Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

Sociology and Social Policy

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Professor Malcolm Harrison

Emeritus Professor

Having researched and taught at Leeds University since the 1970s, I retired from my post as Professor of Housing and Social Policy in 2010.

I remain active as a writer and researcher, and retain strong academic links with the School of Sociology and Social Policy.

Research Interests

Two analytical enterprises are currently ongoing, covering the new behaviourism of UK social policy and the ‘real third way’.

My most recent research project contributions have involved participation in two Joseph Rowntree Foundation investigations in Bradford, on bringing communities together and on ethnicity and poverty.


Although no longer an undergraduate teacher, I play a role with some higher degree candidates currently working towards completion, and remain keenly supportive of efforts to develop postdoctoral collaborations.  In 2011 I am helping plan a new researchers day-workshop and edited collection around behaviourism in social policy.

PhD Supervision

PhD candidates for whom I am a supervisor are working on issues related to the participation and empowerment of elders, the meanings and practices of participation in a disadvantaged housing area, and the issue of vulnerability as seen from grass roots and official perspectives.

Key Publications

Recent contributions include:

Harrison, M. and Phillips, D. (2010), ‘Housing and neighbourhoods: a UK and European perspective’, in Bloch, A. and Solomos, J. (eds.), Race and ethnicity in the 21st Century, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 18-38. [Book chapter]

Phillips, D. and Harrison, M. (2010), ‘Constructing an integrated society: historical lessons for tackling black and minority ethnic housing segregation in Britain’, Housing Studies, 25, 2, pp. 221-235. [Journal paper]

Phillips, D., Athwal, B., Harrison, M., Robinson, D., Bashir, N. and Atkinson, J. (2010), Neighbourhood, community and housing in Bradford: how community-based forums can be used to promote shared understanding between new migrants and settled groups, Final Report for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, November; available at www.jrf.org.uk.  [Research report]

Harrison, M. (2009), ‘UK migrant and minority ethnic groups: housing experiences, policy responses and the research agenda’, in Vitorino, A. (ed.), Migrations: opportunity or threat?  Housing and health in the integration of immigrants, Fundacao Calouste Gulbenkian, Cascais, Portugal: Principia, pp. 58-92. [Book chapter]

Harrison, M. (2009), ‘New contexts, new challenges: revisiting equal opportunities, particularism and ethnic relations’, People, Place & Policy Online, 3, 3. [Journal paper]


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