Dr Martin Field is Senior Researcher with the Collaborative Centre for the Built Environment / Centre for Place, Space and Wellbeing at the University of Northampton. He is one of the team tutors on MA and MSc courses, and is supervising a new PhD study relating to housing retrofit issues.
Martin joined the University in 2011 following senior positions in the local authority sector covering housing strategy, management and new-build development roles; development posts with regional housing associations and with the third sector; plus regional positions with East Midlands Development Agency and a secondment to the Homes & Community Agency and the Housing Corporation.
Martin has a long-term commitment to housing and neighbourhood well-being being led from the grassroots up – the subject of his PhD – informed by a range of practical experience from work and other engagements with community enterprise groups, and a range of community-led housing initiatives. His recent papers, publications and two books have focused upon the dynamics of contemporary house-building, and on the problems of the UK housing market. He is an Executive Committee Member of the Housing Studies Association, and a Board Member of the Confederation of Co-operative Housing.