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Dr Yael Arbell

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


Summary

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

 

 

About

I joined CRESR as a research associate and work with the Housing team and the Sustainable Futures cluster. Prior to joining I completed a PhD in Human Geography at the University of Leeds (2021), focusing on community-led housing in the UK based on a mixed-methods research and my experience in the sector. I specialize in qualitative methods and interested in a critical realist approach to research. My research interests are broad and include housing, diverse economies, community-led projects and social aspects of environmental issues (for example environmental justice, engagement in social change; class and racial dynamics in social movements; consumerism; veganism as a social practice).

Research

  • Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research

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, Public Health England. 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.

Publications

Journal articles

Arbell, Y. (2021). "A place that is different from the usual capitalist world”: the potential of community-led housing as safe and just spaces. Spatial Justice, 16. https://www.jssj.org/article/un-lieu-different-du-monde-capitaliste-habituel-le-potentiel-de-lhabitat-participatif-en-tant-que-safe-space-et-espace-de-justice-sociale/?lang=en

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. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.geoforum.2020.01.017

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

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

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: http://doi.org/10.1080/14616718.2016.1228247

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