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Department of Land Economy

Environment, Law & Economics


Professor Becky Tunstall held the position of Joseph Rowntree Professor of Housing Policy and was the Director of the Centre for Housing Policy (CHP) at the University of York between 2011 and 2016.

About the speaker:

Having read PPE at the University of Oxford, Becky also holds an MA and Diploma in Urban Design. She studied for her PhD in Social Policy and Administration at the LondonSchool of Economics, lecturing there prior to her move to York. Becky’s research interests range across the fields of housing and social policy, with a focus on social housing, neighbourhoods and inequality. She is widely published and has a strong track record of engaging with policy makers and practitioners.


Using census data, this paper compares English local authorities and three decades of housing development to search for cases where housing growth is inclusive. 'Housing growth' is defined as growth in average space per person, measured in rooms per person. 'Inclusive growth' is housing growth not accompanied by an increase in housing space inequality. There were a few cases of inclusive growth, and also inclusive non-growth. However, in most local authorities, for most of the decades 1981-91, 1991-2001, 2001-2011, housing growth was not inclusive, and there were also a few cases of noninclusive non-growth.

Wednesday, 6 November, 2019 - 16:00 to 17:00
Event location: 
Mill Lane Lecture Room 9