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Conceptualising the bounded agency of housing researchers: the case of housing market renewal in England

Lookup NU author(s): Dr David Webb


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Academic research on urban systems has recently come under criticism for its role in the promotion and justification of certain forms of state policy. This critical literature on research impact has identified increased client control of research agendas and processes. However, this paper argues that a rigorous conceptualisation is also needed of the precise ways in which urban researchers are themselves able to mould and establish new policy agendas. To this end, it offers a genealogical inquiry into the discursive resources drawn on by housing researchers in a bid to attain agency and direct government policy on housing market renewal. In contrast with representations of housing research as rational and objective, this account offers a means of reconceptualising applied research as a political practice of working within bounded agency spaces.

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Author(s): Webb D

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: International Journal of Housing Policy

Year: 2012

Volume: 12

Issue: 3

Pages: 315-330

Print publication date: 10/09/2012

ISSN (print): 1461-6718

ISSN (electronic): 1473-3269

Publisher: Routledge


DOI: 10.1080/14616718.2012.709670

Notes: Special Issue: Housing and Urban Restructuring Programmes: Epistemological, Policy and Theoretical Reflections


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