Dr Kim McKee

Senior Lecturer

Housing Studies Rm 3T18, R G Bomont Building, University of Stirling

Dr Kim McKee

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About me

Dr McKee is a Senior Lecturer in Social Policy (Housing), within the Faculty of Social Science. She has previously held appointments at the University of St Andrews and the University of Glasgow. She has a PhD in Urban Studies and an MA (Hons) in Sociology & Social Policy.

Dr McKee is an international expert in housing inequalities and housing precarity (in the private rented sector), and has published extensively in this interdisciplinary field of study. She is currently a member of the international editorial advisory board for the journal Housing Studies, and has previously held varied leadership roles within academic journals, learned societies, project advisory boards and university research centres across her 15 year academic career.

Divisional / Faculty Contribution

Advisor of Studies, Housing Studies Programme (2019-)

Co-Leader, Public Services and Governance Research Group (2020-)

Programme Director (Housing Studies) (2019-)

Event / Presentation

Invited Speaker, Share's Annual Conference 15 March 2024
Panellist on housing education session.

Invited webinar for Department of Levelling Up, Housing & Communities 14 March 2024
What do low-income private renters want to see change in Scotland’s private rented sector? Co-presented with Dr T Simcock (Huddersfield).

Keynote, Housing Studies Association conference, 16 April 2024
Plenary: 'Housing Precarity, the emotions of housing & wellbeing impacts'

Other Academic Activities

Opinion Piece: Scotland’s commitment to housing education & professionalism

Research featured in Dazed magazine: 'Is the idea of Generation Rent a myth?'

Professional Career

Housing Education in Scotland Steering Group

Research (5)

Dr McKee's qualitative research focuses on housing inequalities and housing precarity, and the relations of power and governance underpinning these. She has published widely on these topics, including 40+ articles in high impact journals. Areas of expertise include:

  • private rented sector and housing precarity
  • social and spatial inequalities
  • place based stigma
  • home and wellbeing
  • housing and social theory
  • tenant empowerment & community asset ownership

Her research has been supported by a wide range of funders including the ESRC, the British Academy, the Leverhulme Trust, the Carnegie Foundation, the Scottish Government, and various public, voluntary and charitable sector organisations. During her career she has led/contributed to over 20 research projects with a total value exceeding £9 million. Current & recent projects are listed below:


Intersectional Stigma of Place-based Ageing
PI: Professor Vikki McCall
Funded by: Economic and Social Research Council

UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence (CaCHE)
PI: Dr Kim McKee
Funded by: Economic and Social Research Council

What do lower income tenants in Scotland’s private rented sector want to see from a new Rented Sector Strategy?
PI: Dr Kim McKee
Funded by: Joseph Rowntree Foundation

Choice, Constraint and Conditional Citizenship: analysing migrant homelessness within 'crimmigration' systems
PI: Dr Regina Serpa
Funded by: Economic and Social Research Council

Making a House a ‘Home’ in the Private Rented Sector: Good Practice Guidance for Landlords
PI: Dr Kim McKee
Funded by: Safe Deposit Scotland Charitable Trust (SDS)

Outputs (99)


Website Content

McKee K (2023) Gender and Precarity. [Blog] 13.01.2023. https://housingevidence.ac.uk/gender-and-precarity/

Project Report

Simcock T, McKee K, Marsh A, Harris J, Moore T, Soaita A & James G (2022) What do lower income tenants in Scotland’s private rented sector want to see from a new Rented Sector? Summary Report. Joseph Rowntree Foundation. Glasgow. https://housingevidence.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/2022/09/Low_income_renters_priorities_for_change_scotland_synthesis_report_sept_2022.pdf

Project Report

Simcock T, McKee K, Soaita A, Harris J, Moore T, Marsh A & James G (2021) What do lower income tenants in Scotland’s private rented sector want to see from a new Rented Sector: Emergent findings briefing.. UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence. Glasgow. https://housingevidence.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/12/Tenant_Insights_Scotland_CaCHE_Briefing_DEC2021.pdf

Website Content

Rolfe S & McKee K (2021) The Role of PRS Landlords in Making a Rented House a Home. Housing Studies Association [blog] 04.02.2021. https://www.housing-studies-association.org/articles/276-the-role-of-prs-landlords-in-making-a-rented-house-a-home

Technical Report

McKee K, Rolfe S, Feather J, Simcock T & Hoolachan J (2021) Making a home in the private rented sector: An evidence review. SafeDeposits Scotland Charitable Trust. Stirling: University of Stirling. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1bURQzv7G6-hAuGPqNT_yVqFNIVr0KshF/view

Website Content

McKee K & Preece J (2020) Housing Exclusion in the English Rental Market. UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence [Blog post] 03.03.2020. https://housingevidence.ac.uk/housing-exclusion-in-the-english-rental-market/

Research Report

Preece J, Bimpson E, Robinson D, McKee K & Flint J (2020) Forms and Mechanisms of Exclusion in Contemporary Housing Systems: a scoping study. UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence (CaCHE). Glasgow. https://housingevidence.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/200204-forms-and-mechanisms-of-exclusion-in-contemporary-housing-systems_final.pdf

Project Report

McKee K & Soaita AM (2018) The 'frustrated' housing aspirations of generation rent. Joseph Rowntree Foundation. UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence Research Report, R2018_06_01. Glasgow: University of Glasgow. http://housingevidence.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/R2018_06_01_Frustrated_Housing_Aspirations_of_Gen_Rent.pdf

