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Chris Blundell

Chris Blundell

PhD Student: Addressing housing shortages through large scale, sustainable and affordable housing


Biography:

Chris has had a 40 year career in the development and management of affordable housing, predominantly in the UK but including six years in the academic sector in Hong Kong. He has recently joined the Department of Land Economy as a part time PhD Student.

Chris’s research interests are in the development, financing and governance of large scale new communities as a way to address chronic housing shortages through the development of higher quality, more sustainable and more affordable places to live. In 2014, he was a finalist in the Wolfson Economics Prize, addressing the challenge of delivering new Garden Cities which are visionary, economically viable and popular, and he has been active in promoting new approaches to development and governance for high quality and sustainable urban settlements. Chris has also had a keen interest in innovative methods of construction since taking part in a DTI Industrial Technology Mission to Canada in 2000 to research Canadian methods of offsite and engineered housing production.

Chris has Masters degrees in public administration (housing policy), property development and investment, and building conservation, as well as an MBA studied in Hong Kong. He is a Fellow of the RICS, the Chartered Institute of Housing and the Royal Geographic Society, and a Member of the Town and Country Planning Association. His past research has focused on housing policy in the UK and Hong Kong, and he is an external examiner for housing degrees in the UK and Hong Kong, as well as a Trustee of the RICS Research Trust.