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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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 Dearden, N. (2012). Research-led Teaching, Vehicular Ideas and the Feminist Judgments Project. Law Teacher [Online] 46:268-280. 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 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. 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. (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.
Carr, H. (2008). Challenging times: Decent Homes and Service Charges. Journal of Housing Law.
Carr, H. and Hunter, C. (2008). Managing vulnerability: homelessness law and the interplay of the social, the political and the technical. Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law [Online] 30:293-307. Available at:
Cowan, D. and Carr, H. (2008). Actor Network Theory- Implementation and the Private Landlord. Journal of Law and Society [Online] 35:149-166. Available at:
Book section
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. (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:
Carr, H. and Rhodes, D. (2010). Property Law entries. in: Penguin Dictonary of Law. Penguin.
Carr, H. and Hunter, C. (2010). YL v. Birmingham City Council and others. in: Hunter, R., McGlynn, C. and Rackley, E. eds. Feminist Judgements from Theory to Practice. Hart, pp. 318-328.
Carr, H. and Buck, T. (2009). Judicial review and the social fund. in: Buck, T. ed. The Social Fund: law and practice. Sweet and Maxwell Ltd.
Cowan, D., Wallace, A. and Carr, H. (2015). Exploring experiences of shared ownership housing : reconciling owning and renting. -.
Brayne, H. and Carr, H. (2012). Law for Social Workers. oxford: Oxford University Press.
Brayne, H. and Carr, H. (2010). Law for Social Workers 11th revised edition. oxford: Oxford University Press.
Carr, H., Carter, S. and Horsey, K. (2009). Skills for Law Students. Oxford University Press.
Carr, H., Cottle, S. and Ormandy, D. (2008). Using the Housing Act 2004: a practical guide. Jordans Ltd.
Barker, N. et al. (2008). Response to the DWP consultation paper: No one written off: reforming welfare to reward responsibility. [internet]. Available at:
Research report (external)
Carr, H. (2013). Renting Homes in Wales . [Online]. Law Commision. Available at:
Carr, H., Cowan, D. and Hunter, C. (2010). Tenure Rights and Responsibilities. [Online]. JRF Programme Paper: Housing Market Taskforce, York: Joseph Rowntree Foundation. 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:
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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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