About

I started this blog as somewhere to comment on issues that are in the news and on my mind.

The blog also brings together in one place posts that first appeared elsewhere on the web.  I have posted on sites including Liberal Democrat Voice, the Guardian Housing Network blog, LSE British Politics & Policy blog, LSE Impact of Social Sciences blog, The Conversation UK, and the PolicyBristol hub. Cross-posts from other sites were pretty regular when I started out. They are now rather less frequent.

Posts that started life here appear quite regularly at Guerilla Policy. My posts have been reblogged to other blog sites including Pieria, Democratic Audit, and the Public Finance blog.

Outside the blogosphere I am Professor of Public Policy and Head of the School for Policy Studies at the University of Bristol. My research interests encompass UK housing policy; housing economics and housing markets; the economics of social and public policy; public management; and theorizing the policy process. My publications include papers in journals such as Housing Studies, Policy & Politics, Local Government Studies and New Political Economy. I have edited four books. Most recently, I co-edited the Sage Library in Housing Economics with Professor Ken Gibb of Glasgow University. To find out a bit more you can head to my university website here or my personal site: alex-marsh.net

I am on the editorial boards of the academic journals Housing Studies and Policy & Politics.

I was, for the period 2004-2012, a trustee of Brunelcare. I am a trustee of the Housing Studies Charitable Trust. I am a member of Equality Bristol a local group associated with, but independent of, The Equality Trust. In October 2013 I joined the board of Curo Group as a Non-Executive Director.

I’m also a black belt in karate and a long distance runner.

Material related to all these topics should feature on this blog somewhere.

I’d very much like to hear your thoughts on the material I post here. So I welcome your comments on the posts – even if you want to take me to task about something.

If you’ve got any thoughts about the blog that you’d like to share then please send me an email at alex.marsh [at] bristol.ac.uk. Alternatively, you can leave a comment at the bottom of this page.

Warning:

Everything and anything published on this blog is my personal opinion, hopefully informed by some professional and/or personal knowledge of what I’m talking about. Nothing published here should be taken as representative of the policy or views of any of the organisations with which I am associated.

Each post is a reflection of my views on a topic at a particular point in time. It is quite possible that my views will change and move on over time, once I’ve spent more time thinking about the issue. Posts on similar topics at different times may therefore develop different lines of argument.

I am not responsible for the content of any external website to which this blog links.

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