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Dr Tom Archer BA (Hons), MSc, PhD

Research Fellow


Summary

Tom Archer is a 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 role of the third sector in this provision. 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.

About

Tom has nearly 20 years’ experience in research and policy roles concerning housing and community development. He has worked on frontline housing issues within local authorities and housing associations, as well as advising central government on a range of community-related policies. In his previous role at World Habitat, Tom initiated and led the The European End Street Homelessness Campaign. Tom's research is inter-disciplinary, focusing on the nexus between housing, the third sector and government policymaking. His doctoral research focused on models for collective ownership of housing in England and Canada, exploring some of the causal processes which affect the development of these initiatives. More recently, Tom’s research has focused on the supply of housing – particularly for low income groups – as well as models of housing and support for older people. Tom is active in the study of community owned assets, co-authoring influential research on this and contributing to government committees on the subject. Tom is the Principal Investigator on a number of related studies, notably an evaluation of Power to Change’s Homes in Community Hands funding - a multi-million pound investment programme aimed at scaling-up community-led housing in five areas in England. Tom’s 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

  • 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

Teaching

Social Sciences and Arts

Publications

Journal articles

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. 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

Book chapters

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

Reports

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

Archer, T., Parkes, S., & Speake, B. (2020). The English Village and Community Hall Survey 2020. Action for Communities in Rural England. https://acre.org.uk/cms/resources/village-hall-survey-report-2020-final-digital-edition.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., 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.

Postgraduate supervision

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’.

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