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Department of Land Economy

Environment, Law & Economics

Studying at Cambridge


Dr Nicky Morrison

Dr Nicky Morrison

Senior Lecturer

Director of Not for Profit Housing Research Programme

Deputy Director of Land Economy Tripos

Fellow and Tutor, St Edmunds college

Office Phone: (01223) 337133

Research Interests

Nicky’s research focuses on examining how changes in government policy and market conditions impact on the housing sector, and specifically affordable housing delivery.    Internationally, she has acted as Coordinator and Principle Investigator on numerous comparative housing projects funded by the European Commission, Nordic-Baltic, German and UK governments, which have had major impacts on housing agendas, both nationally and internationally.  She has also advised the Shenzhen municipal government on their affordable housing policies and Amnesty International on housing rights in Accra, Ghana. 


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

  • Editorial Board, Habitat International
  • Associate Director, Cambridge International Land Institute 
  • Senior Associate, Cambridge Centre for Housing and Planning Research 
  • Co-chair, 'Social Housing: Institutions, organisations and governance' working group of the European Network for Housing Researchers
  • Member, Housing Studies Association
  • Core Member, Highbury Group on Housing Delivery 
  • Deputy Chair, Cambridge Ahead housing group
  • Board Member, Hundred Housing Society, Cambridge (2007-2016)
  • Director of Cambridge City Centre Partnership Ltd (2009-2013)

Key Publications

  • Morrison N (2017) Playing by the rules? New institutionalism, path dependency and informal settlements in Sub-Sahara Africa. Environment and Planning A DOI: 10.1177/0308518X17730581
  • Agyemang F & Morrison N (2017) Recognising the barriers to securing affordable housing through the land use planning system in Sub-Sahara Africa. A perspective from Ghana. Urban Studies DOI: 10.1177/0042098017724092 
  • Manzi T & Morrison N (2017) Risk, Commercialism and Social Purpose: Repositioning the English Housing Association sector Urban Studies DOI: 10.1177/0042098017700792
  • 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 (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 (2013)`Meeting  the decent homes standard: London housing associations’ asset management  strategies’ Urban Studies 50 (2) pp.2569-2587
  • 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
  • Morrison N (2009)  `Housing numbers game: playing by the rules’ Town and Country Planning vol. 78  no 11, pp 468-47
  • Morrison N & Monk  S (2006), `Job-housing mismatch: affordability crisis in Surrey, South East of  England’ Environment and Planning A, vol 38 (6) pp 1115-113
  • Morrison N (2003a) `Assessing the need for key worker housing: a case study of Cambridge' Town Planning Review 74 (3) 281-300 (20 pages) (Journal H index: 25 & Impact factor: 1.024)
  • Morrison N (2003b) `Neighbourhoods and social cohesion: experiences from Europe' International Planning Studies, 8 (2) 115-135 (21 pages) (Journal H index: 75 & Impact factor: 1.33)

  • Morrison N (2001a) `Social Exclusion and Community Initiatives’, GeoJournal 51 (3): 277-279 (3 pages) (Journal H index: 41 & Impact factor: 1.06)

  • Morrison N (2001b) `Examining the difficulties in letting social housing in England’ GeoJournal 51, (4): 339-349 (10 pages) (Journal H index: 41 & Impact factor: 1.06) (ENHR prize for the ‘Best New Housing Academic’s Research Paper)

  • Morrison N & Pearce B (2000)‘Developing indicators for evaluating the effectiveness of the UK Land Use Planning System’ Town Planning Review 71 (2): 191-211 (21 pages) (Journal H index: 25 & Impact factor: 1.024)