Ian Cole is Professor of Housing Studies at the Centre for Regional Economic and Social research at Sheffield Hallam University. In the past thirty years, he has undertaken research on a wide range of issues in housing and regeneration - housing market change, community involvement, 'social mix', and neighbourhood renewal. He was centrally involved in the national evaluations of three major government programmes undertaken in the 2000s - New Deal for Communities, Housing Market Renewal Pathfinder and the ‘Decent Homes’ programme. Professor Cole was a member (2007-2010) of two government Expert Panels - on Housing and Communities Analysis and Regional Economic Development Analysis. He recently completed a four year research programme funded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation entitled Living through Change in Challenging Neighbourhoods examining the dynamics of ‘poverty’ and ‘place’.
Professor Cole has recently been appointed by the government’s Department of Work and Pensions to lead a major independent two year study of the impact of recent policy reforms to housing allowances in the private rented sector. His most recent publication is 'Social Mix - from Vision to Oblivion?' in Anderson, I and Sim, D (eds) Housing and Social Exclusion (Chartered Institute of Housing, 2011)
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