4×4 Manchester Special: Housing Crisis

This exciting one off event looked at the current housing crisis in the UK. This is a topic that has been covered extensively in various reports and articles but 4×4 wanted to bring together different perspectives, take a fresh look at the issues and provoked a lively and engaging debate!

Danny Dorling

Danny has published with many colleagues more than a dozen books on issues related to social inequalities in Britain and several hundred journal papers. His work concerns issues of housing, health, employment, education and poverty. Danny was employed as a play-worker in children’s summer play-schemes. He learnt the ethos of pre-school education where the underlying rationale was that playing is learning for living. He tries not to forget this. He is an Academician of the Academy of the Learned Societies in the Social Sciences, Honorary President of the Society of Cartographers and a patron of Roadpeace, the national charity for road crash victims. At this special 4×4 event Danny focused on the overheated private housing market.

Jenny Lynn

Jenny Lynn cut her teeth in the world of regeneration when she ran the economic programme for Hulme City Challenge in Manchester back in the nineties. Twenty years ago she moved across to Halifax to head up a regeneration programme in one of the most diverse neighbourhoods in West Yorkshire, where she has lived ever since. She has been a Labour councillor since 2012 and says “it’s a rare week when nobody comes to see me with something about their housing problems – and it’s getting worse all the time.”

Philip Brown

Having previously worked as a Residential Social Worker in Leeds City Council and then a lecturer at The University of Huddersfield, Philip joined the University of Salford in 2005 as a Research Fellow in the Sustainable Housing & Urban Studies Unit where he became Director in 2012. Philip is now Director of the Centre for Applied Research in Health, Welfare and Policy (CARe) and Director of the Sustainable Housing & Urban Studies Unit at the University of Salford.

He has led and delivered a wide range of projects for the private and public sector, charitable bodies and European Commission. These projects typically aim to identify and assess the impact of specific policy initiatives over a variety of topic areas. He has broad experience having worked in fields as diverse as social inclusion, migration, homelessness, fuel poverty, energy efficiency and regeneration. Philip is a Chartered Psychologist of the British Psychological Society and has been a member of the Economic and Social Research Council’s (ESRC) Peer Review College.

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