Professor Peter Kemp

Professor of Public Policy and Vice-Dean for Academic Affairs, Blavatnik School of Government


Professor Kemp's main area of research is housing and housing policy, particularly housing allowances and private rental housing. He has also undertaken research on homelessness and on welfare and work.

His current research includes both comparative and historical perspectives and is focused on two main themes: (1) the relationship between housing and the welfare state, especially in relation to means-tested housing allowances; and (2) the political economy of private renting.

He has contributed to policy debates on housing allowance reform and private renting for many years. He has been consulted by officials in Britain and overseas and was recently special advisor to the House of Commons Select Committee's Inquiry into the Local Housing Allowance.


  • Private rental housing
  • Housing benefit / Local Housing Allowance
  • The history of housing in Britain since the late 19th century

Media experience

Professor Kemp has experience of national and international print and broadcast media, and of briefing journalists.