Dr McKee is a Senior Lecturer in Social Policy (Housing), within the Faculty of Social Science. She joined the University in 2018 having previously held appointments at the University of St Andrews (2010-18), the University of Glasgow (2007-10) and the Open University (2007-10). She has a PhD in Urban Studies and an MA (Hons) in Sociology & Social Policy (Glasgow).
Kim's research interests centre around housing inequalities and exclusion. She is currently Director of the MSc/PG Dip Housing Studies Programme and Co-Leader of the Public Services and Governance Research Group. She is also an editor of the journal, Housing Studies (2015- ); an international advisory board member of the journal, Housing Theory and Society (2020-); a member of the Housing Studies Association executive committee (learned society) (2021-); and a reviewer for a range of UK and international funders and publishers.
Previous roles include:
Director, St Andrew's Centre for Housing Research (2014-2018)
Chair, Secretary & Com's Officer of the Housing Studies Association (2008-15)
Editorial Board Member: Housing, Theory and Society (2015-20) and Social Policy & Society (2010-12)
Dr McKee's qualitative research focuses on housing inequalities and housing exclusion, and the relations of power and governance underpinning these. She has published widely on these topics, including an edited book (Decentring Urban Governance, 2017, Routledge) with Bevir & Matthews. Key areas of expertise include:
private rented sector and 'generation rent'
social and spatial inequalities
immigration and the 'right to rent'
home and wellbeing
community empowerment, asset-ownership and regeneration
Dr McKee's research has been supported by a wide range of funders including the ESRC, the British Academy, the Leverhulme Trust, and various public, voluntary and charitable sector organisations. Current/recent projects include:
Leading the University of Stirling's involvement in a 5 year (2017-2022) ESRC, AHRC and JRF funded project: the 'UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence (CaCHE)'. CaCHE is a national centre, independent from government, which provides a leading voice on UK housing policy and practice. Current projects (2021) Kim is involved in include -'Living in a Small Space' and 'Wellbeing in the PRS'
Leading a collaborative project (2020-21) funded by SafeDeposits Scotland Charitable Trust on 'Making a House a Home in the Private Rented Sector: good practice guidance for landlords'.
Mentor on an ESRC funded postdoctoral fellowship (2020-21): 'Choice, Constraint and Conditional Citizenship: analysing migrant homelessness within 'crimmigration' systems' (Dr Regina Serpa)
Co-organiser (with Glasgow and Cardiff) of an HSA/HSCT funded Seminar Series on 'Reconceptualising Housing Tenure' (2019-20)
Soaita AM & McKee K (2021) Researching Home's Tangible and Intangible Materialities by Photo-Elicitation. Housing, Theory and Society, 38 (3), pp. 279-299. https://doi.org/10.1080/14036096.2020.1738543
Harris J & McKee K (2021) Health and wellbeing in the private rented sector. Part 1 | Literature review. UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence. https://housingevidence.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/Health-and-wellbeing-in-the-private-rented-sector-final.pdf
Harris J & McKee K (2021) Health and wellbeing in the UK private rented sector - part 2 enhancing capabilities. UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence. https://housingevidence.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/HW-in-PRS-Part-2-final.pdf
McKee K (2021) Changing Fortunes of the UK PRS & Implications for Housing Research and Education (Blog). Housing Studies Association [https://www.housing-studies-association.org/articles/279-changing-fortunes-of-the-uk-prs-implications-for-housing-research-education] 12.04.2021.
Rolfe S & McKee K (2021) The role of PRS landlords in making a rented house a home. Housing Quality Magazine. 11.03.2021, pp. 13-14. https://hqnetwork.co.uk/download.cfm?doc=docm93jijm4n17645.pdf&ver=39978
McKee K, Rolfe S, Feather J, Simcock T & Hoolachan J (2021) Making a home in the private rented sector: Practical advice for landlords and letting agents. SafeDeposits Scotland Charitable Trust. Stirling.
