Professor Donald Houston

Funding period: 1 September 2014 – 1 October 2016
Type of funding: Senior Research Fellowship

Donald was a senior Research Fellow in Urban Studies at the School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Glasgow. His research focused on labour market restructuring, welfare reform, environmental justice and urban sustainability. The main theme underlying this work was the social welfare implications of urban and regional change in Britain, particularly in relation to the labour market. Unpacking public policy discourses and assessing the social impacts of various policies formed important elements of the research. Specific research projects investigated the roles of migration, commuting, housing and social policy in producing and reinforcing social disadvantage in different spatial contexts. Latterly, his investigated the environmental justice implications of flooding in the UK.

Donald was appointed Professor of Geography and Head of Department at Portsmouth in 2016.

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Fellowship Publications

Sissons, P., & Houston, D. (2018). ‘Changes in transitions from private renting to homeownership in the context of rapidly rising house prices’, Housing Studies, 1–17. DOI: 10.1080/02673037.2018.1432754

Houston, D., & Reuschke, D. (2017). ‘City economies and microbusiness growth’, Urban Studies, 54/14: 3199–217. DOI: 10.1177/0042098016680520

Houston, D. (2016). ‘Urban flooding, vulnerability and justice’. Archer K. & Bezdecny K. (eds) Handbook of Cities and the Environment, pp. 243–62. Edward Elgar: Cheltenham.

Houston, D., & Tilleyed, S. (2016). ‘Fare’s fair? Concessionary travel policy and social justice’, Journal of Poverty and Social Justice, 24/2: 187–207. DOI: 10.1332/175982715X14418059634901

Fothergill, S., & Houston, D. (2016). ‘Are big cities really the motor of UK regional economic growth?’, Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society, 9/2: 319–34. DOI: 10.1093/cjres/rsw009

Tilley, S., & Houston, D. (2016). ‘The gender turnaround: Young women now travelling more than young men’, Journal of Transport Geography, 54: 349–58. DOI: 10.1016/j.jtrangeo.2016.06.022

Kampanellou, E., & Houston, D. (2016). ‘The health impacts of the contemporary manufacturing and service sectors on men and women’, Longitudinal and Life Course Studies, 7/4.

Reuschke, D., & Houston, D. (2016). ‘The importance of housing and neighbourhood resources for urban microbusinesses’, European Planning Studies, 24/6: 1216–35. DOI: 10.1080/09654313.2016.1168364

Houston, D. S., Reuschke, D., Sabater, A., Maynard, K., & Stewart, N. (2014). Gaps in the housing safety net. (Report for Shelter, London). Download here.