David Webster is an Honorary Senior Research Fellow in Urban Studies at the University of Glasgow. He studied Economics at Queens’ College, Cambridge, has an MBA and PhD from the University of Glasgow and is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences and of the Chartered Institute of Housing. He was previously Housing Strategy Manager with Glasgow City Council, 1981-2010 and has worked at the Board of Trade, London School of Economics, London Boroughs Association and Centre for Environmental Studies and been an adviser to the House of Commons Environment, Social Security and Scottish Affairs Committees. He has published widely on housing and his work on the labour market consequences of deindustrialisation is at http://theses.gla.ac.uk/1720/. He is currently carrying out an in-depth critical investigation into disallowances and sanctions in the UK unemployment insurance system since 1911. His webpage is at http://www.gla.ac.uk/schools/socialpolitical/staff/davidwebster/ and his papers on benefit sanctions are at www.cpag.org.uk/david-webster.