Elanor trained and worked as an architect and urban designer, before focusing on applied built environment research. She now works within the social housing sector embedding learning and good practice about housing, placemaking and urban renewal. Initially a research fellow at UCL, Elanor studied city design at LSE, receiving a PhD from King’s College London on the regeneration of post-war housing estates. She spent seven years as Head of Research at CABE, managing a diverse research programme providing evidence to shape national policy and embed good design practices within the industry.
With interests spanning well-designed buildings to sustainable new settlements, her research projects have included the implementation of Lifetime Neighbourhoods, the success of planning mechanisms used in recent ecotown / garden village programmes, and methods for measuring social value and wellbeing to inform regeneration decisions. Much research since establishing the Research Manager role at the Peabody Housing Trust in 1999, has focused on the design and delivery of good affordable housing. Elanor is currently Head of Strategic Policy and Research at Clarion Housing Group, England’s largest housing association. She is a postgraduate supervisor at the Bartlett, UCL and Cambridge University.