Website Content

McKee K & Leahy S (2018) BLOG: HSA Sponsored Event - the Immigration Act and Public Services. HSA: The Forum for Housing-Related Research and Debate (HSA News) [Blog post] 04.07.2018. https://housing-studies-association.org/2018/07/blog-hsa-sponsored-event-the-immigration-act-and-public-services/

Research Report

Graham E, Fiori F & McKee K (2017) Household Changes and Housing Provision (invitee chapter). National Records for Scotland. Edinburgh. https://www.nrscotland.gov.uk/statistics-and-data/statistics/stats-at-a-glance/registrar-generals-annual-review/2016/chapter-10-invited-chapter

Edited Book

Bevir M, McKee K & Matthews P (eds.) (2017) Decentring Urban Governance: Narratives, Resistance and Contestation. Routledge Studies in Governance and Public Policy. New York and London: Routledge. https://www.routledge.com/Decentring-Urban-Governance-Narratives-Resistance-and-Contestation/Bevir-McKee-Matthews/p/book/9781138229372

Discussion Paper

Hoolachan J, McKee K & Moore T (2016) CHR Briefing 4 - Housing Young People in Rural Areas. Centre for Housing Research. CHR Briefings, 4. St Andrews. https://research-repository.st-andrews.ac.uk/bitstream/handle/10023/8395/CHR_Briefing_Paper_4.pdf?sequence=3&isAllowed=y

Discussion Paper

McKee K, Moore T & Crawford J (2015) CHR Briefing 3: Housing Aspirations of People in Scotland. Scottish Government. University of St Andrews. https://research-repository.st-andrews.ac.uk/bitstream/handle/10023/7541/CHR_Briefing_3.pdf?sequence=1&isAllowed=y


McKee K (2015) Mind the Housing Wealth Gap WS4: summary research design. Leverhulme. University of St Andrews. https://research-repository.st-andrews.ac.uk/bitstream/handle/10023/8278/mckee_2015_Research_Design_WS4.pdf?sequence=1&isAllowed=y

Research Report

McKee K & Hoolachan J (2015) Housing 'Generation Rent'. Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland. CHR Briefing, 2. St Andrews. http://hdl.handle.net/10023/6895

Policy Document

Soaita AM & McKee K (2015) Young people: tenure choices and welfare - summary findings. Leverhulme. St Andrews. https://research-repository.st-andrews.ac.uk/bitstream/handle/10023/8280/End_Briefing_WS4.pdf?sequence=1&isAllowed=y

Policy Document

McKee K & Hoolachan J (2015) CHR Briefing 2: Housing 'Generation Rent'. Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland. St Andrews. https://research-repository.st-andrews.ac.uk/bitstream/handle/10023/6895/Generation_Rent_Briefing_Paper.pdf?sequence=1&isAllowed=y


Moore T & McKee K (2014) The Ownership of Assets by Place-based Community Organisations: political rationales, geographies of social impact and future research agendas. Social Policy and Society, 13 (4), pp. 1-13. https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/social-policy-and-society/article/ownership-of-assets-by-placebased-community-organisations-political-rationales-geographies-of-social-impact-and-future-research-agendas/6A90860EBD5F28ECBAFD51EB869E20A6; https://doi.org/10.1017/S1474746413000481

Discussion Paper

Moore T & McKee K (2014) Briefing 2: Localism and New Housing Futures. ESRC. St Andrews. https://research-repository.st-andrews.ac.uk/bitstream/handle/10023/5106/Localism_Housing_Futures_Briefing_2.pdf?sequence=1&isAllowed=y

Book Chapter

McKee K (2012) Foucauldian Analysis. In: Smith SJ (ed.) International Encyclopaedia of Housing and Home. Amsterdam: Elsevier.

Consultancy Report

McKee K (2011) Glasgow and West of Scotland Forum of Housing Associations' Response to the Scottish Government's Regeneration Discussion Document: Building a Sustainable Future. Glasgow and West of Scotland Forum of Housing Associations. Glasgow: Glasgow and West of Scotland Forum. https://research-repository.st-andrews.ac.uk/handle/10023/1849



Dr McKee is Programme Director for the PGDip/MSc in Housing Studies, which is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Housing and was successfully revalidated in 2020. This is a flexible programme for part & full time study delivered in a blended learning format, it includes an internship route for those wishing to develop a new career in housing.

Kim co-ordinates HOUP001 (Housing Services) & HOUP002 (Sustainable Communities) and HOUP009 (Housing Research Project for PT students). Kim also contributes to undergraduate teaching & supervision within Sociology, Social Policy & Criminology programmes. She was a member of the steering group for the 2020 CIH Report on Housing Education in Scotland.

Kim is interested in supervising PhD students in her areas of research expertise and with a focus on qualitative methods. Please contact her to discuss opportunities:

PhD COMPLETIONS: Pergola (graduated 2016 - Cultural activities in Cities); Carras (graduated 2019 -Tiny Homes in the US); Pearce (graduating 2024 - Asylum Seeker's Accommodation & Support).

CURRENT STUDENTS: Player (2020-) Narratives of People who use Drugs in Deindustrialised areas of Scotland (part-time) & Mshaye (2021-) Asylum Seekers in Glasgow: gendered and racialised lived experiences.

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