Project Partners

Paul Chatterton, University of Leeds

Paul Chatterton

Paul Chatterton is a writer, researcher and campaigner. He is currently Reader in ‘Cities and Social Change’ in the School of Geography at the University of Leeds where he co-founded the ‘Cities and Social Justice’ Research Cluster and MA in ‘Activism and Social Change’. He is currently Director of the University’s Sustainable Cities Group. He has written extensively on urban change and renewal, civic experimentation and movements for social and ecological justice. He is co-founder of the public charity ‘Antipode’ dedicated to research and scholarship in radical geography and an associate editor of the journal ‘City’. Paul is also co-founder, first secretary and resident of the pioneering and award winning Leeds based low impact housing co-operative Lilac. All his work can be found at his personal website. His new book just published on the Lilac project in 2015 with Routledge titled ‘Low Impact Living A Field Guide to Ecological, Affordable Community Building’ is available here at (20% off with code DC361) Find out more →

Melissa Fernandez, LSE

Dr Melissa Fernandez is an urban sociologist with an inmelissa fernandezterdisciplinary background in international development, gender studies and philosophy. She is a Research Officer at LSE London where she focuses mainly on housing research in the capital city and beyond, and is an Associate Lecturer at Birkbeck University’s School of Psychosocial Studies. She has carried out research on the politics and practices of public housing production and destruction in Puerto Rico and Brazil, and has co-edited (with Kath Scanlon and Christine Whitehead) a comparative book on  Social Housing in Europe (Wiley, 2014).  Her research interests span (1) the formation of alternative forms of housing, particularly co-housing in London; (2) post-colonial forms of urban belonging and exclusion; (3) the links between housing, displacement and activism in the Global North and South; and (3) how issues of race, ethnicity and gender cut across all of these. She is also currently engaged in research on migration and urbanisation in South Asian cities. Find out more →

THE UK Cohousing Network

The UK Cohousing Network is the UK’s umbrella testorganisation for established and forming cohousing groups. We exist to act as a resource point for new and forming cohousing groups, as well as providing an advice point for planners, registered social landlords, and other professionals. We are also involved with seeking ways of making cohousing as financially accessible as possible, and undertaking lobbying & policy development with government ministers and alongside other housing professionals. Find out more →

Helen Jarvis, University of Newcastle

Helen Jarvis, PhD, is Reader in Urban Social Geography at helen jarvisNewcastle University, UK. Her research considers common dilemmas of work-life reconciliation viewed through the prism of time-space coordination and ‘soft’ infrastructures of daily life. Current research shifts attention to the community and alternative paradigms of ‘de-growth’ through experiments and innovations in collaborative housing and intentional community. Helen Jarvis has published extensively on urban social geography including three monographs; Cities and Gender (2009, Routledge); Work/Life City Limits (2005, Palgrave); and The Secret Life of Cities (2001, Pearson).  Find out more →

Dermot O’Reilly, Lancaster University

Dermot’s interest in Cohousing is part of a broad interest in dermot oreillycritical organizational and social theory, and in the critical appreciation and examination of alternative social and organizational coordination in particular. He is interested in how cultural processes (practices of living), political processes (modes of power, authority, leadership, domination and agency) and economic processes (means of reproducing and producing ways of living) interact and evolve, and their effects on types of social inequality. Dermot is a Lecturer at Lancaster University Management School, and is involved in co-ordinating the ‘Sustainability and Responsibility Plus Network’ there. Dermot has further academic interests in critical leadership studies, and in the adaptation and application of critical discourse analysis and corpus linguistics methods.  Find out more →

Lucy Sargisson, University of NottinghaM

Lucy Sargisson is an Associate Professor of Politics at the University of lucysargissonNottingham. She is an active member of the profession, serving on the Steering Group of the Utopian Studies Society, and the Steering Group of the Political Studies Association’s ‘Politics of Property’ Specialist Group. She is a member of the Centre for the Study of Social and Global Justice at Nottingham, The Centre for Ideologies and of CONCEPT, Nottingham’s Political Theory Centre. She is an Associate Editor of two leading politics journals; Political Studies and Political Studies Review.  Lucy has an ongoing commitment to the research of intentional communities and is a member of the CoHousing UK’s Research NetworkFind out more →

Fionn Stevenson, University of sheffield

Fionn Stevenson holds a Chair in Sustainable Design and is the fionn stevensonHead of the University of Sheffield School of Architecture. Her research and consultancy work focuses on developing innovative methods of building performance evaluation in relation to occupancy feedback and social learning in order to improve building design. She is particularly interested in the control interfaces between buildings and people from a holistic perspective which includes resource use in its widest dimension. She currently advises Innovate UK, Good Homes Alliance, Zero Carbon Hub among other government bodies and NGOs.  Publications include: Stevenson, F. (2012) Developing occupancy feedback to improve low carbon housing in eds. Preiser, W.F.E., Mallory-Hill S., and Watson, C. G., Evaluating Building Performance, Routledge, New York pp 120-129. and Stevenson,F. Carmona-Andreu,I. and Hancock, M.  (2013) The usability of control interfaces in low carbon housing, Architectural Science Review 1 (56) pp. 70-82. Find out more →

Kath Scanlon, LSE

Kath Scanlon, a Research Fellow at the London School KATHLEEN_SCANLONof Economics, has a background in economics and urban planning.  She specialises in housing provision and finance, and has a special interest in the interface between planning and alternative housing developments, having followed the development of a London cohousing group since its inception.   Together with colleagues at the LSE London research centre she is working on a year-long public engagement project around addressing the housing supply crisis in London; the potential of alternative housing (including cohousing) is one of its central themes. Kath has carried out a number of international comparative studies across all tenures, and recently edited the book Social Housing in Europe (Wiley). Find out more →

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