Professor Geoff Meen is Co-Investigator for the UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence (CaCHE) and is co-leader of the Economy theme.
Geoff is specialising in the spatial aspects of housing markets, notably the high degree of diversity that exists, both locally within cities and between regions. This includes questions of why housing inequalities and segregation arise, why they persist and what, if any, are the appropriate policy responses? The theme is also considering the extent to which current policy action is limited by past policies and by the history of urban development. Additionally, Geoff is conducting an exemplar project for CaCHE on Housing Affordability, looking at the ways in which affordability might be improved, particularly for first-time buyers and those on low incomes.
Geoff is currently Professor of Applied Economics at the University of Reading. Before becoming an academic, Geoff was a government economist and also worked in an economic consultancy as research director. He specialises in the economic and policy analysis of housing markets from the local to national levels and also researches issues related to urban segregation.
Geoff was awarded an OBE for his work on housing, working particularly closely with the Department of Communities and Local Government. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and the Weimer School of Advanced Studies in Real Estate and Land Economics, Florida. He acted as a Specialist Advisor to the House of Lords Economic Affairs Select Committee in its Inquiry into the Economics of UK Housing in 2015-2016.