I research things and write about them. Sometimes I do this for universities; sometimes for newspapers. My main interest is social policy, and most projects I’ve worked on recently have been about housing, debt, employment rights or welfare reform.
My book, The Rent Trap, will be published in March 2016 by Pluto Press. It’s about private renting, and how dysfunctional it has become for the 11 million people in the UK who rent their homes from a private landlord. One of the things I explore in the book is what the Buy To Let phenomenon is doing to social relationships, and the ways in which ‘informal’ landlords rationalise what they are doing – something I wrote about for The Observer recently.
At the moment, I’m working on a new project at the University of Brighton about the experience of debt, and the role that credit rating agencies play in shaping people’s lives. I’ve recently finished working on a University of Bristol research project that tracked people who took their employer to a tribunal, and looked at how their ‘legal consciousness’ developed. There’s more about my other work here, and past work here.
I live in east London.