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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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.

Tackling poverty through housing and planning policy in city regions

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

This project looked at the potential to embed poverty reduction, affordable housing and inclusive growth in housing and planning policy at the city-regional level in England. We conducted 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.

Energy efficiency in the private rented sector: what tenants really think

Project Director: Aimee Ambrose
Project Duration: 2015-2016

Previous research in the UK has established that private landlords think that energy efficiency is not important to their tenants. This project will use a combination of short postal surveys and in-depth qualitative interviews with tenants of low value private rented properties in two case study locations (Hackney and Rotherham) to test this assumption. The project will also establish the likelihood that tenants will use the provisions of forthcoming legislation under the Energy Act to request energy efficiency improvements from their landlords and whether they would be willing to pay more in rent for a more energy efficient property (landlords assume they would not). By better understanding tenants' perspectives on energy efficiency, clarifying their needs, expectations and competing priorities it is hoped that this project will contribute to the development of better informed approaches to driving up standards of energy performance at the lower end of the Private Rented Sector.

An evaluation of the Foundations Independent Living Trust Warm at Home Programme

Project Director: Jan Gilbertson
Project Duration: 2015-2016

The primary purpose of this study is to evaluate the Foundations Independent Living Trust (FILT) Warm at Home (WAH) Programme in terms of the impacts on health and wellbeing of households in receipt of the Programme as seen from both the perspective of Home Improvement Agencies delivering the Programme and beneficiaries. The evaluation also considers the FILT, HIA and national body of HIAs model for delivery of home-based interventions as a vehicle to combat the impact on health of poorly heated homes occupied by vulnerable householders. To do this it is important to understand which interventions (systems, processes and interventions) have worked well for whom and why.

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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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