University of St Andrews



Kim is Director of the Centre for Housing Research, Managing Editor, journal of Housing Studies, member of the ESRC Peer Review College, editorial board member for Housing Theory & Society, and past Chair and Executive Committee member (2008-15) of the Housing Studies Association.  She joined the university in 2010, having previously held a prestigious Urban Studies fellowship at the University of Glasgow (2007-10) exploring political geographies of the city.  Kim has an inter-disciplinary background with a PhD and MRes in Urban Studies.




Research Interests

My inter-disciplinary qualitative research interests cross-cut Urban Geography, Social Policy and Sociology.  Expertise includes:

  • Housing Inequalities (social, spatial & generational)
  • Housing and Young People
  • Low-income Housing
  • Governance and Governmentality

My work combines an interest in social theory with processes of policy and governance, engaging with international debates on Foucauldian governmentality theory and urban inequalities.  I have published over 30 peer-reviewed journal articles and my research has been supported by a range of academic, public and voluntary sector funders.

Current projects include:


Teaching Interests

  • GG3232 Housing, Community & Social-Spatial Justice (module co-ordinator) 
  • SG3201 Method, Field, Data: unit 2 Qualitative Methods for Social Scientists (unit co-ordinator)
  • GG2012 Cultural Geography
  • GG4222 Advanced Qualitative Analysis
  • Supervise dissertation and review essays in field of urban social geography and/or qualitative methods.

Postgraduate Students

  • Megan Carras (Tiny Homes)
  • Rachel Creaney (Health Smart Homes)

Past Students

  • Lorenzo Pergola (Cultural Activies in Cities)