Andrew Watson

Andrew Watson

PhD Student Researcher

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Andrew was educated at the University of Northampton (MBA) and the University of Glasgow (MSc Real Estate). He is currently a PhD Researcher based within Urban Studies and is an associate of both the UBDC and CaCHE. He is a member of the Housing Studies Association and a supporter of the CACHE ‘Policy Fellows Programme’. Recent project work includes fulfilling the role of Principal Investigator on a UKRI funded project seeking private landlord perspectives on COVID-19 related temporary PRS legislation.

Prior to entering Academia, Andrew held a number of employed and consulting roles within Real Estate, Facilities Management and Residential Property sectors.

Research summary

Andrew's PhD research is focused in addressing shortfalls in our understanding of the investment behaviours of landlords within the Private Rented Sector. The project is a mixed methods study of landlords in Scotland whose outputs will be of interest to policy makers, landlords, service providers and anyone else concerned with ensuring the stability of investment patterns and conditions within the sector.

Research interests

  • Housing Policy
  • The PRS as an Investment
  • The Investment Behaviours of PRS Landlords
  • Investment Risk with the PRS
  • Property Conditions within the PRS


  • The Pandemic Arrears Crisis: Private landlord perspectives on the temporary legislation impacting the Private Rented Sector (CaCHE)

Evidence Sessions


  • As Safe As Houses- Glasgow University CoSS PhD Scholarship (2018- £53k)
  • As Safe As Houses- SafeDeposits Scotland Charitable Trust Research Funding (2018- £7k)
  • Approaching the cliff edge? The intentions of private sector landlords on cessation of the eviction ban in Scotland- ESRC (2021- £35k) (Grant no: ES/W002868/1)
  • Ready for Anything- SafeDeposits Scotland Charitable Trust Research Funding (2022- £8k)

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