newcastle/Gateshead Housing Market Renewal Pathfinder; the West Yorkshire Housing Partnership; the British Council; the British Academy; and the French Government Ministries, Plan Urbanisme Construction Architecture and Délégation Interministérielle à La Ville. Paul is a Co-investigator in the ESRC/ AHRC/ Joseph Rowntree Foundation funded Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence (‘CaCHE’), and has published reports on tenant participation and the impact on welfare reforms on housing associations as part of his work for CaCHE (see Publications).

Paul is the author of more than 20 academic outputs and 60 research reports. He was Chair of the learned society, the Housing Studies Association, for four years. Paul is the Departmental Lead for Research in PSP. He is also the Co-Director of the Sheffield Institute for Policy Studies.

 

Teaching

Department of Psychology, Sociology and Politics

Social Sciences and Arts

Paul contributes to teaching in the disciplines of Sociology & Politics.

Research

Understanding Approaches to Tenant Participation in the Private Rented Sector in Northern Ireland. The study, which was commissioned by the Department for Communities (part of the Northern Ireland Executive), is being undertaken as part of the programme of work of the UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence. Paul has expertise in a number of areas including:

• Tenant participation in the social and private rented sectors
• Tenancy sustainment in social housing
• Social housing tenants’ rent payment behaviour
• The impact of welfare reforms, including Universal Credit
• Housing Benefit
• Housing improvement and regeneration
• Residential mobility and immobility
• Housing policy and practice in France
• Individual 'resilience' to economic hardship
• Social interaction (in ‘third places’)

 
 

Link 1: Understanding Approaches to Tenant Participation in the Private Rented Sector in Northern Ireland

Link 2: Understanding social housing landlords’ approaches to tenant participation

Link 3: The impact of welfare reforms on housing associations

Paul is a Co-Investigator in the UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence.

 

Publications

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

Hickman, P. (2013). "Third places" and social interaction in deprived neighbourhoods in Great Britain. Journal of Housing and the Built Environment, 28 (2), 221-236. http://doi.org/10.1007/s10901-012-9306-5

Hickman, P. (2013). Getting on their bikes? The labour market as a driver of the residential mobility decisions of residents in deprived neighbourhoods. Journal of Urban Regeneration and Renewal, 6 (3), 293-308. http://henrystewart.metapress.com/app/home/contribution.asp?referrer=parent&backto=issue,9,11;journal,2,24;linkingpublicationresults,1:120775,1

Hall, S., & Hickman, P. (2011). Resident participation in housing regeneration in France. Housing Studies, 26 (6), 827-843. http://doi.org/10.1080/02673037.2011.593127

Goodchild, B., Jeannot, G., & Hickman, P. (2010). Professions, occupational roles and skills in urban policy : a reworking of the debates in England and France. Urban Studies, 47 (12), 2555-2572. http://doi.org/10.1177/0042098009359954

Jeannot, G., Goodchild, B., & Hickman, P. (2008). Les nouveaux métiers de la ville : Pouvoirs publics et recherche urbaine = New professions in urban planning: Public authorities and urban research. Annales de la recherche urbaine, 104, 100-109.

Hickman, P. (2006). Approaches to tenant participation in the English local authority sector. Housing studies, 21 (2), 209-225. http://doi.org/10.1080/02673030500484802

Hickman, P.G., & Robinson, D. (2006). Transforming social housing: Taking stock of new complexities. Housing Studies, 21 (2), 157-170. http://doi.org/10.1080/02673030500484786

Goodchild, B., & Hickman, P. (2006). Towards a regional strategy for the North of England? An assessment of 'The Northern Way'. Regional Studies, 40 (1), 121-133. http://doi.org/10.1080/00343400500450125

Ewald, G., Hickman, J.B., Hickman, P., & Myers, F. (2005). Physics first: The right-side-up science sequence. Physics Teacher, 43 (5), 319-320. http://doi.org/10.1119/1.1903844

