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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Direct Payments Evaluation

Project Director: Professor Paul Hickman
Project Duration: 2011-2013

The Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research is leading a research consortium, commissioned by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), to evaluate the Direct Payment Demonstration Projects programme. The other research partners are the Oxford Institute of Social Policy (OISP) at the University of Oxford and Ipsos MORI (MORI).

Sheffield Strategic Housing Market Assessment

Project Director: Ryan Powell (CRESR) and Ed Ferrari (University of Sheffield)
Project Duration: 2013

This research represents a comprehensive assessment of the Sheffield housing market focusing on the housing needs of the City and its residents in terms of the demand and supply of suitable accommodation over the next five years. The research involved both quantitative and qualitative research techniques in quantifying housing need, capturing change in the local and sub-regional context and understanding the perspectives and needs of residents and stakeholders. Specific tasks included secondary data analysis, a survey of residents across the City and in-depth qualitative interviews with a sub-set of residents and key stakeholders.

Knowledge Transfer and Action Research Supporting Development a City Wide Model for Whole Household Interventions in Sheffield

Project Director: Professor David Robinson
Project Duration: 2012-2013

This knowledge transfer project involved a team from CRESR working alongside Sheffield City Council and its partners to support the ongoing development of the key worker, whole household approach to delivering services to vulnerable people across the city.

Evaluating Places for People’s Community Champions Initiative

Project Director: Dr Stephen Green
Project Duration: 2012

Places for People's Community Champions Initiative is an educational programme delivered to Year 6 pupils in primary schools. Over eight sessions pupils consider the kind of neighbourhood they want to live in and their involvement in it. This typically includes issues such as dealing with peer pressure, facing choices and understanding the consequences of one's actions.

The Economic Impact of Housing Organisation on the North

Project Director: Ian Wilson
Project Duration: 2012

The study assessed the economic impact of housing organisations on the North in relation to output expenditure and jobs supported and Gross Value Added (GVA) provided.

It encompassed both direct and indirect effects from the 'day-to-day' activities of providers,  including construction, housing management and community investment.

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
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
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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