Faculty & Staff

Michael E Stone, PhD

  • Professor of Community Planning, Community Studies, and Public Policy, College of Public and Community Service
  • Telephone: 617.287.7264
  • Fax: 617.287.7274


PhD, Princeton University

Professional Publications & Contributions

Additional Information

 For more than 40 years Professor Stone has been involved in teaching, research, policy analysis, program development, technical assistance and advocacy on housing, living standards and participatory planning. He works with local community groups, city and state agencies, and national advocacy organizations. He is the author of nearly 50 reports, articles, and chapters and 4 books. His book Shelter Poverty: New Ideas on Housing Affordability has been called "the definitive book on housing and social justice in the United States." His co-edited book, A Right to Housing: Foundation for a New Social Agenda, in which he also has three solely-authored chapters, was published by Temple University Press in February 2006. Some of the reviews of the book are as follows:

" Rachel Bratt, Michael Stone and Chester Hartman have organized a cogent argument for a right to  housing undergirded by the integrity of persuasive research. They have put forward a housing agenda that relies on sound facts and indisputable logic-never forgetting their passion for social justice."
- Nicolas P. Retsinas, Director, Joint Center for Housing Studies, Harvard University

"Bratt, Stone and Hartman have assembled an impressive volume of persuasive arguments and ideas for how to make U.S. housing policy more equitable, efficient and effective, and to set U.S. policy in the direction of a right to housing. A Right to Housing makes a valuable contribution to the literature of American social policy and to the progressive housing movement."
- Sheila Crowley, President, National Low Income Housing Coalition

"A landmark in progressive housing thought, this book is also a worthy American contribution to the global debate about social and economic rights and the adequacy of market-driven public policy. A must-read for all who care about economic inequality and the ongoing but largely overlooked housing crisis facing low-income people."
- Xavier de Souza Briggs, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and editor of The Geography of Opportunity

" A Right to Housing presents a compelling case for renewing this nation's commitment to ensuring decent, affordable housing for every American. This book includes thought-provoking and in-depth suggestions for achieving both real and lasting change."
- Conrad Egan, President and CEO of the National Housing Conference, and former Executive Director of the bipartisan Congressionally-appointed Millennial Housing Commission
There are four major facets to Professor Stone's research and professional work: first, housing affordability, as defined and measured through his concept of "shelter poverty," with emphasis on households headed by persons of color, women and elderly; second, the political economy of housing in the U.S., with particular attention to the structure and dynamics of the housing finance system; third, housing policy, on the various contours of housing policy in the U.S., but with increasing focus on models of social ownership—housing outside of the speculative market under various forms of resident and community control; fourth, collaborative action research with community organizations on issues of housing, income support, homelessness, and community change.

During 2002-2003, Professor Professor Stone spent 10 months in Britain as an Atlantic fellow in Public Policy, based at the Centre for Urban and Community Research, Goldsmiths College, University of London. During 2009-2010 he was a visiting scholar at the Institute for Social Research, Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia.


Burke, Stone, Ralston. 2010. Residual Incomes in Australia.

Stone, Ralston, Burke. 2010. Victoria Residual-Income Home-Purchaser Affordability Model.

Stone. 2009. Unaffordable “Affordable” Housing.

Stone. 2009. Housing and the Financial Crisis: What happened and what to do about it

Stone, 2006. A Housing Affordability Standard for the UK

Stone. 2006. What is Housing Affordability? The Case for the Residual Income Approach

Stone. 2006. Housing Affordability for Households of Color in Massachusetts

Stone. 2006. Housing Affordability. In A Right to Housing.

Stone. 2006. Pernicious Problems of Housing Finance. In A Right to Housing.

Stone. 2006. Social Ownership. In A Right to Housing.

Stone. 2003. UK Social Housing

Stone, 1993. Housing Affordability and Social Change. In Shelter Poverty: New Ideas on Housing Affordability.