Devany C, Formby A, Hoolachan J & McKee K (2020) Special Issue - Contemporary Youth: Precarity, Resistance and (Re)Imagined Futures. People, Place and Policy, 14 (2), pp. 85-89. https://doi.org/10.3351/ppp.2020.6752799995
McKee K, Soaita A & Hoolachan J (2020) 'Generation Rent' and the Emotions of Private Renting: self-worth, status and insecurity amongst low-income renters. Housing Studies, 35 (8), pp. 1468-1487. https://doi.org/10.1080/02673037.2019.1676400
Crawford J, Leahy S & McKee K (2020) More Than a Hostile Environment: exploring the impact of the Right to Rent part of the Immigration Act 2016. Sociological Research Online, 25 (2), pp. 236-253. https://doi.org/10.1177/1360780419867708
Crawford J, McKee K & Leahy S (2020) The Right to Rent: active resistance to evolving geographies of state regulation. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 44 (3), pp. 415-428. https://doi.org/10.1111/1468-2427.12731
McKee K, Pearce A & Leahy S (2020) The Unequal Impact of Covid-19 on black, asian, minority ethnic and refugee communities. [Blog Post] 06.05.2020. https://housingevidence.ac.uk/the-unequal-impact-of-covid-19-on-black-asian-minority-ethnic-and-refugee-communities/
McKee K, Soaita AM & Munro M (2020) Private renters’ housing experiences in lightly regulated markets: review of qualitative research. UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence (CaCHE). Glasgow. https://housingevidence.ac.uk/publications/private-renters-housing-experiences-in-lightly-regulated-markets-review-of-qualitative-research/
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
McKee K, Leahy S, Tokarczyk T & Crawford J (2020) Redrawing the border through the 'Right to Rent': exclusion, discrimination and hostility in the English housing market. Critical Social Policy. https://doi.org/10.1177/0261018319897043
McKee K, Mihael A & Munro M (2019) Beyond Generation rent: Understanding the aspirations of private renters aged 35-54. UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence. Glasgow. https://housingevidence.ac.uk/publications/beyond-generation-rent/
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. http://housingevidence.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/R2018_06_01_Frustrated_Housing_Aspirations_of_Gen_Rent.pdf
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/
Crawford J & McKee K (2018) Privileging the "Objective": Understanding the State's Role in Shaping Housing Aspirations. Housing, Theory and Society, 35 (1), pp. 94-112. https://doi.org/10.1080/14036096.2017.1302989
Hoolachan J, McKee K, Moore T & Soaita AM (2017) 'Generation rent' and the ability to 'settle down': economic and geographical variation in young people's housing transitions. Journal of Youth Studies, 20 (1), pp. 63-78. https://doi.org/10.1080/13676261.2016.1184241
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
Soaita AM, Searle BA, McKee K & Moore T (2017) Becoming a landlord: strategies of property-based welfare in the private rental sector in Great Britain. Housing Studies, 32 (5), pp. 613-637. https://doi.org/10.1080/02673037.2016.1228855
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
McKee K, Hoolachan JE & Moore T (2017) The Precarity of Young People's Housing Experiences in a Rural Context. Scottish Geographical Journal, 133 (2), pp. 115-129. https://doi.org/10.1080/14702541.2017.1321136
McKee K, Moore T, Soaita A & Crawford J (2017) 'Generation Rent' and The Fallacy of Choice. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 41 (2), pp. 318-333. https://doi.org/10.1111/1468-2427.12445
Bevir M & McKee K (2016) Governance jenseits des Neoliberalismus in Großbritannien (English Language Version) [British Governance beyond Neoliberalism]. In: Biebricher T (ed.) Der Staat des Neoliberalismus. Staatsverständnisse, 92. Baden-Baden, Germany: Nomos, pp. 207-236. https://doi.org/10.5771/9783845276045-207
Simeonova M, Leahy S & McKee K (2016) CHR Briefings 5: Immigration Act 2016 - more harm than good?. Unfunded. St Andrews, Scotland. https://research-repository.st-andrews.ac.uk/bitstream/handle/10023/9493/CHR_Briefing_5.pdf?sequence=1&isAllowed=y
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
Crawford J, Leahy S & McKee K (2016) The Immigration Act and the ‘Right to Rent’: exploring governing tensions within and beyond the state (Policy Commentary). People, Place and Policy Online, 10 (2), pp. 114-125. https://doi.org/10.3351/ppp.0010.0002.0001
McKee K (2016) Social Housing and the "New Localism": A Strategy of Governance for Austere Times. In: Bevir M (ed.) Governmentality After Neoliberalism. Routledge Studies in Governance and Public Policy, 25. London and New York: Routledge, pp. 111-134. https://www.routledge.com/Governmentality-after-Neoliberalism/Bevir/p/book/9781138923447
