Professor David Clapham

Professor of Planning

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Professor David Clapham

Real Estate & Planning
HumSS 92, Whiteknights Campus
+44 (0) 118 378 6460



Professor David Clapham joined the University of Reading in 2012. He was previously at the University of Glasgow and then joined Cardiff University in 1994 and was Director of the then Centre for Housing Management and Development. He was a member of the Co-ordination Committee of the European Network for Housing Research between 1998 and 2006. He was a member of the Committee of the Housing Studies Association between 1993 and 1999 and Chair between 1995 and 1998. David has been editor of the journal Housing, Theory and Society since 2004. He is currently a Visiting Professor at IBF at the University of Uppsala and external examiner and member of the Advisory Panel of the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Hong Kong. David was awarded membership of the Chartered Institute of Housing in 2002 in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the field of housing. He was Chief Examiner for the Institute between 2007 and 2011.

Professor Clapham's research interests span a large area of Housing Studies. He has undertaken research on the management of housing stock, allocations policies, and tenant participation and co-operatives. He is the author of Housing Management, Consumers, and Citizens (with Cairncross and Goodlad) published by Routledge in 1997, as well as Housing Co-operatives in Britain; Achievements and Prospects (with Kintrea) published by Longman in 1992. He has also undertaken substantial research on homelessness and is editor (with Hutson) of Homelessness: Public policies and private troubles published by Cassell in 1999. Professor Clapham's research also covers all aspects of social policy and housing and he is author (with Kemp and Smith) of Housing and Social Policy published by Macmillan in 1990. Recently David has focused on the application of social theory to housing and is the author of The Meaning of Housing: a pathways approach published by Policy Press in 2005. He has also recently edited the Sage Handbook of Housing (with Clark and Gibb) published by Sage in 2012.

Professor Clapham's current research interests include work on the housing of young people in the UK and the changing nature of the private rented sector. He is also working on the integration of different perspectives into the analysis of housing markets and is writing a book on supported housing.


  • Member of Chartered Institute of Housing (awarded on the basis of an outstanding professional contribution to housing)
  • PhD London School of Economic
  • MSc Social Policy and Planning, London School of Economics
  • BA (Hons) Business Studies CNAA

Selected Research Grants

Area Regeneration and Localisation: evidence and policy review.  Joseph Rowntree Foundation (with Sheffield Hallam University) 2013

The Big Society, Localism and Housing.  ESRC seminar series.  2013/4 (with University of St. Andrews)

Young people and housing: identifying policy challenges and solutions for 2020.  Joseph Rowntree Foundation.  £118,000  2010/11.

Extra Care Housing in Wales,  Welsh Government and Cymorth Cymru 2010  £2000

Review of Supporting People Strategy (RCT Council) 2010 £2000 with Shelter Cymru


View a full list of Professor David Clapham's Publications

Key Publications  

Books and Monographs:

Clapham D. Clark W. and Gibb K. (2012) (eds) The Sage Handbook of Housing Studies: London: Sage.

Clapham D. (2005) The Meaning of Housing: A pathways approach. Bristol: Policy Press

Journal Articles:

Christian, J. Clapham D. Thomas S. and Abrams D. (2012) The Relationship Between Well-Being, Future Planning and Intentions to Utilise Intervention Programmes: What Can Be Learned From Homeless Service Users? International Journal of Housing Policy 12.2 pp.159-182

Clapham D. (2011) The embodied use of the material home: An affordance approach. Housing, Theory and Society 28.4 pp. 360-376

Christian, J., Clapham, D. and Abrams, D. (2011). Exploring homeless people's use of outreach services: Applying a social psychological perspective. Housing Studies 26(5): 681-699. (cit 1)

Clapham D. (2010) "Happiness, well-being and housing policy" Policy and Politics vol 38.2 pp.253-267 (cit 6)

Clapham D (2009) "A Theory of Housing: Problems and Potential" Housing, Theory and Society vol 26 no.1 pp. 1-9 (cit 11)