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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 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).


  • 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.


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


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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