FORREST Ray, Prof.

  • 8 Castle Peak Road, Tuen Mun

    Hong Kong

  • 2483 Scopus Citations
  • 25 Scopus h-Index
1979 …2021
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Personal profile


Ray Forrest is Research Professor in Cities and Social Change and Director of the Centre for Social Policy and Social Change. Before joining Lingnan he was Chair Professor of Housing and Urban Studies and Head of the Department of Public Policy at City University of Hong Kong. Previously, he has worked at the University of Birmingham (UK) and the University of Bristol. At Bristol he was appointed as Chair Professor in Urban Studies in 1994 and was Head of the School for Policy Studies (2001-2004), Associate Director/Director of the Centre for East Asian Studies (2004-2008) and co-director of the ESRC Centre for Neighbourhood Research (2001-2005). He has also held visiting appointments at the Universities of Hong Kong, Glasgow and Amsterdam. Ray is Emeritus Professor of Urban Studies at Bristol and a Fellow of the UK Academy of Social Sciences. His research focuses on the sociology and political economy of the contemporary city with a particular focus on housing markets and housing policy. He has been PI on some 50 externally funded research projects. Ray is currently co-editor of the Palgrave series, The Contemporary City and of the Routledge series, Explorations in Housing Studies. He is founding member and on the steering group of the Asia-Pacific Network of Housing Researchers.

Research interests

Urban political economy, Socio-spatial change in the contemporary city, Housing markets and the macro economy, Housing policy and social inequality, The family and social change

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Projects 2016 2021

Research Output 1979 2019

A Review of “Urban warfare: housing under the empire of finance”, By Raquel Rolnik

FORREST, R., 11 Oct 2019, In : International Journal of Housing Policy. 19, 4, p. 599-601 3 p.

Research output: Journal PublicationsReview article

Book Review: A City Mismanaged: Hong Kong's Struggle for Survival

FORREST, R., Mar 2019, In : China Quarterly. 237, p. 267-269

Research output: Journal PublicationsReview article

From Chicago to Shenzhen, via Birmingham : Zones of Transition and Dream of Homeownership

FORREST, R., 17 Jul 2019, The City in China: New Perspectives on Contemporary Urbanism. FORREST, R., REN, J. & WISSINK, B. (eds.). Bristol University Press, p. 81-100

Research output: Book Chapters | Papers in Conference ProceedingsBook ChapterResearchpeer-review

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Activities 2008 2018

  • 2 Editorial (Book Series)
  • 1 Editorial Membership
  • 1 Editorial (Journal)

Explorations in Housing Studies (Journal)

Ray FORREST (Series Editor), Janet SMITH (Series Editor), Keith JACOBS (Series Editor)
2018 → …

Activity: Editorial / Peer-review Work Editorial (Book Series)

Housing Studies (Journal)

Ray FORREST (Member of editorial board)
2018 → …

Activity: Editorial / Peer-review Work Editorial Membership

The Contemporary City (Journal)

Ray FORREST (Series Editor), Richard RONALD (Series Editor)
2017 → …

Activity: Editorial / Peer-review Work Editorial (Book Series)

Press / Media




1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Research / Knowledge Transfer