CRESR

Housing

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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Letting to under-35s: A survey of private landlords

Project Director: Dr Ben Pattison
Project Duration: 2016-2017

This projects uses a survey to investigate landlord’s experiences and perceptions of letting to under-35s.


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.


Housing, integration and segregation: A rapid evidence review

Project Director: Dr Tom Archer
Project Duration: April 2017 - May 2017

The project has entailed a rapid review of literature related to how housing policies and practices can impact on issues of  integration and segregation. The review has revealed gaps in current knowledge, good practice examples, and emerging policy considerations. 


The Positive Pathway Model: A Rapid Evaluation of its Impact

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. 


Profits before Volume? Major housebuilders and the crisis of housing supply

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.


Get in touch

For further information please contact Dr Kesia Reeve at k.reeve@shu.ac.uk or call 0114 225 4519,
or Professor Paul Hickman at p.g.hickman@shu.ac.uk or call 0114 225 4522.

Key clients

Arts and Humanities Research Council
Camden Council
Circle Housing Wherry
Consortium of Associations in the South East
Crisis
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
Nottingham City Clinical Commissioning Group
Oldham Council
Residential Landlords Association
Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council
Shelter
Shelter Scotland
South Cambridgeshire District Council
St Basils
Stoke-on-Trent City Council
Wakefield and District Housing
Welsh Assembly Government
West Yorkshire Housing Partnership
White Rose Collaboration Fund project
Wigan Council
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