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Lemos&Crane has provided practitioners and policy-makers with information for action on social problems since 1994. We work with professionals in social housing, local government, criminal justice agencies, schools and voluntary organisations as well as trusts and foundations.

Over 31,000 people have registered to use Lemos&Crane websites to learn from research projects, improve ways of working and share good practice. Lemos&Crane conferences give delegates the ideas and tools for making a difference in their work. Alongside the websites, conferences and research projects we maintain an online network, including exciting awards programmes. You are welcome to join now and view free materials from this website.

Our people

Gerard Lemos CMG

Gerard leads the research team at Lemos&Crane. He is the author of several books and reports about social policy and supporting vulnerable people. His publications include The End of the Chinese Dream: Why Chinese People fear the Future published by Yale University Press in 2012. His new book The Good Prison: Conscience, crime and punishment was published in April 2014He has written for the New York Times, The Guardian and the BBC. He is Chairman of the Payments Council, Vice-President of the British Board of Film Classification and a trustee of London University and the Dartington Hall Trust. He chaired the Board of Trustees of the British Council from 2009 to 2010 having been a trustee since 1999 and Deputy Chair from 2005. He was a visiting Professor at Chongqing Technology and Business University between 2006 and 2010. Gerard has formerly been Chair of the Money Advice Service, Lending Standards Board, Banking Code Standards Board, Notting HIll Housing and the Akram Khan Dance Company, an Audit Commissioner, a Civil Service Commissioner and a non-executive director of Crown Prosecution Service.

Paul Crane

Paul is co-founding partner and is responsible for online training studies and publishing at Lemos&Crane. He is the author of two civil rights handbooks, a Cambridge University law graduate and now a non-practising solicitor. As a lawyer he specialised in civil rights work; he took part in the landmark case before the European Court of Human Rights that led to the decriminalisation of homosexuality in Northern Ireland. Paul has worked in general and legal book publishing both as a commissioning editor and publisher. Prior to initiating web development over ten years ago, he published more than 50 books and reports at Lemos&Crane. Paul's voluntary board experience includes acting as governor-trustee for an international college. 

Sarah Frankenburg

Sarah is the research assistant at Lemos&Crane, responsible for supporting partners’ research projects. She is currently working on Bad Weather, Good Habits: Encouraging Social Housing Tenants to Save More, and is researching charitable projects and programmes being undertaken in prisons to support offender rehabilitation. She has a BSc in Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method from LSE, and an MSc in The History of Science, Technology and Medicine from Imperial College and UCL, awarded in 2012.

Jack Gowers

Jack is the web and database assistant at Lemos&Crane. He is responsible for the provision of online content and administrative duties. He has a BSc in Economics and Statistics from UCL, completed in 2012.

 

Contributing writers

Professor Caroline Hunter

Caroline Hunter is a Professor of Law at the University of York Law School. She is also the Deputy General Editor of Journal of Housing Law and the Lawyer Chair of the Residential Property Tribunal Service.

Jane Petrie

Jane Petrie

Jane Petrie is the Course Leader for undergraduate housing students at Sheffield Hallam University. As a solicitor she has worked for housing users and a large local authority.

Peter MacMahon

Peter MacMahon is a former Deputy Local Government Ombudsman. He has worked as a lawyer in local government and the voluntary sector.

Dr Helen Carr

Helen Carr is Deputy Director of Teaching and Learning at the University of Kent Law School and the author of Law for Social Workers. Helen's research interests lie primarily in the fields of Housing, Social Welfare and Public Law. She is interested in the regulation of the poor especially the homeless, the asylum seeker, the anti-social and those in need of care. Helen is particularly concerned with the gendered and racialised dimensions of regulation. She is currently completing a book on the governance of housing from the 1830s. Helen is also working with the Welsh Government on the reform of housing law.

Professor Martin Partington QC CBE

Martin Partington has been a part-time chairman of social security appeal tribunals and was the social security editor for the Industrial Law Journal. He continues to write the UK entry on social security for the International Encyclopaedia of Law. Martin served on the Law Commission for seven years.

Professor Isobel Anderson

Isobel Anderson is Chair in Housing Studies in the School of Applied Social Science at the University of Stirling, where she teaches on the MSc/Diploma in Housing Studies. She is on the International Advisory Committee of the European Journal of Homelessness, and is a board member of Scottish Homeless Action.

Joe Crawford

Joe Crawford teaches housing law on the University of Stirling’s MSc/Diploma in Housing Studies, and is currently completing a PhD on evictions in the social rented sector, also at Stirling University. He previously worked with Shelter for 10 years.

Regina Serpa

Regina Serpa is a Research and Teaching Assistant with the Housing Studies team at the University of Stirling and is a Research and Information Officer with the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations. Her most recent research includes modelling impacts of welfare reform on housing associations, achieving the 2012 homelessness target, and addressing the disrepair of owner occupied housing in Scotland.

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