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Professor Helen Carr

Professor of Law

Kent Law School


Kent housing law expert, Professor Helen Carr has co-authored a report that examines the practices of shared ownership in the UK.

The report, ‘Reconciling owning and renting in shared ownership housing: Moving forward’, was launched in the House of Lords in June 2015.The research examines how buyers, lenders and providers understand the hybrid model of shared ownership, focusing on how buyers see themselves and their motivations for buying.

Professor Carr'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. She is particularly concerned with the gendered and racialised dimensions of regulation.

She also sits as a part-time judge with the First Tier Tribunal (Property) Chamber and is currently a member of a Civil Justice Council working group on property dispute resolution. She has worked with the Welsh government on proposals to reform housing law and the Renting Homes (Wales) Bill is currently going through the National Assembly.

Professor Carr is completing two books, one on the governance of housing from the 1830s, provisionally entitled Sex, space and squalor: Framing affordable housing and one co-authored with Professor Caroline Hunter at York University on homelessness. Other published books include: Law for Social Workers 11th revised edition, Skills for Law Students and Using the Housing Act 2004: a practical guide.

She recently convened a two-day workshop, with Professor Caroline Hunter and Professor Brendan Edgeworth of New South Wales University, on the precarious home at the Oñati International Institute for the Sociology of Law.


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Last Updated: 05/08/2015

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