Prof. Kenneth Gibb

Kenneth Gibb FAcSS CMCIH is a professor of housing economics in Urban Studies (School of Social and Political Sciences) at the University of Glasgow where he directs the new ESRC UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence [CaCHE] ( CaCHE is the largest investment in housing research in the UK in a generation and is led from Glasgow with 13 other partners around the UK and more than 40 staff and co-investigators. Ken is an applied economist researching the economics, policy and financial dimensions of housing, locally, nationally and comparatively. Recent work includes a project for the European Housing Partnership, international knowledge exchange through the Shaping Housing Futures programme, as well as contributing to work on affordable supply for the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute. Inside Housing named him in 2017 as one of their leaders of Scottish housing.


  • (Political Economy and Politics) 2.1 University of Glasgow, 1986
  • MPhil (Industrial Relations) [coursework and dissertation prize winner], 1988
  • Member of the Chartered Institute of Housing, distinguished professional route, 2009
  • Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, 2011

Academic Posts held (all University of Glasgow)

  • ESRC Research Fellow, Centre for Housing Research and Centre for Housing Research & Urban Studies 1989-92 and 1993-94
  • Temporary Lecturer, Department of Social & Economic Research, (S&ER) 1992-93
  • Lecturer, S&ER and Department of Urban Studies, 1994-99
  • Senior Lecturer, Department of Urban Studies, 1999-2001
  • Reader, Department of Urban Studies, 2001-06
  • Professor, Department of Urban Studies (School of Social & Political Sciences since 2010), 2006-


Ken was also a visiting professor to the University of Amsterdam in 2011 and was visiting Faculty at Murdoch University, Western Australia in 2001 and Berkeley, California also in 2001. Ken has been an external examiner on taught courses at the Universities of Sheffield, Heriot-Watt and Ulster. He has examined PhDs at Glasgow Caledonian University, Nottingham Trent University, Northumbria University, Manchester University, University of Reading, Heriot-Watt University, Auckland University, Stirling University and Ulster University. He has successfully supervised 13 PhDs. At the beginning of 2019, Ken has published more than 50 peer-reviewed journals, as well as numerous books, book chapters and externally published reports. Ken has a long track record of undertaking international comparative housing research including projects for the OECD, the European Housing Partnership (on behalf of the EU), as well as the Government of Portugal, and more recently, led a multi-year international knowledge exchange programme (‘Shaping Futures’) that involved the UK, Canada and Australia. Ken is a past president of the European Real Estate Society and of the Housing committee (RC43) of the International Sociology Association.


  • Director of Teaching and Learning (Urban Studies), 2003-05
  • Head of Department (Urban Studies), 2005-10
  • Associate Dean, Graduate studies (Faculty of Law, Business & Social Sciences), 2009-10
  • Director, Policy Scotland, 2013-17
  • Co-Director, ESRC/Scottish Government What Works Scotland, 2013-17
  • Director, ESRC UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence, 2017-

Wider Role

  • Chair, Sanctuary Scotland housing association
  • Member, Housing Affordability Commission (chaired by Lord Best)
  • Finance director and Trustee, Urban Studies Foundation
  • Board Member, trustee and advisory group chair, Centre for Homelessness Impact
  • Chair, Dublin Housing Observatory Advisory Board
  • Associate Editor, Housing, Theory and Society
  • Member, Scottish Joint Housing Policy and Delivery Group
  • 2002-11: managing editor, Urban Studies
  • 2012-13, advisor, Scottish Parliament Infrastructure Committee


Top Ten Publications since 2014

Maclennan, D, Pawson, H, Gibb, K, Hulchanski, D and Chisholm, S (2019) Shaping Futures: Changing the Housing Story – Main Report & Summary Reports. Policy Scotland: University of Glasgow.

Gibb, K, Meen, G & Nygaard, C (2018): Long-run urban dynamics: understanding local housing market change in London, Housing Studies, DOI: 10.1080/02673037.2018.1491533

Gibb, K and Christie, L (2018) Financing and Taxing Local Government, chapter 31, pp. 467-81, in Kerley, R, Liddle, J and Dunning, P (editors) the Routledge Handbook of International Local Government. Routledge: London

Gurran, N., Gilbert, C., Gibb, K., van den Nouwelant, R., James, A. and Phibbs, P. (2018) Supporting affordable housing supply: inclusionary planning in new and renewing communities, AHURI Final Report No. 297, Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute Limited, Melbourne

Gibb, K, McNulty, D, Maclennan, D and Comerford, M (editors) (2017) The Scottish Economy: A Living Book. Routledge: London.

Meen, G, Gibb, K, Leishman, C and Nygaard, C (2016) Housing Economics: A Historical Approach. Palgrave Macmillan: Basingstoke

Gibb, K, Stephens, M, Reuschke, D, Wright, S, Besemer, K and Sosenko, F (2016) How does housing affect work incentives for people in poverty? Joseph Rowntree Foundation: York.

Gibb, K, McNulty, D and McLaughlin, T (2016) Risk and resilience in the Scottish social housing sector: ‘We’re all risk managers’, International Journal of Housing Policy, Vol 16 (4) 435-57

Gibb, K (2015) The Multiple Failures of the UK Bedroom Tax, International Journal of Housing Policy, Volume 15 (2) 148-66

Gibb, K, Oslund, L and Pryce, G (2014) ‘Describing Inequalities in Access to Employment and the Associated Geography of Well-being’, Urban Studies Volume 51 3 pp.596-613


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