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Dr Chris Allen

Dr Chris Allen

Telephone: 0151 231 5932

Biography

I am a part-time sociologist that has worked in a variety of universities (Cardiff, Manchester, Salford, Bradford, Sheffield Hallam, Manchester Metropolitan) since 1993. My key areas of work have, until recently, been in urban sociology and the sociology of knowledge.

After 18 years of working as a full-time academic, I took a break from academia between 2011 and 2013 when I ran alternative cycle and walking tours of Liverpool. I also spent time volunteering at Asylum Link Merseyside and working with peace groups such as the Catholic Worker Movement, Pax Christi and CND.

I returned to academia in 2013 when I "downshifted" from a full-time Professor to a part-time lecturer. Since returning in 2013 I have made some further written contributions to urban and housing sociology. However, these pieces of writing are now complete so, after 25 years, my written contribution to the field of urban and housing sociology has more or less come to an end.

Since 2015, I have been working in the fields of political theology, peace studies and football studies which reflects where my energies are now invested. Specifically:

I am a council member of the Liverpool Unitarian Church and the Merseyside Peace Network.

I undertake voluntary work in the field of adult education and continue to work with Asylum Link Merseyside where I run football projects for asylum seekers and refugees.

With my Unitarian friend, Rev. Phil Waldron, I established Ullet Road Church Rebels F.C.in 2018. This is a football club for asylum seekers and refugees which I now run as Club Secretary. It is a wonderful venture because it provides multiple opportunities to facilitate social interaction between asylum seekers, refugees and local people. There is no better way to learn and develop as human beings than in personal encounters with others.

In addition, I am now a member of the Football Collective and occasionally write in alternative football magazines and on my football blog which can be found here: https://chrisallen291269.wordpress.com/author/chrisallen291269/

I teach on the following courses:

Radical Planet: Alternatives to Urban Capitalism
Society and Environment in Conflict
Research In Action

Degrees

Nothumbria University, United Kingdom, BA (Hons) Government and Public Policy
University of Liverpool, United Kingdom, MA Public Administration and Management
Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom, PhD

Publications

Highlighted publications

Allen C. 2019. On the Violence of Housing Capitalism and its Policy Complex: Outline of a Nonviolent Alternative Peace Studies Journal, 12 :39-63 Publisher Url

Allen C. 2017. Love Among the Ruins: Nonviolent Anarchism and the Housing Question Planning Theory and Practice, 18 :676-683 DOI Author Url Public Url

Allen C. 2017. Social Science versus Christian Theology, Reconsidered: The Case of British Social Policy Studies International Journal of Public Theology, 11 :211-235 DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Allen C. 2016. Food Poverty and Christianity in Britain: A Theological Re-assessment Political Theology, :1-17 DOI Public Url

Allen C. 2016. Getting 'Out There' and Impacting: The Problem of Housing and Urban Research and its Anarchist Alternative HOUSING THEORY & SOCIETY, 33 :268-287 DOI Author Url Public Url

Allen C. The fallacy of "Housing studies": Philosophical problems of knowledge and understanding in housing research Housing, Theory and Society, 26 :53-79 DOI Publisher Url

Journal article

Allen C. 2019. On the Violence of Housing Capitalism and its Policy Complex: Outline of a Nonviolent Alternative Peace Studies Journal, 12 :39-63 Publisher Url

Allen C. 2018. The Deprivation of Theory: What Do We Really Need To "Know" About Housing? HOUSING THEORY & SOCIETY, 35 :199-204 DOI Author Url

Allen C. 2017. Love Among the Ruins: Nonviolent Anarchism and the Housing Question Planning Theory and Practice, 18 :676-683 DOI Author Url Public Url

Allen C. 2017. Social Science versus Christian Theology, Reconsidered: The Case of British Social Policy Studies International Journal of Public Theology, 11 :211-235 DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Allen C. 2016. Food Poverty and Christianity in Britain: A Theological Re-assessment Political Theology, :1-17 DOI Public Url

Allen C. 2016. Getting 'Out There' and Impacting: The Problem of Housing and Urban Research and its Anarchist Alternative HOUSING THEORY & SOCIETY, 33 :268-287 DOI Author Url Public Url

Allen C. 2016. Gentrification: A working class perspective HOUSING THEORY & SOCIETY, 33 :114-116 DOI Author Url

