Dr Tom Archer BA (Hons), MSc, PhD
Senior Research Fellow
Tom Archer is a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research. Specialising in housing and community development, his work focuses on the affordability and supply of housing, and the collective ownership of physical assets. Tom has a background in policy and housing delivery, and his work aims to improve policymaking and the use of government and charitable funding. Tom’s recent work has centred on community-led housing, housing for older people, community ownership of assets and alternative housing tenures.
Tom has 20 years’ experience in research and policy roles concerning housing and community development. Over this time, he has worked on frontline housing issues within local authorities and housing associations, advised central government on a range of community-related policies, and led large-scale research projects in the housing field.
Tom's research is inter-disciplinary, focusing on issues of housing affordability, supply and alternative forms of provision and management. He has a keen interest in the role of community organisations in housing development. Tom’s recent research has explored how the housing needs of specific groups can be met, notably those on low incomes or in later life. Tom is active in the study of community owned assets, co-authoring influential policy research which has informed large government funding programmes. Tom is the Principal Investigator on several related studies, notably an evaluation of Power to Change’s Homes in Community Hands programme - a multi-million-pound investment scheme aimed at scaling-up community-led housing in five areas in England.
In his doctoral research Tom provided unique insights into the collective ownership of housing in England and Canada, exploring some of the causal processes which affect the development of these initiatives. His recent academic work has centred on the causal connections between collectivised forms of housing provision and their affordability. In addition, Tom has co-authored articles on the private housebuilding industry, revealing important trends in profit making and value extraction from within this sector.
Specialist areas of interest
- Housing affordability
- Housing supply
- Community-led housing
- The UK housebuilding industry
- Community development
- Social mechanisms theory
- Case study research
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
- Comparative housing studies
College of Social Sciences and Arts
- Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research
- Social and Economic Research Institute
2022-23 Exploring a more inclusive model of cohousing. Nuffield Foundation.
2022-23 The Affordability of Community Led Housing. The Nationwide Foundation.
2022-2023 The affordability of Community-led Housing, The Nationwide Foundation.
2019-2031 Social Impact Audit. Man GPM.
2019-2022 Homes in Community Hands Evaluation. Power to Change.
2021 The National Village Halls Survey. Action for Communities in Rural England.
2020 Research into the early construction messages emerging from the Innovative Housing Programme. Welsh Government.
2019-2021 Evaluation and Learning Partner. Nationwide Foundation.
2018-2019 An economic assessment of assets in community ownership. Power to Change.
2018-2019 Older People’s Housing, Care and Support Needs in South Cambridgeshire. Cambridgeshire County Council.
2018-19 The Future of the CLT Fund. CAF Venturesome.
2018-19 The Sheffield and Rotherham Strategic Housing Market Assessment. Sheffield City Council and Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council.
2018 Effective housing for people on low incomes in the Welsh Valleys. Joseph Rowntree Foundation.
2017-18 Housing, integration and segregation: A rapid literature review. Department for Communities and Local Government.
Archer, T., & Cole, I. (2021). The financialisation of housing production: exploring capital flows and value extraction among major housebuilders in the UK. Journal of Housing and the Built Environment, 36, 1367-1387. http://doi.org/10.1007/s10901-021-09822-3
Archer, T. (2020). The mechanics of housing collectivism: How forms and functions affect affordability. Housing Studies, 37 (3). http://doi.org/10.1080/02673037.2020.1803798
Bennett, E., Langmead, K., & Archer, T. (n.d.). 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 Online, 9 (2), 100-102. http://doi.org/10.3351/ppp.0009.0002.0001
Archer, T., & Cole, I. (n.d.). Still not plannable? Housing supply and the changing structure of the housebuilding industry in the UK in 'austere' times. People, Place and Policy Online, 8 (2), 97-112. http://doi.org/10.3351/ppp.0008.0002.0002
Archer, T., Catherine, H., & Stephen Hill, (2020). Messy is Good! Origins and Evolution of the CLT Movement in England. In On Common Ground International Perspectives on the Community Land Trust. (First). Terra Nostra Press
Archer, T., Arbell, Y., Moore, T., Mullins, D., & Rafalowicz-Campbell, M. (2022). Homes in community hands: year three evaluation report. Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research, Sheffield Hallam University. https://www.shu.ac.uk/centre-regional-economic-social-research/publications/homes-in-community-hands-year-three-evaluation-report
Moore, T., Archer, T., & Mullins, D. (2021). How to enable community-led housing - learning brief 1: enabling and catalysing community-led housing. Sheffield Hallam University, Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research. https://www.shu.ac.uk/centre-regional-economic-social-research/publications/how-to-enable-community-led-housing-learning-brief-1---enabling-and-catalysing
