Dr Jenny Preece

School of Geography and Planning


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Dr Jenny Preece
School of Geography and Planning
Interdisciplinary Centre of the Social Sciences (ICOSS)
219 Portobello
S1 4DP

I joined the department as a researcher in 2017, working with the UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence, an interdisciplinary research centre working on contemporary housing problems.

My PhD was in people's experiences of post-industrial neighbourhoods, which I completed at the Centre for Regional, Economic and Social Research at Sheffield Hallam University. Prior to my PhD I worked for several years in policy and research roles in the social housing sector in London. My undergraduate degree was in history, after which I completed a masters in public policy - then I moved into working directly in housing policy and practice...and this interest in housing policy has never left me!

I have carried out lots of different research projects in my time in USP, sometimes working in partnership with academic colleagues at other universities, and at other times in collaboration with non-academic organisations such as Mind Cymru and the Centre for Ageing Better.

I am a member of the International Editorial Advisory Board for Housing Studies journal and a peer reviewer for a range of journals in the field of housing and urban studies. I am also a Co-Investigator for the UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence (CaCHE).

Research interests

My research focuses on understanding housing choices and aspirations, particularly in changing contexts and with relevance to issues of constraint and exclusion. I am interested in people's lived experiences of home, and how people experience change, whether in the dwelling itself or the wider neighbourhood. In the last few years my research has focused on understanding the lived experience of the building safety crisis or ‘cladding scandal’, working with leaseholders in England who are living with significant fire safety defects. I have worked to increase the impact of this work by carrying out additional research into, for example, people's experiences of living through building remediation.


Journal articles

Book reviews

  • Preece J (2012) Fitting into place?. Sociological Research Online, 17(3). RIS download Bibtex download


  • Robinson D, Preece J & Robbins G (2022) Race equality in housing: a review of the policy approach in England, Scotland and Wales RIS download Bibtex download
  • Robinson D, Preece J, Young G & Gibb K (2021) Past, present and future: Housing policy and poor-quality homes RIS download Bibtex download
  • Preece J, Bimpson E, Robinson D, McKee K & Flint J (2020) FORMS AND MECHANISMS OF EXCLUSION IN CONTEMPORARY HOUSING SYSTEMS: A SCOPING STUDY View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
Teaching interests

I use my research to inform my teaching practice, particularly specialising in the teaching of contemporary housing issues. I am interested in the applied, policy applications of research, and methodologically I focus on teaching qualitative approaches.

Teaching activities





UG and PGT dissertation supervision

PGR supervision

L1 Personal Tutor