Hall, S., & Hickman, P. (2005). Responding to unpopular social housing in Vaulz en Velin, Greater Lyon: an English perspective. European journal of housing policy, 5 (1), 19-39. http://doi.org/10.1080/14616710500055646

Hickman, P., & Manning, J. (2004). Community involvement in neighbourhood regeneration: who participates? Voluntary action: the journal for the institute of voluntary research, 7 (1), 43-59. http://voluntaryaction.ivr.org.uk/articles/19.html

Reid, B., & Hickman, P. (2002). Are housing organisations learning organisations? Some lessons from the management of tenant participation. Housing studies, 17 (6), 895-918. http://doi.org/10.1080/02673030215998

Goodchild, B.J., Hickman, P.G., & Robinson, D. (2002). Unpopular housing in England in conditions of low demand: coping with a diversity of problems and policy measures. Town planning review, 73 (4), 373-393. http://doi.org/10.3828/tpr.73.4.1

Hall, S., & Hickman, P. (2002). Neighbourhood renewal and urban policy: A comparison of new approaches in England and France. Regional Studies, 36 (6), 691-696. http://doi.org/10.1080/00343400220146821

Reports

Hickman, P., & Joe, F. (2021). Understanding Approaches to Tenant Participation in the Private Rented Sector in Northern Ireland: A Scoping Report. UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence. https://housingevidence.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/Understanding-Approaches-to-Tenant-Participation-in-the-Private-Rented-Sector-in-Northern-Ireland-v4.pdf

Hickman, P., & Jenny, P. (2019). Understanding social housing landlords’ approaches to tenant participation: a scoping study. UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence. https://housingevidence.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Hickman_Preece_TP_Report_v3.pdf

Hickman, P., Pattison, B., & Preece, J. (2018). The impact of welfare reforms on housing associations: a scoping study. UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence. https://www.shu.ac.uk/centre-regional-economic-social-research/publications/the-impact-of-welfare-reforms-on-housing-associations

Ambrose, A., Batty, E., Eadson, W., Hickman, P., & Quinn, G. (2016). Assessment of the need for furniture provision for new NIHE tenants. Sheffield: Sheffield Hallam University. https://www.shu.ac.uk/centre-regional-economic-social-research/publications/assessment-of-the-need-for-furniture-provision-for-new-nihe-tenants

Ambrose, A., Eadson, W., Hickman, P., & Mccarthy, L. (2015). Tenancy sustainment amongst those aged under 35 : final report. Sheffield: Sheffield Hallam University. https://www.shu.ac.uk/centre-regional-economic-social-research/publications/tenancy-sustainment-amongst-those-aged-under-35-final-report

Ambrose, A., Eadson, W., Hickman, P., & Mccarthy, L. (2015). Tenancy sustainment amongst those aged under 35: executive summary. Sheffield Hallam University, Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research. https://www.shu.ac.uk/centre-regional-economic-social-research/publications/tenancy-sustainment-amongst-those-aged-under-35-executive-summary

Dayson, C., Hickman, P., Ambrose, A., Batty, E., Bennett, E., & Muir, J. (2015). Understanding the economic contribution of the social economy at a neighbourhood level: Final Report. Sheffield Hallam University, Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research. https://www.shu.ac.uk/centre-regional-economic-social-research/publications/understanding-the-economic-contribution-of-the-social-economy-at-a-neighbourhood-level-final-report

Hickman, P., Dayson, C., Ambrose, A., Batty, E., Bennett, E., Flint, J., ... Muir, J. (2015). Summary of key findings. Sheffield Hallam University, Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research. https://www.shu.ac.uk/centre-regional-economic-social-research/publications/summary-of-key-findings

Hickman, P., Dayson, C., Batty, E., & Muir, J. (2015). Understanding higher levels of volunteering: the case of Short Strand and Sion Mills. Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research, Sheffield Hallam University. http://www.shu.ac.uk/research/cresr/sites/shu.ac.uk/files/ofmdfm-second-thematic-report.pdf

