Dr Tom Archer

Job title: 
Research Fellow

Phone 0114 225 2920

Tom is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Regional, Economic and Social Research within Sheffield Hallam. He is a member of the Housing Team, working on both qualitative and quantitative research projects.

Tom has 15 years of experience in a variety of research and policy roles in housing and regeneration. In the recent past, he managed a European street homelessness initiative, and managed action research projects for central government.

He has worked as a researcher in a large housing association and local authority housing departments. During this time Tom managed large-scale resident surveys, and conducted significant focus group facilitation, semi-structured interviewing and action learning projects.

Tom's PhD focused on the development of community-led housing in England, as a response to the current housing supply crisis. His recent academic work has centred on trends in profit-making and housing output by the largest UK housebuilders.

Specialist areas of interest

  • Community-led housing
  • Housing demand/low demand
  • Homelessness
  • The UK housebuilding industry
  • Community development
  • Social mechanisms theory
  • Social movement theory
  • Case study research

Current research projects

2017 Older people's housing, care and support needs in Greater Cambridge, South Cambridgeshire District Council. Role: member of research team.

2017-2018 Scaling-up Social Lettings: Scope, Impact and barriers, Joseph Rowntree Foundation. Role: Member of research team.

2017-2018 A review of the Urban CLT project, The National Community Land Trust Network. Role: SHU lead.

Selected research reports

Archer, T., Green, S. and Fisher, C. (2019) Helping Communities Build: A review of the Community Land Trust Funds and lessons for future support. Kent: Charities Aid Foundation (CAF Venturesome).

Archer, T. with Stevens, M. (2018) Housing, integration and segregation: A rapid literature review. Sheffield: CRESR, Sheffield Hallam University.

Archer, T., Green, S., Leather, D., McCarthy, L., Wilson, I., Robinson, D. and Tait, M. (2018) Older people's housing, care and support needs in Greater Cambridge 2017-2036. Sheffield: CRESR, Sheffield Hallam University.

Archer, T. with Stevens, M. (2017) Housing, integration and segregation: A rapid evidence literature review. Sheffield: Sheffield Hallam University.

Cole, I., Green, S., Pattison, B., Reeve, K., Wilson, I. with Archer, T. (2017) Capping aspiration: The millennial housing challenge. Sheffield: CRESR, Sheffield Hallam University.

Archer, T. and Cole, I. (2016) Profit Before Volume? Major housebuilders and the crisis of supply. Sheffield: Sheffield Hallam University.

Bennett, E., Langmead, K. and Archer, T. (2015) Editorial: Special issue - Austere relations: The changing relationship between the Third Sector, the State and the Market in an era of austerity. People, Place and Policy, 9 (2), pp. 100-102.

Archer, T. and Cole, I. (2014) Still not plannable? Housing supply and the changing structure of the housebuilding industry in the UK in 'austere' times. People, Place and Policy, 8 (2), pp. 97-112.

PhD supervision

Tom would welcome discussion on supervising students around any of the following areas:

  • Community-led approaches to housing and regeneration
  • Alternative forms of property ownership
  • Collectivism and social movements
  • Housebuilding and housing supply
  • Financialisation
  • Comparative housing studies

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Department for Communities and Local Government
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