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
  • older people's housing
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A review of the Urban CLT Project

Project Director: Dr Tom Moore (University of Sheffield) / Dr Tom Archer (Sheffield Hallam University)
Project Duration: 2017-2018

The research will evaluate the extent to which the project has achieved its four key objectives; to establish 20 demonstration CLTs in different urban contexts, to increase awareness of the role that CLTs can play in meeting the need for affordable housing, to increase community capacity among urban CLTs, and to increase the public profile of such CLTs.  In addition the research will set out a range of implications for the future work of the National CLT Network.

Lewisham Borough Trailblazer: Exploring the Causes of Homelessness in Lewisham

Project Director: Dr Sadie Parr
Project Duration: 2017-2018

As part of the Trailblazer objective to reduce homelessness in Lewisham, and to better understand and meet the needs of homeless people, Lewisham Council commissioned the Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research at Sheffield Hallam University to carry out qualitative research exploring the causes of homelessness. This comprised two linked aims. To establish: the causes of homelessness from the homeless person’s perspective; the journeys of homeless people in terms of the services they have used to get help and support.

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.

Older people's housing, care and support needs in Greater Cambridge 2017-2036

Project Director: Dr Stephen Green
Project Duration: April 2017 - September 2017

In partnership with the University of Sheffield, CRESR have assessed the future housing, care and support needs of residents in Greater Cambridge. This work was commissioned by South Cambridgeshire District Council (SCDC), in collaboration with Cambridge City Council and Cambridgeshire County Council, with funding from NHS England's Healthy New Towns programme.

The research provides a range of findings for local partners on the future supply of older people's housing, and the linkages between such provision and a range of other services and policy areas. 

The project has also led to the development of a new tool to help local authorities across England assess the need for older people's housing in their area. This tool (HOPSR) is available to download via a link at the bottom of the page. HOPSR provides each local authority with recommendations about the number of age-exclusive homes, specialist homes and care beds required in their area in future years.  It also enables users to test different scenarios and plan on the basis of certain population sizes.

The recommendations are intended to stimulate discussion at a local level about how best to meet the requirements of an ageing population. The research shows that the future needs of older people can be met in different ways, and that local authorities and their partners should try to understand the relationship between different services and forms of accommodation to define local priorities and strategies for action.

The final report from the research Older people's housing, care and support needs in Greater Cambridge 2017-2036 is available to download here.

The Housing for Older People Supply Recommendations (HOPSR) tool is available here. Upon opening the file enable the macros and select one of the four options in the boxes.

Energy poverty and social relations: understanding vulnerability through secondary qualitative analysis

Project Director: Dr Lucie Middlemass (University of Leeds)
Project Duration: 2017-2018

This project draws on a large body of existing (under-utilised) qualitative data to investigate the impact of households’ social relations on vulnerability to energy poverty. The project team’s collective expertise in energy poverty, vulnerability and secondary data analysis will allow us to investigate the emerging link between social relations (friend and family relationships, and interactions with service providers) and households’ capacity to withstand energy poverty. Outputs will include a preliminary conceptual framework to explain how vulnerability to energy poverty is affected by social relations, and an analytical approach to secondary qualitative data on this topic. It is anticipated that outputs from the project will form the basis for future bid applications.

Get in touch

For further information please contact Dr Stephen Green at or call 0114 225 4519,
or Professor Ed Ferrari at or call 0114 225 4824.

Key clients

Arts and Humanities Research Council
Camden Council
Circle Housing Wherry
Consortium of Associations in the South East
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
London Borough of Lewisham Council
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 Scotland
South Cambridgeshire District Council
South Yorkshire Housing Association
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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