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Dr Julie Rugg



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Senior Research Fellow

Julie Rugg joined the Centre for Housing Policy in January 1993. She has completed work including qualitative research on welfare and its impact on claimant and landlord behaviour, aspects of the private rented sector and young people's housing biographies

Recent and ongoing projects include two studies for the Scottish Executive on deposit guarantee schemes and lead tenancy schemes; and an evaluation of the Tenancy Deposit Scheme for the the Department for Communities and Local Government. She was part of the consortium evaluating the Standard Local Housing Allowance Pathfinders for the Department for Work and Pensions, heading up the stream analysing landlord behaviour under the new benefit regulations. Her most recent project was an independent Review of the Private Rented Sector, published October 2008.

Julie Rugg also undertakes a range of research as part of her role in the Cemetery Research Group.



Research interests

  • private renting
  • housing benefit
  • the contribution of the voluntary sector to the alleviation of homelessness
  • cemeteries research



Full publications list

Rugg, J. and Rhodes, D. (2018) The Evolving Private Rented Sector: Its Contribution and Potential. The Evolving Private Rental Sector (PDF , 3,354kb)

Rugg, J. and Rhodes, D. (2018) Vulnerability amongst Low-Income Households in the Private Rented Sector in England. Vulnerability amongst Low-Income Households (PDF , 1,545kb)

Rugg, J. (2014) Crisis’ Private Rented Sector Access Development Programme Final Evaluation Report, University of York and Crisis.  Crisis’ PRS Access Development Programme (PDF , 271kb)

Wallace, A. and Rugg, J. (2014) Buy-to-Let Mortgage Arrears: Understanding the factors that influence landlords' mortgage debt. University of York and Lloyds Banking Group. Buy-to-let Mortgage Arrears Report (PDF , 1,291kb)

Rugg, J. (2013) Churchyard and cemetery: Tradition and modernity in rural North Yorkshire, Manchester, Manchester University Press

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)

Rugg, J. (2013) 'Choice and constraint in the burial landscape: Re-evaluating twentieth-century commemoration in the English churchyard' Mortality, vol. 18, no. 3, pp. 215-234. Choice and Constraint (PDF , 275kb)

Rugg, J. and Pleace, N. (2013) Making it Count: Value for money and effectiveness indicators for use by private rented sector schemes, London: Crisis. Making it Count (PDF , 153kb)

Rugg, J. (2012) 'Deposit Assistance Schemes for Private Rental in the United Kingdom' in Smith, S.J (Ed.) The International Encyclopaedia of Housing and Home, pp 330-334, London: Elsevier.

Rugg, J., Rhodes, D., and Wilcox, S. (2011) Unfair Shares: A report on the impact of extending the Shared Accommodation Rate of Housing Benefit, London: Crisis. Summary (PDF , 4,746kb) | Report (PDF , 5,895kb)‌  

Croucher, K. and Rugg, J. (2010) Older People's Experiences of Renting Privately, London: Age Concern. Report (PDF , 2,543kb)

Rugg, J. & Rhodes, D. (2008) The Private Rented Sector: its contribution and potential, York: Centre for Housing Policy, Report (PDF , 4,310kb)

Johnsen, S., Jones, A., Rugg, J. (2008) The Experience of Homeless Ex-Service personnel in London, York: Centre for Housing Policy

Rugg, J. (2008) A Route to Homelessness? A study of why private sector tenants become homelessness, London: Shelter

Wilcox, S., Rhodes, D. and Rugg, J. (2008) Local Housing Allowance Final Evaluation: The Housing and Labour Market Impacts of the Local Housing Allowance, London: Department for Work and Pensions.

Rugg, J. (2007) 'Outside the Edict: the chaotic nature of burial culture in the United Kingdom', in J.Zeisemer and C.Denk (eds) Der Bürgerliche Tod: Städtische Bestattungskultur Von Der Aufklärung Bis Zum Frühen 20. Jahrhundert., Munich: ICOMOS, pp 11-16.

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.

