About the author

Quintin BradleyQuintin Bradley is Senior Lecturer in Housing and Planning studies at Leeds Beckett University and is a researcher in  housing studies, community action and planning. He has published research into localism, community action,  inequality and urban social movements. He is the editor of Neighbourhood Planning and Localism: power to the people, published by Policy Press in 2017, and author of the The Tenants Movement published by Routledge.

Quintin started his  academic career by getting kicked out of university blamed for covering the campus in anarchist graffiti. He played in a punk band, became a gardener, furniture remover, and meals on wheels driver, before making the libel lawyers very happy as investigative reporter for the alternative press  Leeds Other Paper and Northern Star magazine. He contributed to Granada TV’s World in Action and The Guardian and published research for grassroots campaigns as I-Spy Productions. He was active in squatting and housing rights campaigns and established the Leeds Claimants Union.

Inspired by his housing campaign work, Quintin became a community worker for the tenants’ movement, working for Kirklees Federation of Tenants and Residents Associations and then Leeds Tenants Federation.  He joined Leeds Beckett University as a lecturer in 2008.