Nicholas Pleace



Senior Research Fellow

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

Nicholas Pleace's work centres on the successful housing and social integration of people with support needs. His work ranges from evaluation of homelessness services and strategies, through to exploring innovative approaches aimed tackling long-term unemployment and improving social supports for homeless and formerly homeless people. He also has a particular interest in the measurement of service outcomes and service cost effectiveness.

Nicholas also works for the European Observatory on Homelessness and is on the Editorial Committee for the European Journal of Homelessness which both operate under the the auspices of Fédération Européenne d'Associations Nationales Travaillant avec les Sans-Abri (FEANTSA), the European federation of homelessness organizations. Nicholas is also a member of the Women's Homelessness in Europe Network (WHEN). 

He has directed research for DCLG, DWP, DoH, MoJ, the Welsh Government, the Northern Ireland Housing Executive, the Scottish Government, NHS Scotland, the Finnish Government, the French Government, Crisis, Shelter, Centrepoint, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, the King's Fund, Peabody, the Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust and the Simon Communities of Ireland. He has also worked on projects supported by ESRC, the European Commission and OECD. 





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

Tel: 01904 321479
Fax: 01904 321481



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.