Archer, T., Moore, T., & Mullins, D. (2021). How to enable Community-Led Housing - Learning Brief 2: Building Positive Relationships with Hub Stakeholders. Sheffield Hallam University, Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research. https://www.shu.ac.uk/centre-regional-economic-social-research/publications/how-to-enable-community-led-housing-learning-brief-2---enabling-and-catalysing
Archer, T., & Mccarthy, L. (2021). Community-led housing and the speed of development: briefing note. Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research, Sheffield Hallam University. https://www.shu.ac.uk/centre-regional-economic-social-research/publications/community-led-housing-and-the-speed-of-development-briefing-note
Archer, T., Moore, T., Mullins, D., & Arbell, Y. (2021). Homes in Community Hands: Year Two evaluation report. Sheffield Hallam University, Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research. https://www4.shu.ac.uk/research/cresr/sites/shu.ac.uk/files/homes-in-community-hands-year2-eval-report.pdf
Archer, T., & Skropke, C. (2021). The Impact of Covid-19 on Village and Community Halls in England - Findings Report. Sheffield Hallam University, Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research. https://www4.shu.ac.uk/research/cresr/sites/shu.ac.uk/files/impact-of-covid-on-village-halls-final-report-2021.pdf
Ambrose, A., Archer, T., & Bimpson, E. (2020). Research to identify early lessons emerging from the Innovative Housing Programme: Summary. Welsh Government. https://www.shu.ac.uk/centre-regional-economic-social-research/publications/research-to-identify-early-lessons-emerging-from-the-innovative-housing-programme-summary
Ambrose, A., Archer, T., & Bimpson, E. (2020). Research to identify early lessons emerging from the Innovative Housing Programme. Welsh Government. https://www.shu.ac.uk/centre-regional-economic-social-research/publications/research-to-identify-early-lessons-emerging-from-the-innovative-housing-programme
Archer, T., Moore, T., & Mullins, D. (2020). Homes in Community Hands: Baseline Evaluation Report. Power to Change. https://www.shu.ac.uk/centre-regional-economic-social-research/publications/homes-in-community-hands-baseline-evaluation-report
Archer, T., Parkes, S., & Speake, B. (2020). The English Village and Community Hall Survey 2020. Sheffield: Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research, Sheffield Hallam University. https://www.shu.ac.uk/centre-regional-economic-social-research/publications/the-english-village-and-community-hall-survey-2020
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.shu.ac.uk/centre-regional-economic-social-research/publications/our-assets-our-future-the-economics-outcomes-and-sustainability-of-assets-in-community-ownership
Archer, T., Crisp, R., Ferrari, E., Green, S., Mccarthy, L., Moore, T., ... Sacranie, H. (2019). Scaling up social lettings? Scope, impact and barriers. Joseph Rowntree Foundation. https://www.shu.ac.uk/centre-regional-economic-social-research/publications/scaling-up-social-lettings-scope-impact-and-barriers
Archer, T., Green, S., & Fisher, C. (2019). Helping Communities Build: A review of the Community Land Trust Funds and lessons for future support. CAF Venturesome. https://www.shu.ac.uk/centre-regional-economic-social-research/publications/helping-communities-build-a-review-of-the-community-land-trust-funds-and-lessons-for-future-support
Moore, T., Mullins, D., He, B., Thompson, M., Claassen, C., & Archer, T. (2018). The Urban CLT Project Evaluation. The National Community Land Trust Network. https://www.shu.ac.uk/centre-regional-economic-social-research/publications/the-urban-clt-project-evaluation
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
Archer, T., & Stevens, M. (2018). Housing, integration and segregation: A rapid literature review. Sheffield: Sheffield Hallam University. https://www.shu.ac.uk/centre-regional-economic-social-research/publications/housing-integration-and-segregation-a-rapid-literature-review
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. https://www.shu.ac.uk/centre-regional-economic-social-research/publications/older-peoples-housing-care-and-support-needs-in-greater-cambridge-2017-2036
Archer, T., & Cole, I. (2016). Profits before Volume? Major housebuilders and the crisis of housing supply. Sheffield Hallam University, Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research. https://www.shu.ac.uk/centre-regional-economic-social-research/publications/profits-before-volume-major-housebuilders-and-the-crisis-of-housing-supply
Theses / Dissertations
Archer, T. (2016). Collective realism: exploring the development and outcomes of urban housing collectives. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Robinson, D.
Tom supervises PhDs on a broad range of housing and property related issues, including community-led approaches to housing and regeneration and community ownership of assets. He currently supervises Carina Skropke’s PhD entitled ‘Community ownership of physical assets in changing times’.
Tom is a researcher at the Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research (CRESR). He is a specialist in housing affordability, supply and collective ownership of assets. He is a respected author on UK housing issues and the community and voluntary sector.