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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 30,000 people are 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.

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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, which was featured in the New York Times and a Sunday Times Christmas book. His most recent book The Good Prison: Conscience, crime and punishment was published in April 2014 and has been well-reviewed in the UK and the USAHe has written for the New York Times, The Guardian and the BBC. He is Chairman of PaymentsUK, 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 having been Deputy Chair. 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 15 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. 

Sandy Chidley

Sandy joined Lemos&Crane as a research assistant in 2014. He is currently working on the Good Prison – a project which seeks to build on the holistic ‘theory of change’ laid out in The Good Prison: Conscience, Crime and Punishment, about what really works in reducing re-offending and helping prisoners to re-build their lives, forced labour and access to the arts for people with learning disabilities. He has a BA in French and Hispanic Studies from Kings College London, and recently completed an MA in International Development Management from the University of Westminster.

Lenka Niederschuh

Lenka joined Lemos&Crane as a research administrator in the beginning of 2015. She currently works on our Resilient Resettlement project, which aims at including more (ex-) homeless and vulnerable people into mainstream community activities. Moreover, she is involved in our work around the Good Prison project focusing on bringing musical activities and dog training programmes into prisons. Lenka has a BA in Cultural Anthropology and European Ethnology as well as Political Science from Johann Wolfgang Goethe University Frankfurt am Main, and recently graduated from an MSc in European Public Policy at UCL.



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.

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