Professor Alan Murie
Centre for Urban and Regional Studies
Alan Murie is Emeritus Professor of Urban and Regional Studies at the Centre for Urban and Regional Studies, University of Birmingham. He was Director of CURS for the period 1995-2000 and was Head of the School of Public Policy at the University of Birmingham from 2003 to 2006.
Previous posts include Professor of Planning and Housing, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh (1990-95) and lecturer, senior lecturer and reader in Urban Studies, School for Advanced Urban Studies, University of Bristol. He has also held visiting professorships at the Universities of Utrecht and Amsterdam and City University Hong Kong.
Alan Murie has more than thirty years experience of research on housing and related topics. He has completed research for a wide range of organisations: the Economic and Social Research Council, the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, the Northern Ireland Housing Executive, Welsh Assembly Government, the Scottish Office and Scottish Homes, the Housing Corporation, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and individual local authorities and housing associations. He has also been a participant in major research projects funded by the European Union. His research work has particularly related to the changing housing situation and housing policy in the UK and other countries. This has referred in particular to privatisation of public housing, the residualisation of social rented housing, differences within the home ownership sector and changing demand for housing in the UK. He is the author of key texts related to housing and was the founder editor of the journal Housing Studies.
He is a Fellow of the Royal Society and an elected member of the Academy of Learned Societies in the Social Sciences. Alan is currently Chair of Optima Community Association.