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Department of Land Economy

Environment, Law & Economics

Studying at Cambridge


Dr Nicky Morrison

Dr Nicky Morrison

Lecturer, Department of Land Economy, University of Cambridge

Fellow and tutor, St Edmunds college

Office Phone: (01223) 337133

Research Interests

Nicky’s research focuses on comparative housing and urban planning, at the city and neighbourhood level.    Internationally, she has collaborated with a number of European academics on comparative housing and neighbourhood renewal projects, funded by the European Commission, as well as the Nordic-Baltic, German and UK governments. She has also advised the Shenzhen municipal government on their affordable housing policies and has worked on an Amnesty International project on housing rights in Accra, Ghana. More locally, she was on the steering committees of the `Cambridge sub-region 2030’ and the `Wisbech 2020’ visioning projects, leading the housing and economic analysis work-streams respectively.  



coordinator of module `Housing and regeneration' in the Planning Growth and Regeneration (PGR) MPhil

coordinator of undergraduate courses `Built environment' and `Land and urban economics'

Other Professional Activities

Professional Membership

  • Core member of Cambridge International Land Institute (CILI)
  • Senior Associate of Cambridge Centre for Housing and Planning Research (CCHPR)
  • Core member of Highbury Group on housing delivery
  • Member of European Network of Housing Researchers (ENHR).
  • Co-chair and coordinator of ENHR's Social Housing: Institutions, organisations and governance' working group
  • Member of Housing Studies Association (HSA)
  • Member housing group, Cambridge Ahead
  • Board member of Hundred Housing Society, Cambridge (2007-2016)
  • Former director of Cambridge City Centre Partnership Ltd (2009-2013)
  • Former trustee of Chesterton Community Association

Key Publications

  • Manzi T & Morrison N (2017) Risk, Commercialism and Social Purpose: Repositioning the English Housing Association sector Urban Studies DOI: 10.1177/0042098017700792
  • Morrison N (2017) ‘Struggling for the right to be recognised: the informal settlement of Old Fadama, Accra, Ghana’ in K Brickell, M Fernández Arrigoitia, & A Vasudevan (eds) Geographies of Forced Eviction, Palgrave  25-45  
  • Morrison N (2016) Delivering affordable housing in England’s austere economic and political climate’ Urbanistica 155: 216-136 (Guest contributor)
  • Morrison N & Xian S (2016) 'High mountains and the far away emperor: Overcoming barriers to citizen participation in China's urban planning practices' Habitat International DOI: 10.1016/j.habitatint.2016.08.001  pp.205-214
  • Morrison N (2016) 'Selling the family silver? Institutional entrepreneurship and asset disposal in the English housing association sector' Urban Studies DOI: 10.1177/0042098016653874 
  • Morrison N (2016) 'Institutional logics and organisational hybridity: English Housing Associations' diversification strategies into the private rented sector' Housing Studies 31 (8) 897-915
  • Burgess G & Morrison N (2015) 'Improving housing outcomes: the value of advice and support for vulnerable older people' Housing and Built Environment 31 (2) pp.197-211
  • Morrison N & Burgess G (2014) `Inclusionary housing policy in England: the impact of the downturn on the delivery of affordable housing through section 106’ Housing and the Built Environment  vol 29 (3) pp. 423-43
  • Morrison N (2014) `Building talented worker housing in Shenzhen to sustain  place competitiveness’ Urban Studies 51 (8) pp1539-1558
  • Morrison N & Davies M (2014) `Accessing the public sphere in Africa through a slum radio project' in T Askanisu & L Ostergaerd (eds) Reclaiming the public sphere: power, communication and social change, Palgraves, pp201-218
  • Morrison N (2014) (with Burgess G, Monk S & Udagawa C) Economic Analysis of Wisbech travel to work area, Cambridge: Cambridgeshire County Council
  • Morrison N (2013)  `Reinterpreting the key worker problem in a University Town, a case study of  Cambridge' Town Planning Review vol 34 no 6 pp721-742
  • Morrison N (with Johnson G, Carolin P, Landshoff P, and Bridge J) '2030 Visioning for Cambridge sub-region'
  • Morrison N (2013)`Meeting  the decent homes standard: London housing associations’ asset management  strategies’ Urban Studies 50 (2) pp.2569-2587
  • Morrison N (2012)  `Key worker housing policies’, in S Smith (ed) the International Encyclopaedia  for Housing and Homes, Elsevier pp.134-144
  • Morrison N (2010)  `Securing key worker housing through the planning system’ in S Monk & C  Whitehead `Making housing more affordable: the role of the intermediate sector’  Blackwells, pp 120-134
  • Morrison N (2010) `A  green belt under pressure: the case of Cambridge, England’, Planning Practice  and Research: Special Issue Green Belts, vol 25 pp 157-181
  • Morrison N (2010) `A  land mark case’ Town and Country Planning, April 2010, pp 184-186
  • Holt-Jensen A and Morrison N (2009) `Northern Europe – between the East and West’ in A Holt-Jensen & E Pollock (eds) `Urban Sustainability and Governance: New challenges in Nordic-Baltic Housing Policies’ Nova Ltd, pp1-13
  • Morrison N ,  Holt-Jensen A and Julegina A (2009)`The Nordic-Baltic housing policies seen in  a broader international perspective’ in A Holt-Jensen & E Pollock (eds)  `Urban Sustainability and Governance: New challenges in Nordic-Baltic Housing  Policies’ Nova Ltd, 2009, pp. 241-254
  • Morrison N (2009)  `Housing numbers game: playing by the rules’ Town and Country Planning vol. 78  no 11, pp 468-470
  • Morrison N (2008)  `The English case’ pp50-70 in C Droste (ed) “Cost effective and quality  conscious development of existing housing – a European comparative study” German Office for Building and Spatial Structure BBR-online-publication, NR  15/2008
  • Morrison N & Monk  S (2006), `Job-housing mismatch: affordability crisis in Surrey, South East of  England’ Environment and Planning A, vol 38 (6) pp 1115-1130