Allen C. 2012. Social class and housing :368-373 DOI

Allen C. 2012. Construction of housing knowledge :227-232 DOI

Allen C, Marne P. 2012. Entrepreneurialõresearch@enterprisinguniversity.co.uk :93-116

Imrie R, Allen C. 2012. Reconstructing the knowledge business :241-248

Allen C, Imrie R. 2012. Preface The Knowledge Business: The Commodification of Urban and Housing Research, :13

Allen C, Marne P. 2012. In the name of the people?: The state, social science and the ‘public interest’ in Urban regeneration :57-76

Allen C, Imrie R. 2012. The knowledge business: A critical introduction :1-19

Allen C. 2011. A problem of verification: What critique is, and is not Housing, Theory and Society, 28 :68-74 DOI

Allen C. 2011. A welcome critique: Some comments on flint's response to the fallacy paper Housing, Theory and Society, 28 :92-99 DOI

Allen C. 2011. Against dialogue: Why being critical means taking sides rather than learning how to play the 'policy research' game Dialogues in Human Geography, 1 :223-227 DOI

Allen C. 2010. Urban geographies for violence and destruction: Urban research and the 'Housing Market Renewal' programme in the UK Geography, 95 :116-123 Author Url

Savage M, Allen C, Atkinson R, Burrows R, Mendez ML, Watt P. 2010. The politics of elective belonging Housing, Theory and Society, 27 :115-161 DOI

Allen C, Crookes L. 2009. Fables of the reconstruction: a critical phenomenology of place shaping in the North of England Town Planning Review, 80 :455-480 DOI Publisher Url

Allen C, Crookes L. 2009. Fables of the reconstruction: a critical phenomenology of place shaping in the North of England Town Planning Review, 5 :455-480 Publisher Url

Allen C. 2008. Gentrification 'research' and the academic nobility: A different class? International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 32 :180-185 DOI Author Url

Allen C, Powell R, Casey R, Coward S. 2007. 'Ordinary, the same as anywhere else': Notes on the management of spoiled identity in 'marginal' middle-class neighbourhoods Sociology, 41 :239-258 DOI Author Url

Allen C. 2007. Of urban entrepreneurs or 24-hour party people? City-centre living in Manchester, England Environment and Planning A, 39 :666-683 DOI Author Url

Allen C. 2007. The poverty of death: Social class, urban deprivation, and the criminological consequences of sequestration of death Mortality, 12 :79-93 DOI

Casey R, Coward S, Allen C, Powell R. 2007. On the planned environment and neighbourhood life: Evidence from mixed-tenure housing developments twenty years on Town Planning Review, 78 :311-334 DOI

Allen C. 2005. Note of clarification Housing, Theory and Society, 22 :237 DOI

Allen C. 2005. On the epistemological limitations of the "area effects" debate: Towards a Phenomenology of urban deprivation Housing, Theory and Society, 22 :196-212 DOI

Allen C. 2005. On the social relations of contract research production: Power, positionality and epistemology in housing and urban research Housing Studies, 20 :989-1007 DOI Author Url

Sprigings N, Allen C. 2005. The communities we are regaining but need to lose: A critical commentary on community building in beyond-place societies Community, Work and Family, 8 :389-411 DOI

Allen C. 2005. The links between heroin, crack cocaine and crime: Where does street crime fit in? British Journal of Criminology, 45 :355-372 DOI Author Url

Allen C. 2005. Reflections on housing and social theory: An interview with Jim Kemeny Housing, Theory and Society, 22 :94-107 DOI

Allen C. 2004. Merleau-Ponty's phenomenology and the body-in-space encounters of visually impaired children Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 22 :719-735 DOI Author Url

Casey R, Allen C. 2004. Social housing managers and the performance ethos: Towards a 'professional project of the self' Work, Employment and Society, 18 :395-412 DOI Author Url

Allen C. 2004. Bourdieu's habitus, social class and the spatial worlds of visually impaired children Urban Studies, 41 :487-506 DOI Author Url

Allen C, Joanne Milner . 2004. I don't know what you're trying to establish: the housing and urban problems of visual impaired children Social Policy and Society,

Allen C. 2003. Joined-up working, welfare professionalism and the pursuit of the 'pure relationship' - A critical encounter with the sociology of trust Housing, Theory and Society, 20 :2-14 DOI

Allen C. 2003. On the epistemology of welfare professional practice Housing, Theory and Society, 20 :24-27 DOI

