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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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.

Advice on the Development of a Neighbourhood Baselining Approach

Project Director: Sarah Pearson
Project Duration: 2012

CRESR is supporting Sheffield Housing Company and Sheffield City Council to establish an effective baselining approach to measure outcome change in the neighbourhoods in which it is working.

User perspectives in low energy housing

Project Director: Aimee Ambrose
Project Duration: 2012-2013

The project ran from March 2012 to March 2013 and used video to capture the realities of living in an eco-home.  Through three case studies of recent low energy housing developments located in Nottingham, Rotherham and Manchester/Salford we worked with residents to understand the benefits, pitfalls and daily challenges of living in a low energy home. We wanted residents to be able to tell their own story about low energy life in their own words and allowed them to guide the researchers and film crew around their homes explaining things like why they lived there, where they had lived in the past and how their current home compared to previous properties, what they liked about their home and what they found more challenging. Watch the three videos to find out what residents thought of their homes. A short summary video is also available which pulls together key insights from across the three films.

Evaluating Places for People’s Neighbourhood Strategy

Project Director: Dr Stephen Green
Project Duration: 2012

This project aims to evaluate Places for People’s operational emphasis on a ‘neighbourhoods’ approach.  This includes examining bespoke approaches towards defining neighbourhoods, collating data, assessing and banding neighbourhoods and neighbourhood-level interventions (neighbourhood planning).

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
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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