Professor of Public Policy/Director of Urban Institute (TUI)

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Heriot-Watt University
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Mark Stephens

Housing policy (UK and international, including China), housing and poverty, housing finance (including mortgage finance, home-owner safety nets and housing allowances), housing market instability.

Selected publications

Stephens, M and Williams, P (2012) Tackling Housing Market Volatility in the UK: a progress report, York: Joseph Rowntree Foundation

Stephens, M (2011) Tackling Housing Market Volatility in the UK. Report of the Housing Market Taskforce, York: Joseph Rowntree Foundation

Stephens, M and van Steen, G (2011) ‘“Housing Poverty” and Income Poverty in England and the Netherlands’, Housing Studies, Vol. 26, No. 7, pp. pp. 1035-1057

Stephens, M (2011) ‘Comparative Housing Research: a “system-embedded” approach’, International Journal of Housing Policy, Vol. 11, No. 4, pp. 337-355

Maclennan, D, Muellbauer, J and Stephens, M (2011) ‘Asymmetries in Housing and Financial Market Institutions and EMU’ in Marsh, A and Gibb, K (eds.) (2011) Housing Economics, SAGE: London, Vol. 2, pp. 1-38

Stephens, M, Fitzpatrick, S, Elsinga, M, Van Steen, G and Chzhen, Y (2010) Study on Housing Exclusion: Welfare Policies, Housing Provision and Labour Markets, European Commission

Stephens, M (2010) ‘Locating Chinese Urban Housing Policy in an International Context’, Urban Studies. Vol. 47, No. 14, pp. 2965-2982

Chen, J, Hao, Q and Stephens, M (2010) ‘Assessing Housing Affordability in Post-reform China: a case study of Shanghai’, Housing Studies, Vol. 25, No. 6, pp. 877-901


Mark Stephens studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Oxford University and was awarded a Ph.D. by the University of Glasgow. Before coming to Heriot-Watt University in May 2012 he held professorial appointments at Glasgow and York. He has led two strategic reviews of housing policy – the Evaluation of English Housing Policy (Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, 2005) and the EU Study on Housing Exclusion (2010), and was Academic Adviser to the Joseph Rowntree Foundation's Housing Market Taskforce (2009-11).

He was founding Editor of the European (now International) Journal of Housing Policy and is currently an Editor of Urban Studies. He has been a member of the Co-ordination Committee of the European Network of Housing Research since 2000, its Treasurer since 2002, and is a co-ordinator (with Michelle Norris of UCD) of its Working Group on Comparative Housing Policy. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in 2007 and an Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences in 2011.

Further information

EU Study on Housing Exclusion