Professor of Housing Economics

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William Arrol Building
Heriot-Watt University
Chris Leishman

Housing economics, including housing market modelling and forecasting and analysis of housing supply and affordability – particularly at sub-regional, local and submarket spatial scales.

Selected publications

Gibb, K. and Leishman, C. (2011) Delivering affordable housing in troubled times: Scotland national report, York: Joseph Rowntree Foundation

Gibb, K. and Leishman, C. (2011) The impact of housing benefit reforms on Glasgow Housing Association, report to Glasgow Housing Association

Leishman, C. and Rowley, S. (2011) ‘Affordable housing’. In D. Clapham and K. Gibb (Eds) Handbook of Housing Studies, London: Sage

Adams, D. and Leishman, C. (2009) Brownfield market signals, report to the Campaign to Protect Rural England

Adams, D., Leishman, C. and Moore, C. (2009) Why not build faster? Explaining the reluctance of UK housebuilders to speed up the supply of new homes for owner occupation, Town Planning Review, Vol. 80, No. 3, 291-314

Leishman, C. (2009) Spatial change and the structure of urban housing submarkets, Housing Studies, Vol. 24, No. 5, 563-585

Wong, C., Gibb, K., McGreal, S., Hincks, S., Kingston, R., Leishman, C., Brown, L. and Blair, N. (2009) Housing and Neighbourhoods Monitor UK-wide Report. York: Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

Adams, D., Cartlidge, L., Leishman, C., & Watkins, C. (2008) Understanding Builder to Builder Residential Land Transactions, London: Department for Communities and Local Government

Adams, D. and Leishman, C. (2008) Factors Affecting Build Out Rates, Report to Department for Communities and Local Government

Leishman, C., Gibb, K., Meen, G., O'Sullivan, A., Young, G., Chen, Y., Orr, A. M., & Wright, R. (2008), Scottish model of housing supply and affordability: final report, Edinburgh: Scottish Government


Chris Leishman is Professor of Housing Economics at Heriot-Watt University, and previously held a Professorial appointment at the University of Glasgow. He has led major studies of housing supply and affordability for the Scottish Government and the Northern Ireland Housing Executive, and has carried out studies of housing supply, developer behaviour and housing market dynamics for the UK Government (Office of the Deputy Prime Minister / Department of Communities and Local Government, and the former National Housing and Planning Advice Unit).

He is currently joint managing editor of the international journal Housing Studies. He was a member of the UK Government’s (Department of Communities and Local Government) expert panel on housing market analysis and planning between 2008 and 2011, and he was a member of the EPSRC Peer Review College between 2002 and 2004.