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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Housing Options for Older People in Doncaster

Project Director: Professor David Robinson
Project Duration: 2014-2015

The aim is to deliver a robust evidence base profiling housing, care and support provision, preferences and needs in Doncaster for older people and primary carers aged 55+ years.  This will be used to inform a strategic plan of housing options for the future.

Evaluation of Measures to Change Housing Benefit and Local Housing Allowances in the Private Rented Sector in the UK

Project Director: Professor Ian Cole
Project Duration: 2011-2014

To monitor the impact of the changes to Housing Benefit and Local Housing Allowances in the private rented sector introduced by the government in 2010.

Evaluation of Mobility Demonstration Projects

Project Director: Professor David Robinson
Project Duration: 2011-2013

An evaluation assessing the costs, benefits and transferable lessons from 12 Housing Mobility Demonstration projects designed to promote mobility within the social rented sector through mutual exchange. As well as a research report, the study generated guidance on promoting mutual exchange which was published by DCLG and circulated to all local authorities and housing associations in England. The guidance can be found here.

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.

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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