Nicholas Pleace

Nicholas Pleace


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Research interests

  • Interdisciplinary research
  • International comparative research
  • Housing inequalities and precarity as they relate to health, wellbeing and social justice
  • Social housing
  • Supported housing, including Housing First  
  • The human, societal and financial costs of homelessness
  • Developing integrated homelessness strategies to prevent and reduce homelessness   


Professor Nicholas Pleace joined CHP in 1991 and became Director of the Centre in the Autumn of 2017. His research interests centre on interdisciplinary, mixed method and comparative work, with a particular interest in homelessness nested within a wider concern with housing inequalities and social justice. Nicholas also has a longstanding interest in housing related support/supported housing and the intersection of this support with health and social care services within integrated strategies. He is a Senior Fellow in the NIHR School for Social Care Research.  

Nicholas is currently Research Champion for Justice and Equality for the University, his role centres on promoting excellence in interdisciplinary research that spans departmental and faculty boundaries. He supports development of research in fields such as governance and policy, human rights, socioeconomic inequalities, prejudice, discrimination and toleration. His own interests include climate justice, the associations between inequality and the built environment, and the ways in which population displacement, precariousness in housing and homelessness intersect with justice and equality.  

Nicholas is a globally recognised authority on homelessness. He has led research for Centrepoint, Crisis, DHSC, DWP, FEANTSA, the French Government, Homeless Link, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, MHCLG, Ministry of Justice, Northern Ireland Housing Executive, Riverside, the Scottish Government, Shelter, Simon Communities of Ireland, St Mungo’s and the Welsh Government and has contributed to international work on homelessness for the EC and OECD. Nicholas was lead author of the international evaluation of the highly successful Finnish national homelessness strategy. With his colleagues Dr Joanne Bretherton and Deborah Quilgars, he pioneered research on Housing First in the UK and Europe, a field in which he remains active, and in 2016 he authored the Housing First Guide Europe.  

Nicholas is a member of the European Observatory on Homelessness, operating under the auspices of FEANTSA and a member of the Women’s Homelessness in Europe Network (WHEN). He is on the Editorial Boards of the European Journal of Homelessness and the International Journal of Housing Policy. 


External positions

Core research team European Observatory on Homelessness, Fédération Européenne d’Associations Nationales Travaillant avec les Sans-Abri (FEANTSA)

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