This exciting one off event looked at the current housing crisis in the UK. This is a topic that has been covered extensively in various reports and articles but we wanted to give it the 4x4 treatment. We brought together different perspectives, took a fresh look at the issues and provoked a lively and engaging debate!
Danny has published with many colleagues more than a dozen books on issues related to social inequalities in Britain and several hundred journal papers. His work concerns issues of housing, health, employment, education and poverty. Danny was employed as a play-worker in children’s summer play-schemes. He learnt the ethos of pre-school education where the underlying rationale was that playing is learning for living. He tries not to forget this. He is an Academician of the Academy of the Learned Societies in the Social Sciences, Honorary President of the Society of Cartographers and a patron of Roadpeace, the national charity for road crash victims. At this special 4x4 event Danny focused on the overheated private housing market.
Find out more about Danny here
Read some of his articles for The Guardian here
Having previously worked as a Residential Social Worker in Leeds City Council and then a lecturer at The University of Huddersfield, Philip joined the University of Salford in 2005 as a Research Fellow in the Sustainable Housing & Urban Studies Unit where he became Director in 2012. Philip is now Director of the Centre for Applied Research in Health, Welfare and Policy (CARe) and Director of the Sustainable Housing & Urban Studies Unit at the University of Salford.
He has led and delivered a wide range of projects for the private and public sector, charitable bodies and European Commission. These projects typically aim to identify and assess the impact of specific policy initiatives over a variety of topic areas. He has broad experience having worked in fields as diverse as social inclusion, migration, homelessness, fuel poverty, energy efficiency and regeneration. Philip is a Chartered Psychologist of the British Psychological Society and has been a member of the Economic and Social Research Council’s (ESRC) Peer Review College.
Jenny Lynn cut her teeth in the world of regeneration when she ran the economic programme for Hulme City Challenge in Manchester back in the nineties. Twenty years ago she moved across to Halifax to head up a regeneration programme in one of the most diverse neighbourhoods in West Yorkshire, where she has lived ever since. She has been a Labour councillor since 2012 and says "it's a rare week when nobody comes to see me with about their housing problems - and it's getting worse all the time."
Lynsey Hanley was born and raised just outside of Birmingham on what was then the largest council estate in Europe, and lived for years on an estate in London's East End. She now lives in Liverpool and writes from a personal perspective about issues of class, politics and urban planning in the UK.
She is the author of Estates: An Intimate History which recounts with passion and humour the rise of social housing a century ago, its adoption as a fundamental right by leaders of the social welfare state in the mid-century and its decline - as both idea and reality - in the 1960s and '70s.
More recently she has written Respectable: The Experience of Class and is a regular contributor to the Guardian and the Times Literary Supplement.
Read some of Lynsey's articles for The Guardian here
LYNSEY WAS UNFORTUNATELY UNABLE TO MAKE IT TO THE EVENT BUT WE ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO HAVING HER AT A FUTURE EVENT VERY SOON!