Lisa Whitehouse graduated from Hull in 1993 with a First Class
Honours Degree in Law and completed her Ph.D. examining the law of
mortgage in 1999.
Dr Lisa Whitehouse, in collaboration with Professor Susan
Bright at Oxford University, has secured funding from the John
Fell OUP Research Fund, the University of Oxford Research Support
Fund and the ESRC Impact Acceleration Account for a
project on housing possession cases.
Lisa is currently working collaboratively with Professor Susan
Bright (New College, Oxford), Professor Mandeep Dhami (Psychology,
Middlesex University), Saoirse Connor Desai (Research Assistant,
City University) and a range of non-academic stakeholders on a
project which explores decision-making within housing possession
cases. The research team plans to undertake a pilot empirical
survey of court records in 2016 to be followed by a larger scale
empirical survey to be conducted in 2018 and for which they hope to
secure substantial funding.
This project follows on from research conducted by Lisa and
Professor Bright into the practical operation of the housing
possession process. Funded by the John Fell OUP Research Fund, the
University of Oxford Research Support Fund, Hull Law School and the
Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), Lisa and Professor
Bright interviewed district judges, duty desk solicitors, lenders,
landlords and housing advisors. Findings
of the pilot project are online. The main report arising
out of the project was cited in the Supreme Court case of McDonald
(by her litigation friend Duncan J McDonald) v McDonald and others,
UKSC 2014/0234, March 2016.
As a follow-on from this research, Lisa and Professor
Bright organised a
seminar which brings together key actors from the housing
possession process to learn more about their respective roles and
to consider how to improve defendant engagement in the process.
The seminar is funded by the ESRC as part of its knowledge exchange
Lisa Whitehouse would be interested in supervising research
students on topics in housing law and empirical legal research. She
has supervised students working on mortgage repossessions and
‘rights’ in relation to housing.