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Kim McKee



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Dr. Kim McKee

  • School of Geography & Sustainable Development
  • Centre for Minorities Research (CMR)
  • Centre for the Study of Philanthropy & Public Good
Postal address:
School of Geog & Sustainable Devt
Irvine Building
St Andrews

United Kingdom


Phone: +44 (0)1334 463928

Research Overview

My research interests are in housing, community and social-spatial justice, and cross-cut the fields of social policy and urban geography. Combining an interest in social theory with processes of policy and governance my qualitative research contributions revolve around three main themes:

*Housing inequalities and place-based stigma
*Social housing, especially localist and third-sector approaches
*Community governance, empowerment & asset-ownership

Theoretically, my work is underpinned by post-Foucauldian governmentality studies and I have contributed to scholarly debates around ‘ethnographies of government’. I am interested in how housing tenure has been constructed as a point of social distinction between ‘good’ and ‘bad’ citizens, but also the ways in which the governable subject can challenge, resist and contest the identities being evoked for them within dominant policy narratives.

Research Outputs

Hysteresis: understanding the housing aspirations gap

Crawford, J. & McKee, K. 1 Feb 2018 In : Sociology. 52, 1, p. 182-197

Privileging the ‘objective’: understanding the state’s role in shaping housing aspirations

Crawford, J. & McKee, K. 5 Jan 2018 In : Housing, Theory and Society. 35, 1, p. 94-114 20 p.

Generating confusion, concern, and precarity through the Right to Rent scheme in Scotland

Leahy, S., McKee, K. & Crawford, J. 28 Nov 2017 In : Antipode. 50, 3, p. 604-620 17 p.

Decentring urban governance: agency, resistance, and place

Bevir, M., McKee, K. & Matthews, P. 18 Sep 2017 Decentring Urban Governance: Narratives, Resistance and Contestation. Bevir, M., McKee, K. & Matthews, P. (eds.). Routledge, (Routledge Studies in Governance and Public Policy)

'Generation Rent' and the fallacy of choice

McKee, K., Moore, T., Soaita, A. & Crawford, J. 21 Aug 2017 In : International Journal of Urban and Regional Research. 41 , 2, p. 318-333

The precarity of young people’s housing and labour market experiences in a rural context

McKee, K., Hoolachan, J. E. & Moore, T. 19 May 2017 In : Scottish Geographical Journal. 133, 2, p. 115-129

Becoming a landlord: strategies of property-based welfare in the private rental sector in Great Britain

Soaita, A. M., Searle, B. A., McKee, K. & Moore, T. 4 May 2017 In : Housing Studies. 32, 5, p. 613-637 25 p.

Housing Policy in the UK: the importance of spatial nuance

McKee, K., Muir, J. & Moore, T. Jan 2017 In : Housing Studies. 32, 1, p. 60-72

‘Generation Rent’ and the ability to ‘settle down’: economic and geographical variation in young people’s housing transitions

Hoolachan, J. E., McKee, K., Moore, T. & Soaita, A. M. Jan 2017 In : Journal of Youth Studies. 20, 1, p. 63-78

Governance jenseits des Neoliberalismus in Großbritannien

Bevir, M. & McKee, K. Aug 2016 Der Staat des Neoliberalismus . Biebricher , T. (ed.). Germany: Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft mbH & Co. KG, (Staatsverständnisse; vol. 92)

The Immigration Act and the ‘Right to Rent’: exploring governing tensions within and beyond the state

Crawford, J., Leahy, S. & McKee, K. 29 Jul 2016 In : People Place and Policy Online. 10, 2, p. 114-125 11 p.

Social housing and the "new localism": a strategy of governance for austere times

McKee, K. 29 Apr 2016 Governmentality after Neoliberalism. Bevir, M. (ed.). Routledge, p. 111-134 24 p. (Routledge Studies in Governance and Public Policy)

Exploring the stigmatization of energy efficiency in the UK: an emerging research agenda

Reid, L. A., McKee, K. & Crawford, J. Nov 2015 In : Energy Research and Social Science. 10, p. 141-149 8 p.

Understanding the Housing Aspirations of People in Scotland

McKee, K., Moore, T. & Crawford, J. 25 Sep 2015 Edinburgh: Scottish Government. 48 p. (Social Research)

Affordable housing need in Scotland

Powell, R., Dunning, R., Ferrari, E. & McKee, K. Jun 2015 Edinburgh: Shelter Scotland.

Online focus groups and qualitative research in the social sciences: their merits and limitations in a study of housing and youth

Moore, T., McKee, K. & McLoughlin, P. J. 23 Apr 2015 In : People Place and Policy Online. 9, 1, p. 17-28

Community anchor housing associations: illuminating the contested nature of contemporary governing practices at the local scale

McKee, K. 2015 In : Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy. 47

The Big Society, localism and housing policy: recasting state-citizen relations in an age of austerity (Special Issue Editor)

McKee, K. 2015 In : Housing, Theory and Society. 32, 1, p. 1-8 8 p.

The ownership of assets by place-based community organisations: political rationales, geographies of social impact and future research agendas

Moore, T. & McKee, K. Oct 2014 In : Social Policy and Society. 13, 4, p. 1-13 13 p.

