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School of Health and Society

Professor Philip Brown

Professor of Social Change; Director of the Centre for Applied Research in Health, Welfare and Policy (CARe); Director of the Sustainable Housing & Urban Studies Unit (SHUSU)


Philip is the Director of the Centre for Applied Research in Health, Welfare and Policy (CARe) and also leads the Sustainable Housing & Urban Studies Unit (SHUSU). Philip joined the University of Salford in 2005 as a Research Fellow and developed a programme of work which aimed to understand and contribute to alleviating the housing inequalities experienced by members of particular marginalised communities. Since this time he has led and delivered a wide range of projects for a range of funders including: the ESRC, EPSRC, European Commission, UK Government departments and devolved administrations, local authorities, housing organisations, charities and private sector organisations. He has broad experience and interests working in fields as diverse as social inclusion, migration, homelessness, fuel poverty, energy efficiency and regeneration.


Post-graduate supervision

  • Homelessness,
  • Housing inequalities,
  • Gypsy,
  • Roma and Traveller inclusion,
  • Refugee and migration studies,
  • Fuel poverty.

Research Interests

Philip has undertaken research across the broad fields of social exclusion and belonging. He has specific reserach interests in: housing; identity, migration; nomadism; and, life history research. Philip has experience of both quantitative and qualitative research methods. He has undertaken researrch funded by the European Commission on the inclusion of Roma across the EU, by the UKs Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) on the topic of Multiple Exclusion Homelessness, and for the Engineering and Physcial Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) on the issue of fuel poverty. He has also led studies funded by a range of organisations including housing associations, local government, central government, regional assemblies and various other agencies. He has been supported by the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust (JRCT) on a number of occasions on projects which focus on members of Roma communities who have settled in the UK.

Qualifications and Memberships

  • BSc. (Hons.) Psychology – First Class. The University of Huddersfield 1999.
  • PG Cert Social Research and Evaluation. The University of Huddersfield 2004.
  • PhD Psychology. The University of Huddersfield 2005
  • Chartered Member of the British Psychological Society
  • Non-Executive Director - Rochdale Boroughwide Homes
  • Housing Studies Association (HSA) - Executive Committee member


Martin, P., Scullion, L. and Brown, P. (2017) “We don’t rely on benefits”: challenging mainstream narratives towards Roma migrants in the UK. In J. Hudson, C. Needham and E. Heins (Eds.) Social Policy Review 29, Policy Press (Pp. 199-217).

Brown, P., Sharman, H. and Sherriff, G (2017) Meeting workforce needs?: developing and delivering education for ‘Sustainable Communities’ in W. L. Filho (Ed.) Sustainable Development Research at Universities in the United Kingdom: Approaches, Methods and Projects, World Sustainability Series, Springer International Publishing. (pp. 381-395). doi 10.1007/978-3-319-47883-8_22

Brown, P. (2016) Right time, right place? The experiences of rough sleepers and practitioners in the receipt and delivery of personalised budgets. In M. Fenger, J. Hudson and C. Needham (Eds.). Social Policy Review 28, Policy Press (pp. 191-210)

Scullion, L and Brown, P, (2016) Understanding the Social Exclusion of Roma, in A. Ahmed and M. Rogers (Eds.) Working with Marginalised Groups: From Policy to Practice. Palgrave

Brown, P., Dwyer, P., Martin, P., Scullion, L. and Turley, H. (2015) Rights, responsibilities and redress? Research on policy and practices for Roma inclusion in ten Member States. Final research report. University of Salford.

Complete list

Postgraduate research

  • Homelessness,
  • Housing inequalities,
  • Gypsy, Roma and Traveller inclusion,
  • Refugee and migration studies,
  • Fuel poverty.