The research team

We have a great team of people working to deliver our research projects. Here you can find out more about them and what projects they are currently working on.

Mary-Kathryn Rallings Adams, Director of Research

Heading up the team is Mary-Kathryn, who joined HACT in April 2013. In her role as Director of Research at HACT, Mary-Kathryn manages a range of research projects, working with clients both within and beyond the housing sector.

Prior to joining the HACT team, she completed her doctorate in Social Anthropology, exploring the intersection of urban regeneration, conflict and social policy in Northern Ireland. She has authored peer-reviewed journal articles, as well as various research reports for HACT and other think tanks, and regularly contributes to working groups, seminars and conferences committed to interdisciplinary research in academia as well as in the third sector.

Main projects currently working on: Healthy EatingTenancy Sustainment, Resident SatisfactionCommunity Investment and Bottom Line, Procurement Framework.


Jim Vine, Director of Evidence, Data and Insight

Jim joined HACT in May 2013 and is leading on HACT’s exciting innovation programme. He was previously Head of Programme, UK Housing Policy and Practice at Building and Social Housing Foundation. Prior to ths Jim worked mainly in the private rented sector.

Jim has received several awards for his voluntary community work. He has an MSci degree in Physics, an MA in Housing Policy and Practice, and has recently completed an Executive MBA at Cranfield School of Management.

Main projects currently working on: Tenancy SustainmentResident SatisfactionHomelessness, Standards of Evidence in Housing.

Frances Harkin, Research Officer

Frances Harkin joined HACT as a Research Officer in February 2015. Coming from a qualitative research background, she has extensive experience of researching diverse communities.

Her PhD research explored the role that sport plays in the construction of identity and community with a particular focus upon the significance of sport for members of London’s Irish population. Frances has a keen interest in research on community and identity development, migration and the social role of sport, both in academia and the third sector. She continues to sustain an academic profile through participation in academic events and peer-reviewed publications.

Main projects currently working on: Tenancy SustainmentResident Satisfaction, Community Asset Transfer.


William Howard, Research Officer

Will joined HACT in January 2015. He recently completed an MSc in Sociology at the London School of Economics, in which he focussed on the application of theory to research, as well as looking at the relationship between political theory and urban form. Prior to that he completed his undergraduate degree in Geography at the University of Birmingham, undertaking his dissertation on homeless mobility and its effects in the city of Oxford.

His principal interest is in how research can be successfully applied to understand and tackle urban inequality.

Main projects currently working on: Healthy EatingCommunity Investment and Bottom LineProcurement Framework.


Christina Knudsen, Data Scientist

Christina joined HACT in June 2015. After completing her Psychology degree at Cardiff University, she went on to read Data Science at Royal Holloway, University of London and is in the process of gaining her MSc. Christina has an interest in the public sector and has previously worked for the NHS during her studies. The opportunity to use her analytic and programming skills while working at HACT is something Christina is greatly looking forward to. 

Main projects currently working on: Community Investment and Bottom Line, Housing Trends after the Localism Act.