McKee K (2015) An Introduction to the Special Issue – The Big Society, Localism and Housing Policy: Recasting State–Citizen Relations in an Age of Austerity. Housing, Theory and Society, 32 (1), pp. 1-8. https://doi.org/10.1080/14036096.2014.947174
Reid L, McKee K & Crawford J (2015) Exploring the stigmatization of energy efficiency in the UK: An emerging research agenda. Energy Research & Social Science, 10, pp. 141-149. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.erss.2015.07.010
McKee K (2015) Community anchor housing associations: illuminating the contested nature of neoliberal governing practices at the local scale. Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, 33 (5), pp. 1076-1091. https://doi.org/10.1177/0263774x15605941
Powell R, Dunning R, McKee K & Ferrari E (2015) Affordable Housing Need in Scotland, Final Report - September 2015. Shelter Scotland, CIH Scotland and SFHA. Edinburgh. https://scotland.shelter.org.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0009/1190871/7909_Final_Housing_Needs_Research.pdf
McKee K, Moore T & Crawford J (2015) Understanding the Housing Aspirations of People in Scotland. Scottish Government. Social Research Series. Edinburgh. https://www2.gov.scot/Resource/0048/00485802.pdf
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
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
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
McKee K (2015) Briefing 6: Young People, Homeownership and the Fallacy of Choice. not applicable. St Andrews. https://research-repository.st-andrews.ac.uk/bitstream/handle/10023/6721/No_06_Fallacy_of_Choice1.pdf?sequence=1&isAllowed=y
Moore T, McKee K & McLoughlin P (2015) Online Focus Groups and Qualitative Research: their merits and limitations in a study of housing and youth. People, Place and Policy, 9 (1), pp. 17-28. https://doi.org/10.3351/ppp.0009.0001.0002
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
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
McKee K (2012) Housing Associations and the Big Society: lessons from Scotland's community housing sector. University of St Andrews. St Andrews, Scotland. https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/media/dept-of-geography-and-sustainable-development/pdf-s/gsd/McKee_Carnegie%20Report.pdf
McKee K & Phillips D (2012) Social Housing and Homelessness Policies: reconciling social justice and social mix. In: Mooney G & Scott G (eds.) Social Justice and Social Policy in Scotland. Bristol: Policy Press, pp. 227-242. https://policy.bristoluniversitypress.co.uk/social-justice-and-social-policy-in-scotland
McIntyre Z & McKee K (2012) Creating sustainable communities through tenure-mix: the responsibilisation of marginal homeowners in Scotland. GeoJournal, 77 (2), pp. 235-247. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10708-009-9322-5
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. https://research-repository.st-andrews.ac.uk/handle/10023/1849
McKee K (2011) Sceptical, Disorderly and Paradoxical Subjects: Problematizing the “Will to Empower” in Social Housing Governance. Housing, Theory and Society, 28 (1), pp. 1-18. https://doi.org/10.1080/14036091003788120
McKee K (2010) Promoting homeownership at the margins: the experience of low-cost homeownership purchasers in regeneration areas. People, Place & Policy Online, 4 (2), pp. 38-49. https://doi.org/10.3351/ppp.0004.0002.0001
McIntyre Z & McKee K (2008) Governance and sustainability in Glasgow: connecting symbolic capital and housing consumption to regeneration. Area, 40 (4), pp. 481-490. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1475-4762.2008.00814.x
McKee K (2008) Transforming Scotland's Public-sector Housing through Community Ownership: The Reterritorialisation of Housing Governance?. Space and Polity, 12 (2), pp. 183-196. https://doi.org/10.1080/13562570802173265
McKee K (2007) Community Ownership in Glasgow: The Devolution of Ownership and Control, or a Centralizing Process?. European Journal of Housing Policy, 7 (3), pp. 319-336. https://doi.org/10.1080/14616710701477946
Dr McKee is Programme Director for the PgD/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 both part and 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). 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:
Pearce (2020-) Asylum Seeker's Accommodation and Support Contracts in Glasgow (SGSSS cross-institutional award with St Andrews); Mshaye (2021-) Ethnic Minority Housing in Scotland; Mhlanga (2021-) Homelessness and ID;