Chris Foye

PHD Student

Chris Foye

Chris Foye

Academic Area(s): Real Estate & Planning
Supervisor(s): Professor David Clapham, Dr Tommaso Gabrieli
Research Topic(s): Housing and Subjective Well-Being

Areas of academic interest

Housing and Subjective Well-Being; Housing and Social Status; Housing and Adaptation Theories; Quantitative Analysis of Determinants of Subjective Well-Being


I am a third year PhD student fully funded by the Reading Real Estate Foundation. My PhD examines the relationship between housing and subjective well-being, and cuts across the various disciplines of psychology, sociology, economics and planning. I am particularly interested in how the relationship between housing and subjective well-being is mediated by social status e.g. ‘Is house size a positional good?’ and ‘Is home-ownership a social norm?’ I am also interested in adaptation theories as applied to housing conditions e.g.  ‘Do individuals adapt to changes in living conditions? If so, why?’ I seek to answer these questions through fixed effect regressions using the British Household Panel Study and German Socio-Economic Panel Study. Aside from my studies, I have worked with the JET Programme in Japan and for the Department of Work and Pensions as a Social Researcher.


  • MPhil Planning, Growth and Regeneration, University of Cambridge
  • BSc Real Estate and Planning, University of Reading (First Class)


Foye, C. (2016). The Relationship Between Size of Living Space and Subjective Well-Being. Journal of Happiness Studies, 1-35. Available online at