Rhodes, D. and Rugg, J. (2006) Local Housing Allowance Final Evaluation: the Survey Evidence of Landlords and Agents Experience in the Nine Pathfinder Areas, London: Department for Work and Pensions.

Rugg, J. (2006) Local Housing Allowance Evaluation: The Qualitative Evidence of Landlords and Agents Experience in the Nine Pathfinder Areas, London: Department for Work and Pensions.

Rugg, J. (2006) 'Lawn cemeteries: the emergence of a new landscape of death', Urban History, vol. 33, issue 2, pp213-233.

Rhodes, D. and Rugg, J. (2005) Working With the LHA: Landlord and Agents' Early Experiences of the LHA in Nine Pathfinder Areas , London: Department for Work and Pensions.

Rugg, J. (2005) 'Cemeteries', in D.Davies and L.Mates (eds) Encyclopedia of Cremation, Aldershot: Aldgate, p 118.

Rugg, J. (2004) 'Managing "civilian deaths due to war operations": the Yorkshire experience', Twentieth Century History, vol. 15, issue 2, pp152-173.

Rugg, J. and Rhodes, D. (2004) Lead Tenancy Schemes in Scotland, Edinburgh: Scottish Executive.

Rugg, J., Ford, J. and Burrows, R. (2004) 'Housing advantage? The role of student renting in the constitution of housing biographies in the United Kingdom', Journal of Youth Studies, 7,1.

Hussein, I. and Rugg, J. (2003) 'Managing London's dead: a case of strategic policy failure', Mortality, vol. 8, issue 2, pp209-221.

Querioz, F. and Rugg, J. (2003) 'The development of cemeteries in Portugal c. 1755-1870', Mortality, vol. 8, issue 2, pp113-128.

Rugg, J. (2003) Deposit Guarantee Schemes in Scotland, Edinburgh: Scottish Executive.

Rugg, J. and Rhodes, D. (2003) 'Between a rock and a hard place: the failure to agree on regulation for the private rented sector in England', Housing Studies, vol. 18, issue 6, pp937-946.

Rugg, J. (2003) 'Introduction', Mortality, vol. 8, issue 2, pp107-112

Rugg, J. and Bevan, M. (2002) An Evaluation of the Pilot Tenancy Deposit Scheme, Office of the Deputy Prime Minister.

Ford, J., Rugg, J. and Burrows, R. (2002) 'Conceptualising the contemporary role of housing in the transition to adult life in England' Urban Studies, 39, 13, pp2455-2467.

Rugg, J., Rhodes, D. and Jones, A. (2002) 'Studying a niche market: UK students and the private rented sector' Housing Studies, 17, 2, --289-303.

Rugg, J. and Kemp, P.A.(2001) 'Young people, housing benefit and the risk society', Social Policy and Administration 36, 5, pp688-700.

Rugg, J. and Rhodes, D. (2001) Chains or challenges? The Prospects for Better Regulation of the Private Rented Sector British Property Federation, Chartered Institute of Housing: Coventry.

Rugg, J. (2000) Hartrigg Oaks: the Early Development of a Continuing Care Retirement Community, Centre for Housing Policy, York.

Rhodes, D, Rugg, J. and Jones, A. (2000) The Nature and Impact of Student Demand on Housing Markets, Joseph Rowntree Foundation, York

Rugg, J. (ed) (1999) Young People, Housing and Social Policy, Routledge, London.

Rugg, J. (1999) Making Connections: Tackling Youth Homelessness through a Multi-agency Strategy, Shelter, London.

Rugg, J. and Jones, A (1999) Getting a Job, Finding a Home: Rural Youth Transitions, The Policy Press, Bristol.

Contact details

Dr Julie Rugg
Senior Research Fellow

Tel: 01904 321484



PhD supervision

Particular areas of interest include:


  • Housing pathways
  • Landlords and tenants in the private rented sector (PRS)
  • Market segmentation in the PRS
  • Households on low incomes in the PRS


  • Meanings ascribed to burial space, 1740-present
  • Historical and contemporary cemetery policy
  • Burial and the Church of England

NOTE: where appropriate, joint supervision for PhD students is also available with the Department of Archaeology.