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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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).

Preparing for Green Deal

Project Director: Jan Gilbertson
Project Duration: 2012-2013

Responsibility for improving energy efficiency levels in the private rented sector lies largely with private landlords. The recent introduction of the Green Deal and the Energy Company Obligation (ECO), which runs alongside the Green Deal, are designed to support the take-up of energy efficient home improvements and are now the main vehicles, other than self-finance, by which private landlords can improve the thermal efficiency of their properties. 

Evaluation of Managed Migration Initiatives Supported by the European Reguee Fund and the European Integration Fund

Project Director: Professor David Robinson
Project Duration: 2010-2012

An evaluation of the efficiency and effectiveness of a series of projects designed to support the integration of refugees and third country nationals.  Projects were funded under two European Commission funds (European Integration Fund and European Refugee Fund) and research outputs informed Home Office compliance with EC monitoring requirements.  

Understanding the Housing Mutual Model

Project Director: Professor Paul Hickman
Project Duration: 2012

With the dramatic reduction in the resources available to social housing landlords, the emergence of a 'Big Society' agenda and rhetorical (though not substantive) support from the Coalition Government, the housing mutual model is being considered as an appealing future social housing option by local housing authorities and housing associations.  Mutual housing organisations, in which all staff and tenants have a direct interest (with limited liability), are believed to provide cost savings and be more attuned to local needs and priorities. However, very little research has been undertaken into such models. This study, then,  examines the potential of the housing mutual model and seek to explore the extent to which it is a viable option.

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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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