Hickman, P., Batty, E., Dayson, C., Flint, J., Foden, M., Muir, J., ... Green, S. (2015). 'Getting By', Coping and Resilience in Difficult Times: Final Report. Sheffield Hallam University, Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research. https://www.shu.ac.uk/centre-regional-economic-social-research/publications/getting-by-coping-and-resilience-in-difficult-times-final-report

Hickman, P., Reeve, K., Kemp, P., Wilson, I., Green, S., & Dayson, C. (2014). Direct Payment Demonstration Projects: 18 month stage reports. Department for Work and Pensions. https://www.shu.ac.uk/centre-regional-economic-social-research/publications/direct-payment-demonstration-projects-18-month-stage-reports

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. https://www.shu.ac.uk/centre-regional-economic-social-research/publications/direct-payment-demonstration-projects-key-findings-of-the-18-months-rent-account-analysis-exercise

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. https://www.shu.ac.uk/centre-regional-economic-social-research/publications/direct-payment-demonstration-projects-key-findings-of-the-programme-evaluation

Hickman, P., Reeve, K., Wilson, I., Green, S., & Kemp, P. (2014). Direct Payment Demonstration Projects: Rent underpayment. Department for Work and Pensions. https://www.shu.ac.uk/centre-regional-economic-social-research/publications/direct-payment-demonstration-projects-rent-underpayment

Reeve, K., Wilson, I., Hickman, P., & Dayson, C. (2014). Direct Payment Demonstration Projects: Key findings of the 12-months’ Rent Account Analysis exercise. Department for Work and Pensions. https://www.shu.ac.uk/centre-regional-economic-social-research/publications/direct-payment-demonstration-projects-key-findings-of-the-12-months-rent-account-analysis-exercise

Hickman, P., Reeve, K., & Green, S. (2014). Direct Payment Demonstration Projects: 12 months in extended learning report. Department for Work and Pensions. https://www.shu.ac.uk/centre-regional-economic-social-research/publications/direct-payment-demonstration-projects-12-months-in-extended-learning-report

Hickman, P., Reeve, K., Wilson, I., Green, S., Dayson, C., & Kemp, P. (2014). Direct Payment Demonstration Projects: 12 month stage reports. Department for Work and Pensions. http://www.shu.ac.uk/research/cresr/sites/shu.ac.uk/files/dwp-research-summary-dpdp-12-month-stage-reports.pdf

Hickman, P., Batty, E., Dayson, C., & Muir, J. (2014). 'Getting-by', coping and resilience in difficult times: initial findings - summary. Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research, Sheffield Hallam University. https://www.shu.ac.uk/centre-regional-economic-social-research/publications/getting-by-coping-and-resilience-in-difficult-times-initial-findings---summary

Hickman, P., Batty, E., Dayson, C., & Muir, J. (2014). 'Getting-by', coping and resilience in difficult times: initial findings. Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research, Sheffield Hallam University. https://www.shu.ac.uk/centre-regional-economic-social-research/publications/getting-by-coping-and-resilience-in-difficult-times-initial-findings

Hickman, P., Flint, J.F., Muir, J., & Dayson, C. (2013). Recession, resilience and rebalancing social economies in Northern Ireland's neighbourhoods: findings from a baseline survey of residents. Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research, Sheffield Hallam University. https://www.shu.ac.uk/centre-regional-economic-social-research/publications/recession-resilience-and-rebalancing-social-economies-in-northern-irelands-neighbourhoods

Hickman, P., & Reeve, K. (2013). Direct Payments Demonstration Projects: Learning the lessons, six months in - Research Summary. Department for Work and Pensions. https://www.shu.ac.uk/centre-regional-economic-social-research/publications/direct-payments-demonstration-projects-learning-the-lessons-six-months-in---research-summary

