Dr Peter Mackie

Dr Peter Mackie

Reader

School of Geography and Planning

Email:
mackiep@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 6223
Location:
Room 2.97, Glamorgan Building, King Edward VII Avenue, Cardiff, CF10 3WT

Dr Peter Mackie is a Senior Lecturer at Cardiff University in the School of Geography and Planning, where his research and teaching focus on two broad themes. Firstly, he is a leading expert in the field of housing and homelessness in a developed world context. His research in this area has focussed on examining rights-based approaches as a potential solution to housing poverty. His work in this field has had a significant impact on government homelessness policy in the developed world. Secondly, he has a keen and long-standing interest in urban livelihoods and the informal economy. Within this broad theme he has explored issues of child labour, rights to public space, access to microfinance, and livelihoods during conflict and crises. In all of Peter’s research he has sought to understand the experiences of people in poverty from their own perspectives by adopting and developing participatory research methods. He is also increasingly engaged in data linkage with administrative data sets.

His research is funded by a range of organisations, including; ESRC, DFID, British Academy, International Institute for Economic Development, Welsh Government, local authorities, charities, Big Lottery and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. Peter is a member of the Royal Geographical Society (with Institute of British Geographers) and he is currently the FEANTSA Research advisor for the UK, an advisor to the Centre for Homelessness Impact, convenor of the Wales Housing Research Network (@WISERD), and Director of the Welsh Hub of the UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence.

Qualifications

  • PhD in Human Geography (thesis title: Children in informal trading: Cusco, Peru), University of Wales Swansea (2003 - 2007)
  • BSc Human Geography, University of Wales Swansea (2000 - 2003)

External Activity

  • Review Editor, International Journal of Housing Research, 2012 - 2019
  • Member, Welsh Government Ministerial Advisory Group on Welsh Homelessness Guidance, 2012
  • Member, Welsh Government Ministerial Advisory Group on Rough Sleepers, 2012
  • Vice Chair of Board, Llamau, 2009 - present

Honours and awards

  • National Council for Geographic Education Journal of Geography Award for Best Secondary Teaching Article, 2018
  • Cardiff University Innovation and Impact Award, 2016
  • Royal Society Dudley Stamp Memorial Prize, 2004
  • Royal Geographical society Slawson Award, 2004

Professional memberships

  • Associate of the Higher Education Authority
  • Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)

Academic positions

  • Honorary Research Fellow in the School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society, Heriot Watt University (2018 - present)
  • Senior Lecturer, Cardiff University (2015 - present)
  • Lecturer, Cardiff University (2009 - 2015)
  • Senior Research Officer, Shelter Cymru (2008 - 2009)
  • Research and Evaluation Officer, Shelter Cymru (2007 - 2008)
  • Researcher, Opinion Research Services (2006 - 2007)
  • Tutor, University of Wales Swansea (2003 - 2006)

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Research Groups

Interests / Areas of Expertise

  • Housing Policy
  • Homelessness Policy and Law
  • Urban livelihoods and the informal economy
  • Participatory research methods

Peter's research focuses on three broad themes. Firstly, he has a keen interest in urban livelihoods and the informal economy, focussing on the use of public space, conflicts with government and the potential of rights based approaches to address issues of exclusion. Secondly, he is a leading expert in the field of housing and homelessness in a developed world context. His research in this area has focussed on the housing pathways of very vulnerable people and again he has examined rights-based approaches as a potential solution to housing poverty. Children and young people have been a key focus in Peter's urban livelihoods studies and his housing and homelessness research, hence this constitutes the third theme of Peter's research. In all of Peter's research he has sought to understand the experiences of people in poverty from their own perspectives by adopting and developing participatory research methods, including the peer approach.

Projects

2017: Ending Rough Sleeping: What Works? An International Evidence Review. Funded by Crisis.

2017 - present: UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence. Funded by ESRC, JFR, AHRC.

2016 - 2017: Urban refugee economies in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Funded by IIED.

2015 - 2018: Economic Recovery in Post-Conflict Cities: the Role of the Urban Informal Economy. Funded by ESRC-DFID.

2014: Intervention inequality? Experiences of Single Homelessness in Great Britain. Funded by Crisis.

2013 - 2015: Improving Microfinance Regulation to Support Growth and Innovation in Micro-enterprise. Funded by ESRC-DFID.

2013 - 2018: Administrative Data Research Centre Wales (ADRC Wales). Funded by ESRC.

2013 - 2015: Inclusive growth: improving microfinance regulation to support growth and innovation in micro-enterprise. Funded by ESRC-DFID.

2012 - 2013: Interim Evaluation of the Social Housing Regulatory Framework. Funded by Welsh Government.

2011 - 2012: Review of homelessness legislation in Wales. Funded by Welsh Government.

2011: Stakeholder perspectives on the homelessness legislation in Wales. Funded by Welsh Government.

2010 - 2013: Rights in the city: developing pro-poor policies with street-traders in Latin America. Funded by British Academy.

2010 - 2011: Research into an approach to the housing, social care & support needs of young homelessness persons and young persons leaving care in Torfaen. Funded by Torfaen County Borough Council.

2009 - 2012: Young people and housing: challenges and solutions for 2020. Funded by Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

2009 - 2010: Equal opportunities and diversity in Caerphilly Audit. Funded by Welsh Council for Voluntary Action.

2008 - 2009: The housing and homelessness experiences of A8 migrant workers living in Wales. Funded by Big Lottery Research Programme.

2008: Family experiences of accessing Disabled Facilities Grants: a collaborative research study in Wales and Northern Ireland. Funded by Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

2007: Research into the housing needs of vulnerable young people in Rhondda Cynon Taf. Funded by Fframwaith Rhondda Cynon Taf Children and Young People's Partnership.

PhD supervision

Potential PhD students are encouraged to discuss possible PhD proposals with Dr Mackie in relation to any of his research interests. Recent students include:

  • Housing and homelessness: Yamen Al Betawi, Agustin Cocola Gant, Rebecca Jackson, Edith England, Hannah Browne Gott, Jake Wilkinson, Kevin Williams
  • Informal economies: Ademola Omoegun, Natalia Stutter, Najia Zaidi, Jimly Al Farabi
  • Other: Hannah Pitt