Professor Douglas Robertson

Honorary Professor

Faculty of Social Sciences Colin Bell Building, University of Stirling, Stirling, FK9 4LA

Professor Douglas Robertson

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About me

My research expertise focuses on sociological understandings of place, belonging and identity, examining how these interact and influence society, particularly in relation to both social and housing policies at both local and national scales. Having spent most of my teaching career to date contributing to  post-graduate MSc / Diploma in Housing Studies, following a five year term as Head of School, I moved over to teach undergraduate Sociology and Social Policy. So having joined the School as its youngest lecturer on 1st September 1988, I now now find myself being the second longest serving member of the academic staff. Hobbies: sustainable cycling, thoughtfull photography, purposeful hill walking, passive politics, challenging gardening and satisfying slow cooking.

Community Contribution

Scottish Government

Invited in September 2013 by Nicola Sturgeon, Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure, Investment and Cities to chair the Scottish Government's Private Rented Sector Tenancy Review Group which was charged with examining the suitability and effectiveness of the current Private Rented Sector tenancy regime and develop recommendations for the Scottish Government as to how the current regime might work better and/ or the options for taking reform forward. The Group reported in May 2014. See:

Scottish Government

Invited in September 2009 by Alex Neil, Minister for Housing and Communities to chair the Scottish Private Rented Sector Strategy Group which was charged with coming forward with a consultation paper on future legislative reform by December 2009, which fed into the Private Rented Sector (Scotland) Act, 2011. The Group then turned its attention to advising the Scottish Government on the development of a strategy for the private rented sector to help support tenants, landlords, local authorities and other interested parties. See

Divisional / Faculty Contribution

Convenor of the Children, Families and Relationships Research Group
Research group involves 25 active researchers across the University (Social Science, Nursing, Education, Humanities and Sport

Other Academic Activities

‘Home not housing' Engaging with Well-being Outcomes- Scottish Universities Insight Institute Well-being Programme
University of Strathclyde and University of Dundee

University Contribution

Head of Department, Department of Applied Social Science, University of Stirling.

Served as Head of Department for the 5 year term