Rebecca Searle is the Housing Forum coordinator and a historian of the housing crisis. She is interested in both explaining the development of the contemporary housing situation and exploring the ways in which the organisation of housing in the past can prompt us to think differently about housing in the present.
She has particular expertise in the contemporary crisis in the city of Brighton and Hove, the history of the private rented sector, the growth of housing finance, housing activism, and the relationship between gender, age and housing costs. Rebecca is interested in the potential of digital technologies to help map the dynamics of local housing markets in order provide the evidential basis for policy reform.
Deanna Dadusc is a Lecturer in Criminology, School of Applied Social Sciences. Her interdisciplinary work bridges criminology, social movements studies and critical borders studies. In particular, her research examines the criminalisation of practices of resistance in relation to housing as well as migration politics. Deanna’s PhD thesis is titled: ’The micropolitics of criminalisation: power, resistance and the Amsterdam squatting movement’. Her current research project is supported by the University of Brighton Rising Star scheme, and is titled: ‘Contested Borders: migrants’ squats and the criminalisation of solidarity’.
Della Madgwick is interested in the fabric and tenure of new build housing and how it meets the needs of the occupiers. The government vision for more sustainable living which peaked around 2013 with the demise of the Code for Sustainable Homes may or may not leave a legacy on the way that we engage in sustainable living for example research on clothes drying in new homes revealed an increase in tumble drying.
In addition the encumbrance on many new housing sales of increasing restrictive covenants and private land management deals continue to cause inequity between new home buyers and old home buyers – Della’s research considers the impact of this inequity on home buyers and also opportunities for self build and custom house building in an era of increased Housing Delivery.
David Wolff has been the Director of the Community University Partnership Programme (CUPP) since its inception in 2003, regularly teaching and researching on the topic. Prior to this David worked in the community and voluntary sector in the fields of homelessness, advice and information services, project management and in the use of IT. He has occupied roles as a volunteer, service delivery worker, manager, director and consultant and is also a Commissioner for the Brighton and Hove Fairness Commission.
Sarah Leaney is a sociologist researching social class and housing. Sarah’s ethnographic research explores the social and material conditions of social housing and the everyday experiences of people who live on council estates. She is interested in the social construction of ideals of home ownership and how this dominant discourse shapes the experiences of home for those who are socially housed.