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Doctor Tony Manzi FCIH

Principal Lecturer


I am Head of Geography, Environment and Planning. My research interests are in urban governance, the politics of planning and housing and community engagement.


Tony Manzi is Head of Geography, Environment and Planning, He was previously Reader in Housing and course leader for the MA Housing Practice at the University of Westminster. His main research interests are in applying social theory to understand the politics of planning, urban governance and community involvement. Tony completed his PhD - on managing change in the housing association sector - in 2006 at University College London. His recent publications include work on the financialisation of housing, community engagement, professionalism in housing practice and localism. He has previously worked for the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham and Notting Hill Housing Trust.

Principal Lecturer


Department of the Natural and Built Environment

Social Sciences and Arts

I am currently working on a study of social responsibility amongst social landlords.

Geography, Environment and Planning


I am currently working on a study of social responsibility amongst social landlords.


Manzi, T., & Richardson, J. (2016). Rethinking professional practice: the logic of competition and the crisis of identity in housing practice. Housing Studies, 32 (2), 209-224.

Jacobs, K., & Manzi, T. (2016). ‘The party’s over’: critical junctures, crises and the politics of housing policy. Housing Studies, 32 (1), 17-34.

Manzi, T. (2016). S. Bagaeen and O. Uduku: Beyond gated communities: Routledge, New York, 2015, 246 pp., ISSN:978-0-425-74824-7. Journal of Housing and the Built Environment, 32 (1), 1-3.

Manzi, T. (2014). The Big Society and the Conjunction of Crises: Justifying Welfare Reform and Undermining Social Housing. Housing, Theory and Society, 32 (1), 9-24.

Jacobs, K., & Manzi, T. (2013). Investigating the New Landscapes of Welfare: Housing Policy, Politics and the Emerging Research Agenda. Housing, Theory and Society, 31 (2), 213-227.

Jacobs, K., & Manzi, T. (2013). New Localism, Old Retrenchment: The “Big Society”, Housing Policy and the Politics of Welfare Reform. Housing, Theory and Society, 30 (1), 29-45.

Harvie, P., & Manzi, T. (2011). Interpreting Multi-Agency Partnerships: Ideology, Discourse and Domestic Violence. Social & Legal Studies, 20 (1), 79-95.

Manzi, T. (2010). Promoting Responsibility, Shaping Behaviour: Housing Management, Mixed Communities and the Construction of Citizenship. Housing Studies, 25 (1), 5-19.

Manzi, T. (2007). Cultural Theory and the Dynamics of Organizational Change: The Response of Housing Associations in London to theHousing Act 1988. Housing, Theory and Society, 24 (4), 251-271.

Manzi, T. (2005). Fact and Fiction in Housing Research: Utilizing the Creative Imagination. Housing, Theory and Society, 22 (3), 113-128.

Manzi, T., & Smith-Bowers, B. (2005). Gated Communities as Club Goods: Segregation or Social Cohesion? Housing Studies, 20 (2), 345-359.

Manzi, T., & Smith Bowers, B. (2004). So many managers, so little vision: registered social landlords and consortium schemes in the UK. European Journal of Housing Policy, 4 (1), 57-75.

Jacobs, K., Kemeny, J., & Manzi, T. (2003). Privileged or exploited council tenants? The discursive change in Conservative housing policy from 1972 to 1980. Policy & Politics, 31 (3), 307-320.

JACOBS, K., KEMENY, J.I.M., & MANZI, T. (2003). Power, Discursive Space and Institutional Practices in the Construction of Housing Problems. Housing Studies, 18 (4), 429-446.

Manzi, T. (2002). Constructionism, Realism and Housing Theory. Housing, Theory and Society, 19 (3-4), 144-145.

Jacobs, K., & Manzi, T. (2000). Evaluating the Social Constructionist Paradigm in Housing Research. Housing, Theory and Society, 17 (1), 35-42.

Jacobs, K., & Manzi, T. (2000). Performance indicators and social constructivism: conflict and control in housing management. Critical Social Policy, 20 (1), 85-103.

Haworth, A., & Manzi, T. (1999). Managing the 'Underclass': Interpreting the Moral Discourse of Housing Management. Urban Studies, 36 (1), 153-165.

Jacobs, K., & Manzi, T. (1998). Urban renewal and the culture of conservatism: changing perceptions of the tower block and implications for contemporary renewal initiatives. Critical Social Policy, 18 (55), 157-174.

Jacobs, K., & Manzi, T. (1996). Discourse and policy change: The significance of language for housing research. Housing Studies, 11 (4), 543-560.

Book chapters

Manzi, T., & Smith-Bowers, B. (2016). Partnership, Servitude or Expert Scholarship? The Academic Labour Process in Contract Housing Research. In The Knowledge Business. (pp. 133-148). Routledge:

Manzi, T. (2012). Discourse Analysis. In International Encyclopedia of Housing and Home. (pp. 354-358). Elsevier:

Manzi, T., Lucas, K., Lloyd-Jones, T., & Allen, J. (2010). Understanding social sustainability: Key concepts and developments in theory and practice. In Social Sustainability in Urban Areas: Communities, Connectivity and the Urban Fabric. (pp. 1-28).

(n.d.). Social Sustainability in Urban Areas. Routledge:

(n.d.). Regenerating London. Routledge:

Manzi, T., & Jacobs, K. (n.d.). Chapter 2 Understanding institutions, actors and networks: Advancing constructionist methods in urban policy research. In Studies in Qualitative Methodology. (pp. 29-50). Emerald (MCB UP ):


Manzi, T., Lucas, K., Lloyd-Jones, T., & Allen, J. (2010). Social sustainability in urban areas: Communities, connectivity and the urban fabric.

Other activities

External examiner - MSc Housing Studies, University of Glasgow

Postgraduate supervision

Melanie Lindsley - 'The role of statutory consultees in the planning process'

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