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
  • homelessness
  • 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
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Evaluation of the Cooperative Working Model

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).

ESRC Seminar Series: The health impact of cold homes and fuel poverty

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.

Wigan Deal for Warmth Evaluation

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.

Tackling poverty through housing and planning policy in city regions

Project Director: Dr Richard Crisp
Project Duration: 2015-2016

This project will look at the potential to to embed poverty reduction, affordable housing and inclusive growth in housing and planning policy at the city-regional level in England. It will undertake interviews and workshops with housing and planning experts to identify the extent to which housing and planning policies can be orientated to supporting households on low incomes.

Learning the lessons from the Voluntary right-to-buy pilots

Project Director: Professor Ian Cole
Project Duration: 2016

The aim of the project is to learn lessons from the pilot programme of the Voluntary Right to Buy (VRtB) scheme for housing associations in order to inform the successful implementation of the wider programme across the housing association sector. This will be achieved through analysis of management and administrative data, qualitative evidence from professionals involved with the five pilot case studies and tenants who have expressed an interest in the scheme, as well as a survey of households who have applied for VRtB in each pilot.

Get in touch

For further information please contact Dr Kesia Reeve at or call 0114 225 4519,
or Professor Paul Hickman at or call 0114 225 4522.

Key clients

Arts and Humanities Research Council
Camden Council
Circle Housing Wherry
Department for Communities and Local Government
Department for Work and Pensions
Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions (DETR)
Eaga Charitable Trust
Flagship Homes
Glasgow Housing Assocation
Home Office
Housing Partners
Hyde Housing Group and partners
Joseph Rowntree Foundation
Lambeth Council
Leeds City Council
Leeds Partnership Charitable Homes Ltd
Local Government Association
North East Derbyshire District Council
North Lincolnshire Council
Northern Ireland Housing Executive
Oldham Council
Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council
Shelter Scotland
Stoke-on-Trent City Council
Wakefield and District Housing
Welsh Assembly Government
West Yorkshire Housing Partnership
Wigan Council
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