Professor Peter Kemp

Peter Kemp

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Peter A. Kemp is Professor of Public Policy and Vice-Dean for Academic Affairs in the Blavatnik School of Government, a member of the Oxford Institute of Social Policy and a senior research fellow of Green Templeton College.

Before moving to the Blavatnik School, Peter was the Barnett Professor of Social Policy and Head of the Department of Social Policy at Oxford. He received his DPhil from the University of Sussex in 1984 and held professorial chairs at the Universities of York and Glasgow before coming to Oxford in 2006.

Peter’s main area of research is housing and housing policy, particularly housing allowances and private rental housing. He has also undertaken research on homelessness and on welfare and work. His research includes historical and comparative perspectives as well as theory and policy analysis.

For many years, Peter has contributed to policy debates on housing allowance reform and private renting. He has been consulted by officials in Britain and overseas, and was special advisor to the House of Commons Select Committee’s Inquiry into the Local Housing Allowance (2009/10). He was a member of the Department for Work and Pensions’ Housing Benefit Reform Programme Board (2002 to 2006) and its Housing Benefit Strategy Committee (2006 to 2010). He was elected to the Academy of Social Sciences in 2011.

Peter Kemp's key areas of research focus are (click to expand):

Housing and housing policy
Welfare reform