Dr Mark Bevan



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Senior Research Fellow

  • BA (First Class Hons)
  • PhD, Keele

Mark Bevan, who began his career at the Centre for Housing Policy, re-joined the Centre after a successful period working in housing research at the University of Newcastle and served as Acting Director for most of 2011.

Mark has maintained a keen interest in housing issues in rural areas throughout his career, including work on the private rented sector, the role of social housing, the housing and support needs of older people, the impact of second and holiday homes on rural communities and rural homelessness. He has also worked on a number of projects on a range of issues in relation to housing and neighbourhoods in later life, including the meaning of home for people in niche housing markets.



Research interests

  • housing in rural areas
  • housing and older people
  • park homes
  • housing and biographical disruption
  • niche housing markets and the meaning of home


  • Co-Motion: Mobility and well-being in later life
  • Policy pathways to justice in energy efficiency
  • The housing and support needs of veterans who are homeless or at risk of homelessness in Great Britain


Selected publications

Jones, A., Quilgars, D., O'Malley, L., Rhodes, D., Bevan, M. and Pleace, N. (2014) Meeting the housing and support needs of single veterans in Great Britain, York: University of York. ‌Veterans full report (PDF , 3,560kb)  and Veterans executive summary (PDF , 1,488kb)

Snell, C., Bevan, M. and Thomson, H. (2014) Fuel poverty and disabled people: the impact of policy change, eaga CT. Fuel poverty summary (PDF , 175kb)Fuel poverty report (PDF , 791kb) , Fuel poverty annex A (PDF , 716kb) , Fuel poverty annex B (PDF , 1,164kb) ‌

Padley, M., Bevan, M., Hirsch, D. and Tunstall, R. (2013) Minimum acceptable place standards, York: Joseph Rowntree Foundation. Minimum acceptable place standards report (PDF , 1,454kb)

Tunstall, R., Bevan, M., Bradshaw, J., Croucher, K., Duffy, S., Hunter, C., Jones, A., Rugg, J.,  Wallace, A.,  Wilcox, S (2013) The Links Between Housing and Poverty, York: Joseph Rowntree Foundation. Findings (PDF , 226kb) Housing and Poverty Full Report (PDF , 1,548kb)

Croucher, K. and Bevan, M (2012) 'Promoting supportive relationships in housing with care', York: Joseph Rowntree Foundation. Promoting supportive relationships report (PDF , 462kb)

Bevan, M. (2012) ' Meanings of Home for Moveable Habitats', in  Smith, S.J (Ed.) The International Encyclopaedia of Housing and Home, pp 240-245, London: Elsevier.

Quilgars, D., Jones, A., Bevan, M., Bowles, R. and Pleace, N. (2012) Supporting short-term prisoners leaving HMP Leeds: Evaluation of the Shelter Prisoners Advocacy Release Team, York: Centre for Housing Policy, University of York Report (PDF , 1,898kb)

Bevan, M. and Croucher, K. (2011) Lifetime Neighbourhoods, London: DCLG.Report (PDF , 533kb)

Bevan, M. (2011) 'Living in non-permanent accommodation in England: liminal experiences of home', Housing Studies, 26,4, 541-554.

Jones, A, Bevan, M & Quilgars, D (2011) 'Cautiously optimistic? UK households' perceptions of old age, retirement and the role of housing equity'', Teorija in Praksa, vol 47, no. 5, pp. 934-1010.

Satsangi, M., Gallent, N. and Bevan, M. (2010) The Rural Housing Question. Communities and Planning in Britain's Countrysides, Bristol: The Policy Press.

Bevan, M. (2010) 'Retirement lifestyles in a niche housing market: park-home living in England,', Ageing and Society, vol. 30, issue 2010, pp965-985.

Rhodes, D. and Bevan, M. (2010) Private Landlords and the Local Housing Allowance System of Housing Benefit, London: Department of Work and Pensions. Report (PDF , 433kb)

Croucher, K. and Bevan, M. (2010) Telling the Story of Hartfields: A New Retirement Village for the 21st Century, York: Joseph Rowntree Foundation. Report (PDF , 3,138kb)

Bevan, M. (2009) Planning for an ageing population in rural areas: The place of housing design, Planning Practice and Research, 24, 2, pp 233-250.

