- Professor in Housing Economics (Urban Studies)
- Director of the Centre for Public Policy (School of Social and Political Sciences)
- Housing markets and economics
- Urban housing systems
- Urban economics
- social housing and housing policy
Ken is a professor in the School of Social and Political Sciences in the subject area of Urban Studies. He has been a full time member of staff at the University in various guises since 1989. He was an ESRC research fellow until his appointment as a lecturer in 1994. After becoming a senior lecturer in 1999 and a Reader in 2001, he became a professor in 2006. Ken was also Head of the Department of Urban Studies from 2005 to 2010 and associate dean of the Faculty of Law, Business and Social Sciences in 2009-10. He is now Research Convenor of the School of Social and Political Sciences.
Ken's research interests are focused on the economic, financial and policy dimensions of housing. He has carried out research for government departments, ESRC, Jospeh Rowntree Foundation, trade bodies, the private sector and international organisations like OECD. His current interests are on the financing and economics of social and affordable housing, and, the application of behavioural economics to housing.
Ken is a managing editor of the Urban Studies journal and a trustee of the Urban Studies Foundation. He is president of RC43 (housing) of the International Sociological Association and is a former president of the European Real Estate Society. He sits on four editorial advisorial boards. He was a visiting professor to the University of Amsterdam in 2011. He is currently an advisor to the Scottish Parliament's Infrastructure and Capital Investment Committee.
After a period as chair of Sanctuary Scotland housing association, Ken is currently a non-executive director of Sanctuary housing association.
International Review of Financing Affordable Housing (Joseph Rowntree Foundation) with Duncan Maclennan (St Andrews) and Mark Stephens (Heriot Watt)
Reviewing Housing Benefit Reform Impacts on Social Tenants (Northern Ireland Housing Executive) With Newhaven Research and Chris Leishman (Heriot Watt)
Social Rent-setting in Northern Ireland (Northern Ireland Housing Executive) with Newhaven Research, Steve Wilcox (York), Allison Orr and Declan Redmond (UCD)
Housing Choice and Behavioural Economics (ASRF Seed Corn) with Moira Munro and Alex Marsh (Bristol)
Evaluating the Scottish Innovation Fund (Homes for Scotland) with Andrew Field, Karen Trouten and Robert McDowall
Local Housing Systems Analysis of Belfast
Northern Ireland Housing Executive
(with Newhaven Research)
Supply and Affordability Model of Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland Housing Executive/Department of Social Development
(with Chris Leishman, Newhaven Research and Oxford Economics)
Housing and Neighbourhoods Monitor
Joseph Rowntree Foundation
(with Cecilia Wong, University of Manchester and Stanley McGreal, University of Ulster)
Current Research Students (PhD)
Minh Ah Jung
- A comparative study of the effectiveness of housing allowances
- Informal urban housing in Mexico
Current University Roles
I am Research Convenor of the School of Social and Political Sciences.
I co-ordinate and facilitate Commonwealth Games legacy research within the University associated with the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
Consulting and Advice
I am advisor to the Scottish Parliament's Infrastructure and Capital Investment Committee
I have considerable experience of consultancy and advisory work in the housing sphere, including commissions for Glasgow Housing Association, the Scottish Executive, Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Scottish Federation of Housing Associations, DCLG, the World Bank, OECD, the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute and different local authorities and private sector bodies.
Academic and Professional Body Memberships
I am a non-executive director of Sanctuary housing association and former chairman of Sanctuary Scotland housing association and of Sanctuary Management Services. I am also a shareholder in Mortherwell football club.
- Gibb, K and Pryce, G (2013) - guest editors - special issue of Journal of Property Research: New Directions in Housing Economics
- Chen, Y, Gibb, K, Leishman, C and Wright, R (2012) ‘The Impact of Ageing on House Prices: A Micro Simulation Approach, Scottish Journal of Political Economy Vol. 59 (5) pp.523-42.
- Gibb, K (forthcoming, 2013) "Market Signals, Planning and Social Housing", Town Planning Review, Volume 84 (1).