Wednesday, 9 June 2010


Applications are invited for a Policy and Research Intern to join the Building and Social Housing Foundation’s UK housing research team.

Salary: £16,640 (One year fixed term contract)

The primary purpose of the post is to support the work of the UK programme at BSHF whilst providing an excellent career development opportunity to a candidate who is committed to the aims of the organisation.

You should be a graduate (or have equivalent experience), preferably with a related degree (such as architecture, economics, geography, social policy, sociology) with a strong commitment to the aims of BSHF. Strong verbal and written communication skills, excellent attention to detail and good analytical skills are essential.

The closing date for receipt of completed application forms is Tuesday 6th July 2010. Interviews will be held on Tuesday 20th July 2010. For more details see:

Thursday, 3 June 2010


The Centre for Housing Research (CHR) at St Andrews is delighted to welcome Dr Donald Houston and Dr Kim McKee, who have recently been appointed as Lecturers in Housing and Urban Studies.

Donald was previously at the Department of Geography at the University of Dundee, and prior to that Research Fellow at the Department of Urban Studies, University of Glasgow. His research interests are in labour market disadvantage and environmental justice. At CHR he will be developing research on housing and urban sustainability and will manage a Joseph Rowntree Foundation funded project examining the social justice implications of flooding in urban areas. Alongside this, he will continue to publish on the labour market implications of welfare reform and on the changing role of the private rented sector in the UK.

Kim was previously an Urban Studies Fellow in the Department of Geographical and Earth Sciences at the University of Glasgow, and prior to that a PhD student in the Department of Urban Studies. Her research interests are in social housing, tenure-mix and low-cost homeownership, community governance, and tenant empowerment. At CHR she will be developing research on social housing, and young people and the future of homeownership.

CHR will also soon be appointing two new research fellows in the fields of housing systems analysis and sustainability to further develop the work of the centre: