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University of Lincoln
Brayford Pool
United Kingdom

About Peter Somerville

I originally studied philosophy and social science, eventually gaining a DPhil from the University of Sussex in the history and philosophy of science. I then embarked on a career in housing management, which lasted 9 years, and culminated in a post where I was responsible for managing over 6,000 homes. I returned to academia as a lecturer in housing studies and built a career in housing research, which later extended into areas of social policy, community development and politics. My latest book, co-edited with Gary Bosworth, on ‘Interpreting Rurality’, was published by Routledge at the end of 2013 and a major theoretical article, on ‘Understanding homelessness’, was published in Housing, Theory and Society earlier the same year.

Department Responsibilities

I am Director of the Policy Studies Research Centre (PSRC), which is based primarily in the School of Social and Political Sciences but includes researchers from elsewhere in the University, in particular the School of Health and Social Care. I have overall responsibility for postgraduate research students based in the PSRC, and am currently personally supervising 10 PhD students.

Subject Specialism

Social policy, sociology, housing, social theory


  • DPhil — University of Sussex, 1979
  • MA — University of Sussex, 1972
  • BA (Hons) — University of Sussex, 1971


  • Community transport needs, ounty Council, £30,000 (with Eleftherios Alam — Lincolnshire County Council,
  • Evaluation of preventative interventions, £3,780 — Lincolnshire Youth Offending Service,
  • Families Working Together, £23,020 (with Sue Bond-Taylor) — Lincolnshire County Council,
  • Evening safety warden evaluation, £5,000 — Lincoln Business Improvement Group,
  • Racist incidents in schools, £5,000 — Lincolnshire County Council,
  • Boston drugs project — Lincolnshire Drug and Alcohol Action Team and Boston Community Safety Partnership,
  • Multiple exclusion homelessness, £11,603 — Economic and Social Research Council,
  • Family support worker evaluation, £1,700 (with Maureen Maxwell — Lincolnshire Action Trust,
  • Recent research awards/grants:

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Research in the Lincoln Repository

Professional Affiliations

  • Member of the Chartered Institute of Housing