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
Search our work

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.

Review of Squatting

Project Director: Dr Kesia Reeve
Project Duration: 2011

CRESR was commissioned by Crisis to draw together existing evidence, and revisit datasets from past CRESR projects, to produce a short report exploring the link between squatting and homelessness. The purpose of the report was to supply evidence for the Government consultation on options for dealing with squatting.

New Migration, Neighbourhood Effects and Community Change

Project Director: Professor David Robinson
Project Duration: 2011

A research review commissioned as part of the the Connected Communities programme that set out to test claims about new migration having a major impact on settled residents through a review of the evidence base relating to local experiences of new migration.  Two key priorities for future research emerge from this review.  First, the development of conceptual models of causation relating to the pathways through which place informs and is impacted on by migration.  Second, greater understanding of how to actively promote cosmopolitan practices in the context of new migration and analysis of good practice in bridge building between new and long-standing residents.

Families and Work: Revisiting Barriers to Employment

Project Director: Professor David Robinson
Project Duration: 2011

This study was commissioned by the Department for Work and Pensions to explore whether incentives intended to support parents to make the transition into work were succeeding in helping parents overcome barriers known to impede engagement in the formal labour market.

Rochdale Families Project

Project Director: Professor John Flint
Project Duration: 2010-2011

A team of researchers at CRESR and Sheffield Hallam University were commissioned by New Heart for Heywood New Deal for Communities (NDC) and Rochdale Borough Council to evaluate the Rochdale Families Project.

The project, funded by the New Heart for Heywood NDC, aimed to provide early intervention and intensive support to vulnerable families and to prevent risks including children being accommodated by the local authority, exclusion from education and entry into the criminal justice system. The project was based on a key worker outreach model and worked with a total of 18 families.

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
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
Nationwide Foundation
North East Derbyshire District Council
North Lincolnshire Council
Northern Housing Consortium
Northern Ireland Housing Executive
Nottingham City Clinical Commissioning Group
Oldham Council
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 Housing Partnership
White Rose Collaboration Fund project
Wigan Council
Follow us

Bookmark or share this page