P Brown

Professor Philip Brown

Director of the Centre for Applied Research in Health, Welfare and Policy (CARe)


Having previously worked as a Residential Social Worker in Leeds City Council and then a lecturer at The University of Huddersfield. Philip joined the University in 2005 as a Research Fellow in the Sustainable Housing & Urban Studies Unit where he became Director in 2012. Philip is now Director of the Centre for Applied Research in Health, Welfare and Policy (CARe) and Director of the Sustainable Housing & Urban Studies Unit at the University of Salford. He has led and delivered a wide range of projects for the private and public sector, charitable bodies and European Commission. These projects typically aim to identify and assess the impact of specific policy initiatives over a variety of topic areas. He has broad experience having worked in fields as diverse as social inclusion, migration, homelessness, fuel poverty, energy efficiency and regeneration. Philip is a Chartered Psychologist of the British Psychological Society and has been a member of the Economic and Social Research Council’s (ESRC) Peer Review College.


Supervision of Masters and Doctoral level students.

Research Interests

Philip has research interests at the methodological level, in particular narrative research and community based research methods. He also has a range of interests at the subject level, these include: sustainability, fuel poverty, migrant integration, homelessness and migration.

Qualifications and Memberships

BSc. (Hons.) Psychology – First Class. The University of Huddersfield 1999.

PG Cert Social Research and Evaluation. The University of Huddersfield 2003.

PhD Psychology. The University of Huddersfield. Thesis title: Life in Dispersal: Narratives of Asylum, Identity and Community 2005.

Member of the European Academic Network of Romani Studies.

Non-Executive Board Member of Rochdale Boroughwide Housing (RBH).


Swan, W and Brown, P (Eds). (2013) Retrofitting the Built Environment. Wiley-Blackwell.

Brown, P., Swan, W. and Chahal, S. (2014) Retrofitting social housing: reflections by tenants on adopting and living with retrofit technology, Energy Efficiency. Published Online January 2014.

Brown, P., Martin, P. and Scullion, L. (2014) Migrant Roma in the United Kingdom and the need to estimate population size, People, Place and Policy, 8, 1, 19-33.

Scullion, L., Somerville, P., Brown, P. and Morris, G (2015) Changing homelessness services in Stoke-on-Trent: revanchism, ‘professionalisation’ and resistance. Health & Social Care in the Community. 23(4), 419–427

Swan, W., Fitton, R., Brown, P. (2015) A UK practitioner view of domestic energy performance measurement, Proceedings of the ICE - Engineering Sustainability, 10.1680/ensu.14.00056

Whittle,N., Peris, E., Condie, J.,Woodcock, J., Brown, P., Moorhouse, A.T., Waddington, D.C. and Steele, A. (2015) Development of a social survey for the study of vibration annoyance in residential environments: Good practice guidance, Applied Acoustics, 87, 83-93.