Douglas is a highly skilled social researcher specialising in housing policy evaluation. Douglas taught both housing and sociology at the Stirling University for 30 years. His research work has embraced a variety of housing practices, most recently private tenancy laws and their regulation, public policy, social theory and its links to place, belonging and identity, conceptions of ‘home’, private flatted property management systems, European social housing, and Scottish housing and planning history. He retains a long-standing interest in tenements and the challenge of ensuring their proper management and maintenance. Douglas’s research specialisms include qualitative interviewing, literature reviews, sampling and statistical analysis. Douglas has also authored three research methods texts designed as practical guides for housing and social work practitioners. Douglas holds an Honours degree in Geography, from the University of Aberdeen, and a PhD in Social Science from the University of Glasgow for his study of the city’s pioneering tenement improvement programme. He also holds an Honorary Professorship at Stirling.