National Homelessness Conference 2018
Prof Nicholas Pleace
Director of the Centre for Housing Policy, University of York
Professor Nicholas Pleace is Director of the Centre for Housing Policy at the University of York. He has been researching homelessness in the UK since the mid-1990s and has been part of the European Observatory on Homelessness, operating under the auspices of FEANTSA (the European Federation of Homelessness Organisations) since 2010. He is also a member of the Women's Homelessness in Europe Network (WHEN). His work has focused on the critical evaluation of strategies, programmes and individual service models designed to prevent, reduce and end homelessness.
Within the UK he has worked on homelessness with Crisis, Shelter, Centrepoint, Homeless Link, St Mungo's, Emmaus and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, along with central government, the National Health Service, and national agencies and governments in Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland. Outside the UK his work has included projects for the European Commission, FEANTSA, OECD, the Finnish and French governments, Focus Ireland and the Simon Communities of Ireland.
He also has interests in social housing, area and neighbourhood effects, big data, the measurement of homelessness, the metrics that are used to assess how successful homelessness services and programmes are, the financial costs of homelessness and the human experience and human costs of homelessness.