Class, citizenship and regeneration: Glasgow and the Commonwealth Games 2014

Paton, K., Mooney, G. & McKee, K. Sep 2012 In : Antipode. 44, 4, p. 1470-1489 20 p.

Foucauldian Analysis (Chapter 628)

McKee, K. 11 Jun 2012 International Encyclopaedia of Housing and Home. Smith, S. (ed.). 1st ed. Elsevier, p. 216-220

Social Housing and Homelessness Policies: reconciling social justice and social mix?

McKee, K. & Phillips, Danny 25 Apr 2012 Social Justice and Social Policy in Scotland. Mooney, G. & Scott, G. (eds.). 2nd edition ed. Bristol: Policy Press, p. 227-242 15 p.

Creating sustainable communities through tenure-mix: the responsibilisation of marginal homeowners in Scotland

McIntyre, Z. & McKee, K. Apr 2012 In : GeoJournal. 77, 2, p. 235-247 13 p.

Empowering Local Communities? An International Review of Community Land Trusts

Moore, T. & McKee, K. Apr 2012 In : Housing Studies. 27, 2, p. 280-290 10 p.

Young people, homeownership and future welfare

McKee, K. 2012 In : Housing Studies. 27, 6, p. 853-862

Challenging the Norm? The 'EthoPolitics' of Low Cost Homeownership in Scotland

McKee, K. Dec 2011 In : Urban Studies. 48, 16, p. 3399-3413 15 p.

Glasgow and West of Scotland Forum of Housing Associations' Response to the Scottish Government's Regeneration Discussion Document: Building a Sustainable Future

McKee, K. 26 May 2011 GWSF. 16 p.

Sceptical, disorderly and paradoxical subjects: problematizing the ‘will to empower’ in social housing governance

McKee, K. Mar 2011 In : Housing, Theory and Society. 28, 1, p. 1-18

The Future of Community Housing in Scotland: some thoughts and reflections

McKee, K. 21 Dec 2010 In : People Place and Policy Online. 4, 3, p. 103-110 7 p.

Promoting Homeownership at the Margins: the experience of low-cost homeownership purchasers in regeneration areas

McKee, K. 1 Aug 2010 In : People Place and Policy Online. 4, 2, p. 38-49 11 p.

The end of the Right to Buy and the future of social housing in Scotland

McKee, K. 1 Jun 2010 In : Local Economy. 25, 4, p. 319-327 8 p.

Post-Foucauldian governmentality: What does it offer critical social policy analysis?

McKee, K. Aug 2009 In : Critical Social Policy. 29, 3, p. 465-486 21 p.

Empowering Glasgow’s tenants through community ownership?

McKee, K. Jun 2009 In : Local Economy. 24, 4, p. 299-309 10 p.

Regulating Scotland's social landlords: localised resistance to technologies of performance management

McKee, K. Mar 2009 In : Housing Studies. 24, 2, p. 155-171 16 p.

The ‘responsible’ tenant and the problem of apathy

McKee, K. Jan 2009 In : Social Policy and Society. 8, 1, p. 25-36 11 p.

Learning Lessons from Stock Transfer: the challenges in delivering Second Stage Transfer in Glasgow

McKee, K. 2009 In : People Place and Policy Online. 3, 1, p. 16-27 11 p.

Governance and sustainability in Glasgow: connecting symbolic capital and housing consumption to regeneration

McIntyre, Z. & McKee, K. Dec 2008 In : Area. 40, 4, p. 481-490 9 p.

Transforming Scotland’s public sector housing through community ownership: the reterritorialisation of housing governance?

McKee, K. Aug 2008 In : Space and Polity. 12, 2, p. 183-196 13 p.

Community Ownership of Social Housing in Glasgow: building more sustainable and cohesive communities

McKee, K. 2008 In : People Place and Policy Online. 2, 2, p. 101-111 9 p.

The paradox of tenant empowerment: regulatory and liberatory possibilities

McKee, K. & Cooper, V. 2008 In : Housing, Theory and Society. 25, 2, p. 132-146 14 p.

Community ownership in Glasgow: the devolution of ownership and control, or a centralizing process?

McKee, K. Sep 2007 In : European Journal of Housing Policy. 7, 3, p. 319-336 17 p.

Recent Research Projects

Localism Housing Policy: The Big Society, localism and housing policy

McKee, K., Maclennan, D. & Moore, T.

Economic & Social Research Council


The epitome of the Big Society: Scotlands community based housing association movement the epitome of the big society?

McKee, K.

Carnegie Trust


Mind the Housing Wealth Gap: Mind the Housing Wealth Gap Intergenerational justice and family welfare

McKee, K., Maclennan, D., Searle, B. A., Van Ham, M., Moore, T. & Soaita, A. M.

The Leverhulme Trust



Housing Studies (Journal)

McKee, K. (Member of editorial board)
1 Apr 2010 → …

Study identifies key big society role for landlords

McKee, K. (Interviewee)
1 May 2012

Social Policy and Society (Journal)

McKee, K. (Member of editorial board)
Jan 201031 Jan 2012

Invited participant to SURF Roundtable with Baroness Ford

McKee, K. (Participant)
1 Dec 2011

Opening Keynote speaker at the Employer's in Voluntary Housing annual conference, St Andrews

McKee, K. (Keynote/Plenary speaker)
29 Oct 2010