Our people

 Research StaffInterests
Nicholas Pleace 

Nicholas Pleace
Director
Professor of Social Policy

+44 (0)1904 321479
nicholas.pleace@york.ac.uk

  • Interdisciplinary research
  • Comparative research
  • Housing and social justice
  • Housing inequalities, health and wellbeing
  • Neighbourhood effects, social justice, health and wellbeing
  • Independent living and co-production of services for people with support needs
  • Housing exclusion, homelessness and social justice, health and wellbeing

Mark Bevan
Senior Research Fellow

+44 (0)1904 321489
mark.bevan@york.ac.uk

  • Housing in rural areas
  • Housing and older people
  • Park homes
  • Housing and biographical disruption
  • Niche housing markets and the meaning of home
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Joanne Bretherton
Research Fellow

+44 (0)1904 321478
joanne.bretherton@york.ac.uk

  • Homelessness and housing exclusion
  • Social enterprise service models
  • Service evaluation
  • Gender-based (domestic) violence
  • Negative area effects in relation to mixed communities
  • International comparisons with a particular interest in the Asia Pacific region and Japanese social and housing policy
Fiorella Ciapessoni

Fiorella Ciapessoni 
PhD student

+44 (0)1904 321472
fc743@york.ac.uk

  • Homelessness
  • Housing exclusion
  • Urban poverty
  • Crime
  • Reentry policies
Karen Croucher 

Karen Croucher
Research Fellow

+44 (0)1904 321473
karen.croucher@york.ac.uk 

  • Housing and later life
  • Lifetime neighbourhoods
  • Extra care housing and retirement communities
  • End of life care
Deborah Quilgars 

Deborah Quilgars
Senior Research Fellow

+44 (0)1904 321482
deborah.quilgars@york.ac.uk

  • Housing, risk and safety nets, homelessness and support services
  • Young people
  • European perspectives
David Rhodes 

David Rhodes
Research Fellow

+44 (0)1904 321483
david.rhodes@york.ac.uk

  • Private rented housing
  • Housing markets
  • Homelessness
  • Housing benefits
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Julie Rugg
Senior Research Fellow

+44 (0)1904 321484
julie.rugg@york.ac.uk

  • Private renting
  • Housing benefit
  • The contribution of the voluntary sector to the alleviation of homelessness
  • Cemeteries research
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Roy Sainsbury
Professor of Social Policy

+44 (0)1904 321975           
roy.sainsbury@york.ac.uk

  • Housing and welfare reform
  • Housing benefit and universal credit
  • Housing and work
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Alison Wallace
Research Fellow

+44 (0)1904 321487
alison.wallace@york.ac.uk

  • Sustainable homeownership
  • Low cost homeownership
  • Housing markets
  • Buy-to-let
  • Cultural-economy
  • Systematic review methodology

 Administrative staffResponsibilities

Teresa Frank 
Research Support Administrator
Part time (Monday to Thursday)

+44 (0)1904 321289
teresa.frank@york.ac.uk

  • Administrative support to a number of research projects across the Department of Social Policy & Social Work
  • Range of administrative duties which help support the day to day running of the Centre
Nicola Moody ‌

Nicola Moody
Research Facilitator
Part time (Monday to Thursday)

+44 (0)1904 321476
nicola.moody@york.ac.uk

  • Budget preparation for research projects
  • Project financial management
  • Budget forecasting
  • Centre's first aider
PA to Director, support staff 

Sally Pulleyn 
Research Support Manager

+44 (0)1904 321951
sally.pulleyn@york.ac.uk

  • Supporting the Director
  • Personnel work
  • Recruitment and induction
  • Maintenance of accommodation and facilities
  • Health and safety
  • Managing a team of staff to ensure research activities are supported efficiently and effectively

Dawn Rowley-White 
Research Support Administrator

+44 (0)1904 321480
dawn.rowley-white@york.ac.uk

  • Administrative support to a number of research projects across the Department of Social Policy & Social Work
  • Range of administrative duties which help support the day to day running of the Centre
  • Administrative support to the Cemeteries Colloquium
 

Jane Wilson
Research Support Assistant

+44 (0)1904 321987
jane.wilson@york.ac.uk 

  • Administrative support to the Research Facilitator and Finance Officer
  • Management and maintenance of databases
  • Monitoring of research project budgets
  • Production of research related documentation

 

Honorary staff Interests

Janet Ford

Emeritus Professor 

janet.ford@york.ac.uk

  • Problematic aspects of owner occupation
  • Mortgage arrears and possessions
  • Changing relationship between the housing and labour
    markets   
  • Risk

Rebecca Tunstall 

Emeritus Professor

becky.tunstall@york.ac.uk

  • Social housing
  • Neighbourhoods
  • Inequality