Jim has been the lead researcher for the last two years on CHIC (Collaborative Housing and Innovation in Care) project, based at the University of Bristol.

He has worked as a researcher in the field of community led housing and ageing for several years, following a PhD (2019) that explored the negotiation of later life and mutual support among established cohousing groups of older people in Berlin.

He originally trained as a Chartered Building Surveyor and project manager, working primarily on housing renewal schemes across London and the southeast. He subsequently lived in Berlin for several years, writing on architecture and urban planning, and got interested in the city's legacy of collaborative and self-managed housing projects.