Bevan, M. (2009) Review of Rural Housing Enablers, Edinburgh: Scottish Government

Bevan, M. (2009) Park Home Living in England: Prospects and Policy Implications, York: Centre for Housing Policy

Bevan, M. (2008) 'From the outside looking in' presentation to the National Park Homes Council Annual Conference, November.

Bevan, M. (2007) Residential Mobile Homes in Scotland, Edinburgh: Scottish Government.

Bevan, M. and Croucher, K. (2006) 'Delivering services for older people in rural areas', in P.Lowe and L.Speakman (eds) The Ageing Countryside: The Growing Older Population of Rural England, London: Age Concern.

Bevan, M. and Rugg, J. (2006) Exploring Homelessness Support Services in Rural and Remote Rural Areas: Exploring Models for Providing More Effective Local Support, Edinburgh: Communities Scotland.

Bevan, M., Croucher, K., Riseborough, M. and Fletcher, P. (2006) The Housing and Support Needs of Older People in the Countryside, London: The Countryside Agency.

Wallace, A., Croucher, K., Bevan, M., Jackson, K., O'Malley, L. and Quilgars, D. (2006) 'Evidence for policy making: some reflections on the application of systematic reviewing to housing research', Housing Studies, vol. 21, issue 2, pp297-314.

Bevan, M. and Rhodes, D. (2005) The Impact of Second and Holiday Homes in Rural Scotland. Edinburgh: Communities Scotland (Research report 58).

Fitzpatrick S., Pleace N. and Bevan M. (2005) Final Evaluation of the Rough Sleepers Initiative, Edinburgh: Scottish Executive.

Wallace A., Bevan M., Croucher K., Jackson K., O'Malley L. and Orton V. (2005) The Impact of Empty, Second and Holiday Homes on the Sustainability of Rural Communities: A Systematic Literature Review, York: Centre for Housing Policy, University of York Empty, second and holiday homes (PDF , 1,162kb)

Bevan M. and Rhodes D. (2004) Rural Housing in the Yorkshire and Humber Region, London: Housing Corporation.

Bevan M. (2003) Communities and DIY Democracy: New parish and town councils in urban areas, Local Work, 53.

Bevan M. (2003) New Parish and Town Councils in Urban Areas, York: York Publishing Services.

Rhodes D. and Bevan M. (2003) Private Landlords and Buy to Let, York: Centre for Housing Policy, University of York.

Rugg, J. and Bevan, M. (2002) An Evaluation of the Tenancy Deposit Scheme ODPM: London.

Bevan, M. (2002) Housing Disabled Children and their Families: The Art of the Possible Bristol: Policy Press

Bevan, M.; Cameron, S.; Coombes, M.; Merridew, T. and Raybould, S. (2001) The Role of Social Housing in Rural Areas Coventry: CIH

Bevan, M. (2000) Social housing in the future: a rural perspective London: Institute for Public Policy Research

Bevan, M. and Gilroy, R. (2000) Industrial Renaissance and Community Benefit: The story of York regeneration partnership York: York Publishing Services

Bevan, M. (2000) 'Country Strife' Inside Housing 7/7/00.

Bevan, M. and Cameron, S. (1999) Final Evaluation of North Tyneside City Challenge.

Bevan, M., Gilroy. R., Cowan, D. and Pantazis, C. (1999) Housing sex offenders: An Examination of current practice Coventry: Chartered Institute of Housing.

Bevan, M. and Madanipour A. (1999) Walker: a neighbourhood in transition CREUE Research Paper, No.2.

Bevan, M., Baker, M., Cameron, S., Hull, A. and Williams, R. (1998) Regionalism, Devolution and Social Housing, London: National Housing Forum.

Bevan, M. and Rhodes, D. (1997) Can the Private Rented Sector House the Homeless? York: Centre for Housing Policy.

Bevan, M. and Sanderling, L (1996) Private Renting in Rural Areas York: Centre for Housing Policy.

Bevan, M., Kemp, P. and Rhodes, D. (1996) Private Landlords and Housing Benefit York: Centre for Housing Policy

Contact details

Dr Mark Bevan
Senior Research Fellow
Centre for Housing Policy
University of York
YO10 5DD

Tel: 01904 321489