Peter Kemp


Peter A. Kemp is the Vice-Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Public Policy. He is also a member of the Oxford Institute of Social Policy.

Before moving to the Blavatnik School, he was the Barnett Professor of Social Policy and Head of the Department of Social Policy at Oxford. In previous posts he was Professor of Social Policy and Director of the Social Policy Research Unit at the University of York; the Professor of Housing and Social Policy at the University of Glasgow; and the inaugural Joseph Rowntree Professor of Housing Policy and founding Director of the Centre for Housing Policy at the University of York.

Peter’s main area of research is housing and housing policy, particularly housing allowances and private rental housing. He has also undertaken research on welfare reform and on homelessness. He was elected to the Academy of Social Sciences in 2011. For many years, Peter has contributed to policy debates on housing allowance reform and private renting. He has been consulted by officials in Britain and overseas and was special advisor to the House of Commons Select Committee’s Inquiry into the Local Housing Allowance.

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