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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Homes In Community Hands Evaluation

Project Director: Dr Tom Archer
Project Duration: 2019-2023

This evaluation seeks to understand the impact of Power to Change's funding on the community-led housing sector (CLH), and specifically on those organisations receiving grants to support and develop housing schemes.  It will focus principally on the five urban areas where Power to Change is concentrating its Homes in Community Hands grant funding.

UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence (CaCHE)

Director and Principal Investigator: Ken Gibb (Glasgow University)
Co-investigator and Knowledge Exchange Lead (North England / Midlands): Ed Ferrari (Sheffield Hallam University)

Project Duration: 2017-2022

The Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence (CaCHE) is an independent, multi-disciplinary and multi-sector consortium of academic and non-academic stakeholders. CaCHE is UK-wide in coverage (across all four nations and at different spatial scales within), as well as UK-level in focus. It will advance knowledge and improve the evidence base for both housing policy and practice in all parts of the U.K.

Twenty11 Full Trial Independent Evaluation

Project Director: Professor Ed Ferrari
Project dates: 2020-2021

CRESR and Sonnet Advisory & Impact are working with Red Kite to understand the social impact of their Twenty11 housing offer.

Research into local authority enforcement in the private rented sector and property guardianship

Project Director: Dr Kesia Reeve
Project Duration: 2020-2021

This study is focused on two key issues. Firstly, it explores how local authorities (LAs) in England are using their enforcement powers in the private rented sector. Secondly, it explores the extent and characteristics of property guardianship in England including attention to issues such as conditions, fees, geography and the profile and experiences of property guardians. It draws on a bespoke survey of local authorities in England, case study work and qualitative interviews with property guardians.

Learning and Evaluation Partner

Project Director: Sarah Pearson
Project Duration: 2018-2020

CRESR is working with the Nationwide Foundation as the Evaluation and Learning Partner for its Decent Affordable Homes (DAH) strategy and funding programmes. The project aims are to evaluate and learn from the progress of the Foundation’s three programmes and their contribution towards the overall outcomes for DAH, and to help the Foundation with its continuous learning as a grant making organisation.

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
Charities Aid Foundation (CAF Venturesome)
Chartered Institute of Housing Scotland
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
Fulfilling Lives Lambeth Southwark Lewisham
Glasgow Housing Assocation
Government Equalities Office
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
Nationwide Foundation
North East Derbyshire District Council
North Lincolnshire Council
Northern Housing Consortium
Northern Ireland Housing Executive
Nottingham City Clinical Commissioning Group
Oldham Council
Red Kite Community Housing Association
Residential Landlords Association
Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council
Scottish Federation of Housing Associations
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 Combined Authority
West Yorkshire Housing Partnership
White Rose Collaboration Fund project
Wigan Council
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