Allen C. 2003. On the logic of 'new' welfare practice: An ethnographic case study of the 'new welfare intermediaries' SOCIOLOGICAL RESEARCH ONLINE, 8 Author Url

Allen C. 2003. Why Living in a Deprived Area is a Hidden Disability Issue: Some Housing Policy and Practice Implications Journal of Integrated Care, 11 :28-32 DOI

Allen C, Barkley D. 2002. Housing For Offenders: The Role Of ‘Understanding Relationships’ In Supporting People Probation Journal, 49 :267-276 DOI

Allen C, Sprigings N. 2001. Housing policy, housing management and tenant power in the 'risk society': Some critical observations on the welfare politics of 'radical doubt' Critical Social Policy, 21 :384-412 DOI

Allen C. 2001. 'They just don't live and breathe the policy like we do…': Policy intentions and practice dilemmas in modern social policy and implementation networks Policy Studies, 22 :149-166 DOI

Allen C. 2000. On the "Physiological Dope" problematic in housing and illness research: Towards a critical realism of home and health Housing, Theory and Society, 17 :49-67 DOI Author Url

Allen C. 1999. Towards a comparative sociology of residence and disablement - britain and sweden in interventionist welfare regime perspective Housing, Theory and Society, 16 :49-66 DOI Author Url

Allen C. 1999. Disablism in housing and comparative community care discourse - towards an interventionist model of disability and interventionist welfare regime theory Housing, Theory and Society, 16 :3-16 DOI Author Url

Allen C, Gallent N, Tewdwr-Jones M. 1999. The limits of policy diffusion: Comparative experiences of second-home ownership in Britain and Sweden Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, 17 :227-244 DOI Author Url

Allen C. The fallacy of "Housing studies": Philosophical problems of knowledge and understanding in housing research Housing, Theory and Society, 26 :53-79 DOI Publisher Url

Allen C. Desperately seeking fusion: on 'joined-up thinking', 'holistic practice' and the new economy of welfare professional power. Br J Sociol, 54 :287-306 DOI Author Url

Allen C. Back to the old house? 'Sick role' and biographical narratives of the housing needs of short-stay hospital patients. Health Place, 7 :81-92 DOI Author Url

Allen C. Where the Other Half Lives: Lower Income Housing in a Neoliberal World CRITICAL SOCIAL POLICY, 31 :487-490 DOI Author Url

Tonkiss F, Byrne D, Edwards A, Allen C. Ground Control: Fear and Happiness in the Twenty-First-Century City SOCIOLOGY-THE JOURNAL OF THE BRITISH SOCIOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION, 45 :335-342 DOI Author Url

Allen C. The meaning of housing: A pathways approach JOURNAL OF URBAN AFFAIRS, 29 :102-104 DOI Author Url

Allen C. On the Social Consequences (and Social Conscience) of 'the Foyer Industry': A Critical Ethnography Journal of Youth Studies, 4 :471-494 DOI

Gallent N, Jones R, Allen CB. Political change and local objectives: observations from rural Wales Area, 30 :125-132 DOI

Allen C. The policy and implementation of the housing role in community care—a constructionist theoretical perspective Housing Studies, 12 :85-110 DOI

Book

Allen C, Imrie R. 2012. The knowledge business: The commodification of Urban and housing research :1-283 9780754676904

Allen C. 2008. Housing Market Renewal and Social Class Routledge 9781134119394 DOI

Allen C, Sprigings N. 1999. Managing Risk Together 9781902496054

Allen C. Crime, Drugs and Social Theory A Phenomenological Approach Ashgate Publishing, Ltd. 9780754647423

Allen C, Britain CIOHG, Foundation JR. Mixed Tenure, Twenty Years on - Nothing Out of the Ordinary 9781905018048

Allen C, Milner J, Price D. Home Is Where the Start Is The Housing and Urban Experiences of Visually Impaired Children The Policy Press 9781861344564

Chapters

Gallent N, Allen C. 2003. Housing pressure and policy in Europe: A power regime perspective Housing in the European Countryside: Rural Pressure and Policy in Western Europe :208-225 9780415288422

Allen C. 2003. Theories and levels of comparative analysis Housing in the European Countryside: Rural Pressure and Policy in Western Europe :13-22 9780415288422

Thesis/Dissertation

Allen C. On Theory, Knowledge and Practice in Housing and Urban Research: A Phenomenology of Conflict and reconciliation Chalcraft D. Public Url