The housing team at CRESR is one of the largest groups of specialist housing researchers in the UK. It has gained an unrivalled reputation for high-quality, policy-oriented evaluations and reports.
While it has experience in a range of subjects, it has particular expertise in the following areas:
- housing market analysis
- housing market renewal and regeneration
- the private rented sector and the Local Housing Allowance
- housing modernisation
- the housing circumstances of different social and ethnic groups
- housing's role in creating more mixed communities
- tenant participation
- the housing needs of gypsies and travellers
- housing policy, housing management and service delivery
Project Director: Professor Paul Hickman
Project Duration: 2015-2018
Stoke-on-Trent City Council is reconfiguring its approach to supporting vulnerable households across the city of Stoke. This study is (principally) concerned with evaluating this new approach, which is called Cooperative Working.
The project team also includes Chris Damm (Sheffield Hallam University), Annette Haywood (ScHARR, University of Sheffield), Sue Baxter (ScHARR, University of Sheffield), Susi Sadler (ScHARR, University of Sheffield) and Helen Hardcastle (Qa Research).
Principal Applicant: Professor Angela Tod / Co-applicants: Jan Gilbertson, Professor Christine Liddell, Catherine Homer
Project Duration: 2015-2018
This seminar series will generate new understanding of human behaviour regarding cold homes, fuel poverty and their impact on health by reviewing current evidence, identifying evidence gaps and priorities for future research. The series will explicitly consider the influence of social and health inequalities, and focus on policy influences, impact and interventions. It will add to existing academic knowledge by reviewing and synthesising existing evidence, and will identify gaps in knowledge.
Project Director: Aimee Ambrose
Project Duration: 2015-2017
An evaluation of the Wigan Deal for Warmth programme which is part of DECC’s Health and Fuel Poverty Booster Fund, which aims to address health and wellbeing issues linked to cold, inefficient homes by intervening to improve energy efficiency.
Project Director: Dr Stephen Green
Project Duration: 2016-2017
This report presents the key findings from a rapid evaluation of the impact of the St Basils 'Positive Pathway' accommodation and support model for young people. The Positive Pathway Model aims to 'help public service commissioners and providers of services to work together in planning and delivering services for young people recognising that safe, decent and affordable housing underpins achievement of other positive outcomes – whether these relate to education, training, employment, health, or safer communities’. The evaluation was commissioned by St Basils and conducted by the Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research (CRESR) at Sheffield Hallam University. The funders of the model, the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG), requested a rapid evaluation to understand more about the model's impact within English local authorities. This report is the main output from this rapid evaluation, and aims to provide St Basils, DCLG, and their partners with a better understanding of the impact and traction that the Positive Pathway Model is having within local authorities and the effectiveness of St Basils' efforts to promote it. Based on these findings, the report makes recommendations with a view to supporting further development and refinement of the model.
Project Director: Professor Ian Cole
Project Duration: 2016
As the level of housebuilding in UK has continued to fall short of the required numbers, this project explored the activities and financial performance of the UK’s biggest private housebuilding firms. Expanding on a 2014 study which looked at housebuilding in an age of austerity, this research was commissioned internally by Sheffield Hallam University. It identifies concentrations in the housebuilding market, the factors shaping housebuilder behaviour, and the focus of the biggest firms on maximising profit over the volume of houses built. The study argues for measures which facilitate development by non-profit bodies, such as local authorities, housing associations and community-led organisations.