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Professor Alex Marsh

Professor Alex Marsh

Professor Alex Marsh
B.Sc.(Warw.), M.Soc.Sci.(Birm.)

Professor of Public Policy

Office Room 3G3, 12 Woodland Road
Social Science Complex,
8 Priory Road, Bristol BS8 1TZ
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+44 (0) 117 954 5584



Alex has been Professor of Public Policy since 2007. Between September 2007 and July 2015 he was Head of the School for Policy Studies.

He is leading the housing governance theme for the UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence (funded by ESRC/AHRC/JRF).

Between 2005 and 2009 Alex was a managing editor of Housing Studies. He continues as a member of the journal’s Management Board. He is currently the Chair of the Management Board of Policy & Politics and Chair of the Housing Studies Charitable Trust.

Between 2006 and 2010 Alex worked part-time as a Visiting Academic Consultant to the Public Law team at the Law Commission. His work with the Commission addressed compliance issues in the private rented sector and redress against public bodies.

From 2004 until 2012 Alex was a trustee of Brunelcare, a charity providing housing, care and support for older people. For six years he chaired Brunelcare's Audit and Scrutiny Committee. Between October 2013 and September 2018 he was a non-executive director of Curo Group, including chairing the governance and remuneration committee 2017-18. Since May 2019 he has been the independent chair of Bristol City Council's Housing Management Board. 


  • Public policy-making
  • Housing, economy and society
  • Public policy for a complex and uncertain world
  • The economics of public and social policy


My research activities have focused on various aspects of housing policy in the UK. I have been particularly concerned with policy and finance in the social housing sector and the regulation of private rented sector. My interest in housing policy is both substantive and for the insights it can offer into broader questions of policy-making and the policy process. My most recent book is a five volume collection entitled Housing Economics, edited for Sage with Ken Gibb of Glasgow University.

  • housing policy
  • housing economics and finance
  • theorizing the policy process
  • organisation and management in the public sector
  • social and private rented housing
  • economics and the policy process
  • Selected publications

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