Kent Law School

Critical perspectives research led teaching




Helen's research interests lie primarily in the fields of Housing, Social Welfare and Public Law. She is interested in the regulation of the poor especially the homeless, the asylum seeker, the anti-social and those in need of care. Helen is particularly concerned with the gendered and racialised dimensions of regulation. She is currently completing a book on the governance of housing from the 1830s.

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Kirton-Darling, E. et al. (2018). Health and Safety at Home and paying for fire safety. Journal of Housing Law 21.
Cowan, D., Carr, H. and Wallace, A. (2018). Thank Heavens for the lease: Histories of Shared Ownnership. Housing Studies [Online] 33:855-875. Available at:
Carr, H., Cowan, D. and Wallace, A. (2017). Producing the Product: A Case Study of Law and Its Absence. Journal of Law and Society [Online] 44:S93-S110. Available at:
Carr, H. (2017). Grenfell tower and the failure of Fire and Building Regulations. Journal of Housing Law [written report].
Cowan, D. and Carr, H. (2016). What's the use of a hashtag? A case study. Journal of Law and Society [Online] 43:416-443. Available at:
Carr, H. and Cowan, D. (2015). The Social Tenant, the Law and the UK's Politics of Austerity. Oñati Socio-legal Series [Online] 5:73-89. Available at:
Carr, H. and Wong, S. (2014). Feminist approaches to property law research. Property Law Review 3:247-255.
Carr, H. (2013). Utopias, Dystopias and the Temporalities of Social Housing: a case study of the Spa Green Estate London UK. Australian Feminist Law Journal 38.
Carr, H. and Hunter, C. (2012). Are Judicial Approaches to Adult Social Care at a Dead-End? Social and Legal Studies [Online] 21:73-92. Available at:
Carr, H. (2012). Rational men and difficult women – R (on the application of McDonald) v. Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea [2011] UKSC 33. Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law [Online] 34:219-230. Available at:
Carr, H. and Dearden, N. (2012). Research-led Teaching, Vehicular Ideas and the Feminist Judgments Project. Law Teacher [Online] 46:268-280. Available at:
Carr, H. and Hunter, C. (2012). Unravelling Law's Kinning Practices: Feminism, Fictive Families and the Albert Kennedy Trust. Feminist Legal Studies [Online] 20:105-120. Available at:
Carr, H. (2011). The Right to Buy, the Leaseholder, and the Impoverishment of Ownership. Journal of Law and Society [Online] 38:519-541. Available at:
Carr, H. (2010). Looking Again at Discipline and Gender: Theoretical Concerns and Possibilities In the Study of Anti-Social Behaviour Initiatives. Social Policy and Society:77-87.
Book section
Carr, H. (2018). Law and the Precarious Home: a case study of thermal inefficiency in English Homes. in: Carr, H., Edgeworth, B. and Hunter, C. eds. Law and the Precarious Home: Soci-Legal Perspectives on the Home in Insecure Times. Hart Publishing. Available at:
Carr, H. (2017). Room to live? Socio-legal reflections on the United Kingdom's politics of housing space. in: Davidson, N. and Mistry, N. eds. Law between builidngs: Emergent global perspectives in urban law. Routledge. Available at:
Carr, H. (2017). Statutory overcrowding standards and England's crisis of housing space. in: Bevir, M., McKee, K. and Matthews, P. eds. Decentring Urban Governance: Narratives, resistance and contestation. Routledge. Available at:
Carr, H. (2016). Legal technology in an age of austerity: Documentation, 'functional' incontinence and the problem of dignity. in: Cowan, D. and Wincott, D. eds. Exploring the 'Legal' in Socio-Legal Studies. London: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 204-224.
Carr, H. (2016). Caring at the borders of the human: companion animals and the homeless. in: Harding, R., Fletcher, R. and Beasley, C. eds. Revaluing care in theory, law and policy. Routledge. Available at:
Wong, S. and Carr, H. (2015). Feminist Approaches to Property Law Research. in: Blandy, S. and Bright, S. eds. Researching Property Law. Palgrave, pp. 164-179. Available at:
Carr, H. (2013). Housing the Vulnerable Subject: the English Context. in: Fineman, M. and Grear, A. eds. Vulnerability: Reflections on a New Ethical Foundation for Law and Politics. Ashgate, pp. 107-124. Available at:
Cowan, D., Wallace, A. and Carr, H. (2015). Exploring experiences of shared ownership housing : reconciling owning and renting. -.
Conference or workshop item
Carr, H. et al. (2018). Communicating Research: From Idea to Impact. in: Maximise Your Research Impact 2018.
Brayne, H. and Carr, H. (2012). Law for Social Workers. oxford: Oxford University Press.
Edited book
Carr, H., Edgeworth, B. and Hunter, C. eds. (2018). Law and the Precarious Home: Socio Legal Perspectives on the Home in Insecure Times. [Online]. Hart Publishing. Available at:
Research report (external)
Carr, H. (2013). Renting Homes in Wales. [Online]. Law Commision. Available at:
Carr, H. (2011). Book Review: After Sovereignty. Social and Legal Studies [Online] 20:561-564. Available at:
Carr, H. (2010). Book Review: The Legal Tender of Gender. Feminist Legal Studies [Online] 18:191-194. Available at:
Confidential report
Kirton-Darling, E. et al. (2017). Closing the Gaps: Health and Safety in Housing. Shelter.
Kirton-Darling, E. and Carr, H. (2016). Homeless Veterans in London: Investigating Housing Responsibilities. Veterans Advisory and Pensions Committee, London region.
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Teaching and Supervision

Undergraduate Modules

  • Legal Process (LW308)
  • Property Law (LW501)
  • Constitutional and Administrative Law (LW503)
  • Public Law 1
  • Public Law 2
  • Director of Learning and Teaching


Helen is happy to supervise work in the areas of Social Welfare and Housing.

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Other Academic Activities

Editorial Work

Feminist Legal Studies - Editorial Collective member 2006 to date. Book reviews editor 2010-

Professional Societies

  • Law Society
  • Socio-Legal Studies Association Ordinary member from 2000 (Member of Executive 2001 - 4 and 2006 -7)
  • Legal Action Board (Member of Board 2002 - 7)
  • Canterbury Housing Advice Centre (Board member 2007 ongoing)

External Appointments

  • Chairman of Residential Property Tribunal (part time),
  • Honorary Legal Advisor to the Social Fund Independent Review Service.


Deputy Director of Teaching and Learning

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