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Tom Archer

Dr Tom Archer

Research Fellow


Tom is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Regional, Economic and Social Research within Sheffield Hallam. He is a member of the Housing Team, working on both qualitative and quantitative research projects.

  • About

    Tom has 15 years of experience in a variety of research and policy roles in housing and regeneration. In the recent past, he managed a European street homelessness initiative, and managed action research projects for central government.

    He has worked as a researcher in a large housing association and local authority housing departments.  During this time Tom managed large-scale resident surveys, and conducted significant focus group facilitation, semi-structured interviewing and action learning projects.

    Tom's PhD focused on the development of community-led housing in England, as a response to the current housing supply crisis. His recent academic work has centred on trends in profit-making and housing output by the largest UK housebuilders.

    Specialist areas of interest

    • Community-led housing
    • Housing demand/low demand
    • Homelessness
    • The UK housebuilding industry
    • Community development
    • Social mechanisms theory
    • Social movement theory
    • Case study research

    PhD supervision

    Tom would welcome discussion on supervising students around any of the following areas

    • Community-led approaches to housing and regeneration
    • Alternative forms of property ownership
    • Collectivism and social movements
    • Housebuilding and housing supply
    • Financialisation
    • Comparative housing studies
  • Research

    2017 Older people's housing, care and support needs in Greater Cambridge, South Cambridgeshire District Council. Role: member of research team.

    2017-2018 Scaling-up Social Lettings: Scope, Impact and barriers, Joseph Rowntree Foundation. Role: Member of research team.

    2017-2018 A review of the Urban CLT project, The National Community Land Trust Network. Role: SHU lead.

  • Publications

    A list of publications is available from the institutional repository, SHURA

    ARCHER, T and COLE, I. (2016). Profit Before Volume? Major housebuilders and the crisis of supply. Sheffield, Sheffield Hallam University

    BENNETT, E., LANGMEAD, K. and ARCHER, T. (2015) Editorial: Special issue - Austere relations: The changing relationship between the Third Sector, the State and the Market in an era of austerity. People, Place and Policy, 9(2), pp. 100-102

    ARCHER, T. and COLE, I. (2014) Still not plannable? Housing supply and the changing structure of the housebuilding industry in the UK in 'austere' times. People, Place and Policy, 8(2), pp. 97-112

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