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Ms Pilgrim Tucker

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Professional biography

Pilgrim's PhD uses the concepts of social harm, and structural and institutional violence, to examine the impacts of housing related policy. Taking an inter-disciplinary approach, her PhD develops a social history of the area around Lancaster West estate (of which Grenfell Tower was part) from the first residential development on that piece of land in the early 19th Century. It draws on archival sources and oral histories to examine residents’ experiences of housing policy and practice, and the political dynamics surrounding these, over time.

Pilgrim has extensive professional experience of campaigning on housing and other social policy issues, and her background in community organising has focused particularly on building voice and capacity amongst marginalised social groups. She has published a number of articles on in national print media, and has appeared many times on national radio and tv as a specialist on housing related issues.

She is funded by the ESRC DTP programme.

Book Chapters:

Becka Hudson and Pilgrim Tucker (2019). Struggles for Social Housing Justice. In Bulley, D. Edkins, J. and El-Enany, N. After Grenfell: Violence, Resistance and Response: Pluto Press

Marjorie Mayo and Pilgrim Tucker, with Mat Danaher, (2016) Community unionism: looking backwards, looking forwards. In:  Shaw, M. and Mayo, M. Class, Inequality and Community Development: Policy Press


Research interests

Political Economy of Housing

Housing Policy

Local Government

State - Civil Society Relationships