Ben Pattison

Job title: 
Research Associate

Phone: + 44 (0)114 225 4814 

Ben is a Research Associate at the Centre for Regional, Economic and Social Research within Sheffield Hallam University. He is a member of both the housing and the data and policy teams. Much of Ben's research has sought to use mixed methods but his primary expertise is the quantitative analysis of secondary data sources.

In his previous role he was an ESRC funded postgraduate researcher at the University of Birmingham. The title of his PhD is: 'Understanding the growth of the private rented sector in England: Has Generation Rent been Priced Out?'. During his time at the University of Birmingham he worked as a teaching associate and a researcher. This included research on an international project comparing housing wealth and welfare.

Prior to his PhD Ben worked for the Building and Social Housing Foundation (BSHF) on a variety of topics including Housing Benefit, self-help housing and the private rented sector. For three years, he was a trustee of a charity which provided accommodation for refugees and asylum seekers in the East Midlands. He also has experience of conducting research for public and third sector organisations across subjects including health and international development.

Ben is a member of the executive committee of the Housing Studies Association.

Research Interests

Ben has a broad range of interests including:

  • The private rented sector
  • Housing Benefit
  • Community-led housing
  • Housing wealth
  • Regeneration
  • Health inequalities

Current research projects

2015 Housing Benefit for Young People, Crisis. Role: Member of the project team.

Selected reports 

Bashir, N., Eadson, W. and Pattison, B. (2017) Warm Homes Oldham evaluation: final report. Sheffield: CRESR, Sheffield Hallam University.

Cole, I., Pattison, B., Reeve, K. and While, A. (2016) The Pilot Programme for the Voluntary Right to Buy for Housing Associations: An Action-Learning Approach. Sheffield: CRESR, Sheffield Hallam University.

Green, S., Pattison, B., Reeve, K. and Wilson, I. (2016) How affordable is affordable housing? Norwich: Flagship Homes.

Pattison, B., Robinson, D. and Wilson, I. (2016) Tenant Perceptions of the Right to Buy Extension: Evidence from the Big Tenant Survey. Sheffield: CRESR, Sheffield Hallam University.

Pattison, B., Tyler, P., Wells, P. and Wilson, I. (2016) Regeneration revival? Making housing-led regeneration work across England. Coventry: Chartered Institute of Housing.

Reeve, K., Cole, I., Batty, E., Foden, M., Green, S. and Pattison, B. (2016) Home. No less will do: Homeless people’s access to the Private Rented Sector. London: Crisis.

Cole, I., Pattison, B. and Reeve, R. (2015) The withdrawal of support for housing costs under Universal Credit for young people: more pain for little gain? London: Crisis.

Pattison, B. (2014) Priced Out? Multivariate Analysis of the Drivers for the Growth of Private Renting in England. NHR conference paper.

Pttison, B. (2013) Some key trends in the private rented sector in England: Analysis of Census data.Birmingham: CHASM briefing paper.

Pttison, B. (2012) The Growth of In-Work Housing Benefit Claimants: Evidence and policy implications. Coalville: BSHF

Pattison, B., Strutt, J. and Vine, J. (2011) Self-Help Housing: Supporting locally driven housing solutions. Coalville: BSHF

Diacon, D., Pattison, B., Strutt, J. and Vine, J. (2010) Support with Housing Costs: Developing a simplified and sustainable system. Coalville: BSHF.

Pattison, B., Diacon, D. and Vine, J. (2010) Tenure Trends in the UK Housing System: Will the private rented sector continue to grow? Coalville: BSHF.

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