Dave Cowan

Dave CowanProfessor of Law and Policy

Contact Details

Room: 3.45, Wills Memorial Building
Telephone: 0117 954 5224
E-mail: D.S.Cowan@bristol.ac.uk

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Research Interests

Dave Cowan studied law at Southampton, graduating in 1989. He worked as a Research Assistant at the Law Commission (1990-1991), before becoming a Lecturer at Southampton University (1991-1993), Sussex University (1993-1995), and then Bristol University (1995-). He teaches Property Law and his own optional units, Welfare Housing and Complaints and their Redress.

Dave's research is mostly socio-legal, and focuses on social theory and the housing system(s). His books include Homelessness: The (In)Appropriate Applicant (Dartmouth, 1997), Housing Law and Policy (MacMillan, 1999), as well as co-authored books, The Appeal of Internal Review (Hart, 2003), Regulating Social Housing: Governing Decline (Glasshouse, 2005) and Regulating Renting: Governing the Private Rented Sector (Routledge, 2007).

Dave has conducted and managed research funded by the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, the Nuffield Foundation, and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. He was Vice-Chair of the Socio-Legal Studies Association from 2001-2003, and a member of the Civil Justice Council's Housing and Land Sub-Committee from 2000-2004. He is a member of the editorial boards of the Journal of Law and Society, Policy and Politics, and is currently an editor of Social and Legal Studies.

Dave is a Visiting Academic Consultant at the Law Commission, 2005-2007, working on projects concerning housing adjudication and compliance.