Wells, P., Hickman, P., Dayson, C., Walshaw, A., Batty, E., Gore, T., ... O'Toole, C. (2012). Village SOS Project Evaluation. Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research, Sheffield Hallam University. https://www.shu.ac.uk/centre-regional-economic-social-research/publications/village-sos-project-evaluation

Hickman, P., Walshaw, A., Gore, T., Ferrari, E., & Wilson, I. (2011). “The Houses all Look Posh Now” - Evaluating the Impact of a Housing Improvement Programme: The Case of Portobello and Belle Vue. Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research, Sheffield Hallam University. https://www.shu.ac.uk/centre-regional-economic-social-research/publications/the-houses-all-look-posh-now---evaluating-the-impact-of-a-housing-improvement-programme

Hickman, P., Walshaw, A., Gore, A., Ferrari, E., & Wilson, I. (2011). “The Houses all Look Posh Now” - Evaluating the Impact of a Housing Improvement Programme: the Case of Portobello and Belle Vue - Key Findings and Policy Messages. Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research, Sheffield Hallam University. https://www.shu.ac.uk/centre-regional-economic-social-research/publications/the-houses-all-look-posh-now---key-findings-and-policy-messages

Green, S., & Hickman, P. (2010). Residents’ stories from six challenging neighbourhoods. Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research, Sheffield Hallam University. https://www.shu.ac.uk/centre-regional-economic-social-research/publications/residents-stories-from-six-challenging-neighbourhoods

Green, S., Hickman, P., Foden, M., & Powell, R. (2010). An Evaluation of the North Staffordshire Landlord Accreditation Scheme. Sheffield Hallam University, Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research. https://www.shu.ac.uk/centre-regional-economic-social-research/publications/an-evaluation-of-the-north-staffordshire-landlord-accreditation-scheme

Hickman, P., Sprigings, N., McCoulough, E., & Cole, I. (2008). The Private Rented Sector in West Yorkshire: Final Report. Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research, Sheffield Hallam University. https://www.shu.ac.uk/centre-regional-economic-social-research/publications/the-private-rented-sector-in-west-yorkshire-final-report

Green, S., Hickman, P., Hunter, C., & Whittle, S. (2007). Bridging NewcastleGateshead Private Landlord Survey. Sheffield Hallam University, Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research. https://www.shu.ac.uk/centre-regional-economic-social-research/publications/bridging-newcastlegateshead-private-landlord-survey

Hickman, P., Robinson, D., Casey, R., Green, S., & Powell, R. (2007). Understanding Housing Demand: Learning from rising markets in Yorkshire and the Humber. the Chartered Institute of Housing/Joseph Rowntree Foundation. https://www.shu.ac.uk/centre-regional-economic-social-research/publications/understanding-housing-demand-learning-from-rising-markets-in-yorkshire-and-the-humber

Theses / Dissertations

McHugh, R. (2018). Educating 'Gangsters': Social space, informal learning andbecoming 'Gang' involved. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Hickman, P. http://doi.org/10.7190/shu-thesis-00017

Preece, J. (2015). Residential mobility, work and belonging in low-income communities. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Hickman, P., & Crisp, R.

Bright, J.B. (2010). Liquid modernity as an analytical framework: a study of isolated northern towns. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Hickman, P., & Hall, S.

Hamm, P. (2009). Constructions of 'gendered agency' : Perspectives from a multi-ethnic Sure Start programme. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Flint, J.F., & Hickman, P.

Albanese, F.C. (2007). Decision-making in the Housing Association sector : the case of asset management. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Hickman, P., & Cole, I.

Ambrose, A. (n.d.). Using qualitative methods to understand non-technological aspects of domestic energy efficiency. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Hickman, P., Goodchild, B., & Macaskill, A.

Postgraduate supervision

Paul has supervised nine students to the successful completion of their doctoral studies and is currently supervising four students.

 

 

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