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Yael Arbell

Dr Yael Arbell

Research Associate, Centre for Regional Economic & Social Research (CRESR)


Dr Yael Arbell is a Research Associate at the Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research. Yael is interested in housing, communities and sustainability. 




I am a Research Associate and work with the Housing and the Sustainable Futures clusters. I specialise in qualitative methods and interested in a critical realist approach to research. Prior to joining I completed a PhD in Human Geography at the University of Leeds (2021), focusing on community-led housing in the UK. My research interests are broad and include housing, diverse economies, racial justice, community-led projects, just transitions and other social aspects of sustainable projects.


  • Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research

2022-2023 BAME Community-led Housing: Barriers, Opportunities and Good Practice. Role: Project Manager.

2022-2023 Community Improvement Districts: learning and policy recommendations, Power to Change. Role: Member of research team.

2022-2023 BAME Community Led Housing, Leeds Community Homes. Role: Project Manager.

2022-2023 Housing 21: A new model for inclusive cohousing?, Nuffield Foundation. Role: Project Director.

2022 Affordability of Community Led Housing, Nationwide. Role: Member of research team.

2019-2023 Homes in Community Hands evaluation, Power to Change. Role: Member of research team.

2019-2022 Rough Sleeping Drug and Alcohol Treatment Grant (RSDATG) Evaluation, Office for Health Improvement and Disparities. Role: Member of research team.

2020-2021 Understanding and engaging with high consuming households: energy, transport, food, Sheffield Hallam University. Role: Member of research team.

2019-2021 Fulfilling Lives, NPC. Role: Member of research team.

2018-2023 Evaluation of Black Thrive, Healthwatch Lambeth. Role: Member of research team.


Arbell, Y., Middlemiss, L., & Chatterton, P. (2020). Contested subjectivities in a UK housing cooperative: old hippies and Thatcher’s children negotiating the commons. Geoforum, 110, 58-66.

Arbell, Y. (2017). Procedural liberalism in the service of ethnocracy and as a space for resistance: the case of Dahmash. Geography Research Forum, 36.

Conference papers

Hawkins, A., Ambrose, A., Parkes, S., Arbell, Y., Garcia, A.C., & Rafalowicz-Campbell, M. (2022). High consumers of energy and resources and the work of being wealthy: towards a research agenda. In ECEEE Summer Study 2022, Hyeres, France, 6 June 2022 - 11 June 2022. ECEEE:


Dobson, J., Arbell, Y., Swade, K., & Graham, K. (2023). Community improvement districts pilot programme: final report. Power to Change.

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.

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.

Theses / Dissertations

Arbell, Y. (2021). Commoners and commoning in neoliberal times: A critical realist study of English community-led housing. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Chatterton, P., & Middlemiss, L.

Other publications

Arbell, Y. (2016). A Review of "The re-emergence of cohousing in Europe", Edited by Lidewij Tummers. Informa UK Limited:

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