Nicholas Pleace has worked at the Centre for Housing Policy since 1991. His research interests centre on homelessness and housing exclusion. He has an interest in the links between housing and poverty, inequality, worklessness, social marginalisation, crime, anti-social behaviour, prejudice and negative area effects. He also has an interest in the relationships between ICTs, e-government and socio-economic exclusion and has directed research for DWP on data sharing and data protection for vulnerable groups. Nicholas has evaluated services and pilot programmes targeted on homeless former offenders, people sleeping rough, young homeless people, homeless families, homeless children and households and people at risk of homelessness.

He has directed research and service evaluations for the Department of Communities and Local Government, the former Housing Corporation, the Department for Work and Pensions, the Department of Health, the Scottish Government, Crisis, Shelter, Centrepoint and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. He has directed or managed over 40 research and evaluation projects with a collective value of over £3 million during the course of his career.