Dr Helen Taylor

​ ​Job Title:            Lecturer in Housing 
Room No:          D3.04b
Telephone No:  + 44 (0) 29 2041 5806
Email Address:  htaylor@cardiffmet.ac.uk 



My teaching focusses on housing policy (including devolution), welfare, and research skills. I also have experience of dissertation supervision, with a focus on homelessness and legislation. In my teaching and supervision I encourage active learning, and draw on my experience of working both in the policy and homelessness sectors.​


I am currently finishing my PhD which is a piece of Applied Philosophy. The research looks to create a tangible policy test for social justice, and applies this to the Housing (Wales) Act as a case study. My research interests include applying philosophical concepts to contemporary policy issues, as well as exploring the development of devolution on policy agendas.


Journal Articles

Kaehne, A. and Taylor, H. 2016 Do public consultations work? The case of the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Bill. Public Policy and Administration 31 (1), pp. 80-99

Taylor, H. (forthcoming) The Principles of Housing. Housing Studies

Research Papers

Plaid Cymru: The case for further devolution of welfare for Wales: Dignity and Efficiency through Delivery [April 2015]

I was commissioned by Plaid Cymru to write a paper on how further powers over welfare could be devolved to Wales, and how the welfare system could be improved accordingly.


•Good Riddance to the Pereira Test! (In England at least…) – CIH Cymru [May 2015]

•To vote or not to vote – that is the question! (Sort of) – CIH Cymru [May 2015]

•Scotland, Wales, and Social Justice – Wales Governance Centre [September 2014]

•For Wales; see England – Wales Governance Centre [September 2014]

•Housing First? Approaches in Wales and Europe – WCIA Voices [July 2014]

•Welsh Government's legislation needs more focus – Click On Wales [February 2014]

•The Housing (Wales) Bill: Making a difference? – Welsh Housing Quarterly [January 2014]

•Housing research – Making a difference? Welsh Housing Quarterly [January 2014]

•Welsh Housing Bill retreats on social justice – Click On Wales [November 2013]

•The cost of social justice? Just 5p! – Bevan Foundation [October 2012]

•Capability, the Paralympics, and Benefits – Bevan Foundation [September 2012]


Doorway Wiltshire: I have undertaken a number of surveys for the drop-in centre focussing on particular aspects on client needs. These have been published as annual reports providing an overview of the impact of particular policy areas on clients in a frontline organisation.

•The Real Impact of Welfare Reform [2013]

•Welfare reforms and agency [2012]

•Needs Impact and the Future [2012]

•The Face of Homelessness [2011]

Wales Governance Centre/Cardiff University Centre for Journalism: General Election 2015: Guide for Community Journalists [April 2015]

I co-ordinated and co-wrote this journalism guide by the Wales Governance Centre and Cardiff University's Centre for Community Journalism. It outlined issues pertinent to covering the election in Wales, including areas which are devolved and those which are not and potential implications of the Lobbying Act.

External Links

Board Membership

​Tai Pawb – the organisation for equality and social justice in housing in Wales. [2014 – ongoing]

Cymorth Cymru – the umbrella body for providers of homelessness, housing-related support and social care services in Wales. [2015 – ongoing]

Committee Roles

Housing Studies Association - the leading independent forum for the promotion of housing studies. [2016 – ongoing]

Welsh Housing Quarterly magazine – Wales' independent housing and regeneration magazine (2016 – ongoing)