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.
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
- The UK housebuilding industry
- Community development
- Social mechanisms theory
- Social movement 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
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.
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. (21). Power to Change. https://www.powertochange.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Assets-Report-DIGITAL-1.pdf
Green, S., Archer, T., Crisp, R., Ferrari, E., Mccarthy, L., Moore, T., ... Sacranie, H. (2019). Scaling up social lettings? Scope, impact and barriers. Joseph Rowntree Foundation.
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.cafonline.org/docs/default-source/charity-finance-and-fundraising/2540aclt-report-090119.pdf?sfvrsn=bbd89540_4
Archer, T., Wilson, I., & Green, S. (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. http://www4.shu.ac.uk/research/cresr/sites/shu.ac.uk/files/housing-integration-segregation-rapid-lit-review.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
Theses / Dissertations
Archer, T. (2016). Collective realism: exploring the development and outcomes of urban housing collectives. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Robinson, D.