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Professor Nicholas Pleace



Research Champion for Justice and Equality, Vice Chancellor's Office
Director of Centre for Housing Policy
Professor of Social Policy
NIHR SSCR Senior Fellow

  • BA Hons, Politics (Portsmouth Polytechnic)
  • MA (Econ) Public Policy and Administration (University of Manchester)

Nicholas is currently Research Champion for Justice and Equality for the University, his role centres on promoting excellence in interdisciplinary research that spans Departmental and Faculty boundaries.

Professor Pleace joined CHP in 1991. His research explores the interrelationships between housing and poverty. His interests centre on comparative research, particularly across Europe and the Anglophone countries and on transdisciplinary research that encompasses inequalities in health, life chances/opportunity, area effects in urban space, housing precarity and homelessness.

Nicholas joined the European Observatory on Homelessness, operating under the auspices of FEANTSA in 2010, and he is also a member of the Women’s Homelessness in Europe Network (WHEN).






Research interests

  • Evaluation
  • Cost effectiveness
  • Social and community integration
  • Economic integration
  • Homelessness and housing exclusion
  • International comparisons
  • Welfare taxonomies
  • Urban studies

Nicholas has an interest in experimental and quasi-experimental service evaluation and international comparative research. He is a specialist in mixed methods and interdisciplinary research.



  • Fidelity Assessment of Housing First England (2016)
  • Evaluating the Threshold Housing First service (2015 - 2017)
  • Promoting protection of the right to housing - Homelessness prevention in the context of evictions - EU (2013-2015)
  • European Core Learning Outcomes for the Integration of Support and Housing - EU (2013 - 2015)
  • Assessment of need and evaluation of housing support for homeless veterans (2013 - 2016)
  • Evaluation of the Crisis Skylight programme (2013-2015)
  • European Observatory on Homelessness (2010-)
  • Evaluation of the Finnish homelessness strategy (2014)
  • Measuring the impact of Supporting People in Wales (2013)
  • Improving Health and Social Integration through Housing First (2013)
  • Camden Housing First: A Housing First Experiment in London (2013)
  • Evaluating homelessness services and strategies: A Review (2013)
  • Review of the evidence base for Housing First (2012)


Nicholas Pleace

Contact details

Nicholas Pleace
Centre Director and Professor of Social Policy

Tel: 01904 321479



Nicholas is interested in MA, MPhil and PhD supervision on areas including housing exclusion, homelessness, the social and economic integration of people with support needs, social housing management and the use of ICTs in social and welfare policy.