Research and Insight Manager

Dr. Bekah Ryder, Research and Insight Manager (she/her)

Bekah is an experienced researcher working within social housing. She uses mixed methods and is passionate about using evidence to develop policy and practice.


Bekah works with large national datasets, designs and undertakes bespoke surveys, and specialises in qualitative research using interviews and focus groups. She is adept at project management and policy development.

About Bekah

Bekah joined Altair in November 2022. She worked in town planning, she moved into research, undertaking a PhD on young people living in mixed community developments. She worked for community development and children’s charities before moving to the National Housing Federation (the trade body for housing associations in England).

Recent Altair Assignments

Rightsizing project for local authority, undertaking mixed method research to develop a rightsizing policy for the local authority and their registered providers.

Research into flooring provision in social housing, seeking to understand current practice and what might drive improvements in standards.

Developing inclusive recruitment toolkit for use by boards of housing associations on behalf of trade body.


2017-2022 – Research Lead, National Housing Federation

2019 – Customer Insight Manager (secondment), National Housing Federation

2015-17 – Senior Researcher, National Children’s Bureau

2014-15 – Research Officer, Community Development Foundation


Housing Homeless Families, National Housing Federation, 2022

How diverse is the housing association workforce? National Housing Federation, 2021

Universal Credit: claiming during the coronavirus pandemic, National Housing Federation, 2021

Universal Credit in a time of crisis, National Housing Federation, 2021

Experiences of housing associations delivering Housing First, National Housing Federation, 2020

Equality, diversity and inclusion in housing association staff in England, National Housing Federation, 2020

Fun Facts

In her spare time, she enjoys swimming, music, reading and art, but the reality is that most of her time is spent parenting.

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