Professor Tony Crook

CBE, BA, MPhil, PhD, Hon DLitt, FAcSS, FRTP,I FRSA.

Department of Urban Studies and Planning

Professor Emeritus of Town and Regional Planning


I am Emeritus Professor of Town & Regional Planning and the former Senior Pro-Vice Chancellor of the University when, for a nine year term, I was responsible for academic planning, HR and capital projects, a position to which I was appointed after serving as Head of Town & Regional planning (the department's former name).

Over the last three decades I have had a large research programme on the supply side of the private rented housing sector and the use of the planning obligations to secure affordable housing. My work has received research grants of over £3m and I have over 190 publications including books, research reports, journal articles and other output.

My latest book, co-authored with Professor Peter Kemp, Private Rental Housing: Comparative Perspectives, was published in 2014.

I am also very active in the world of policy and practice which brings me into close contact with policy makers in the public, private and not for profit sectors in housing and planning. I am currently Deputy Chair of the Orbit Housing Group (one of the UK's largest not for profit provider of affordable homes), a director of Orbit Homes Ltd, a member of the Royal Town Planning Institute’s (RTPI) Trustee Board and Chair of its Education and Life Long Learning Committee, a member of the Policy Working Group of the Academy of Social Sciences and Chair of its Council's Practitioners Fellows Group.

In past years I have been Chair of the Board of Trustees of Shelter ( the national housing and homelessness charity), independent chair of the review of governance of Rotherham council )(appointed by the Commissioners on behalf of the Secretary of State), Trustee of the Coalfields Regeneration Trust (which is funded by the UK governments to secure economic and social regeneration of the former coalfields), Chair of Sheffield Homes Ltd, an independent member of the board of the National Tenant Voice, Chair of the RTPI Accreditation Board, a member of the National Housing Federation’s National Council, Chair of South Yorkshire Housing Association, Chair of the RTPI Housing Panel, a member of the RTPI Research Committee, and Chair of ConneXions South Yorkshire.

My overseas experience includes research, teaching, and expert advice in China, South East Asia, and North America. I also helped establish the South East Europe Research Centre (a joint initiative of the University of Sheffield and CITY College Thessaloniki) and chaired its Steering Group.

I was appointed CBE in the 2014 New Year's Honours List for services to housing and the governance of charities. I was elected a Fellow of the RTPI in 2001 in recognition of my distinguished contribution to planning research. In 2004 I was elected as an Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences in recognition of my standing as a social scientist and contribution to public policy.

The University of Sheffield conferred the honorary degree of DLitt on me in 2013 in recognition of my research and public service. My latest book (see publications) won the RTPI award for Research Excellence in 2016.

Research interests

My current research covers two areas:

  • monitoring and evaluating government initiatives to create more corporate landlords and attract more institutional funding to the private rented housing sector,
  • the use of planning obligations to secure infrastructure for new developments including land and private finance for new affordable housing.

Edited books

Journal articles


Conference proceedings papers