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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An Evaluation of Crisis' Sharing Solutions Programme

Project Director: Dr Stephen Green
Project Duration: 2014-2015

Crisis is supporting eight projects throughout England, with grant funding from the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG). The programme aims to develop and deliver innovative ways to improve shared accommodation in the private rented sector for those receiving housing benefit and only entitled to the shared accommodation rate (SAR) of Local Housing Allowance (LHA). The programme is seeking to:

  • develop models of renting that incentivise private landlords to rent to SAR recipients
  • improve the availability of shared accommodation, and
  • improve the sustainability of tenancies in shared accommodation.

CRESR is carrying out an evaluation of the programme, aimed at highlighting solutions that work and how barriers and challenges can be overcome.

See client website for more information.

Benefit Sanctions and Homelessness

Project Director: Dr Kesia Reeve
Project Duration: 2014

A scoping study for a larger project about the impact of benefit sanctions on homeless people, the project is analysing available data and reviewing relevant policy documents and literature to inform design of a longer term research project.


Stamp Duty Research

Project Director: Ian Wilson
Project Duration 2014

This project will identify and compare the tax revenue raised from stamp duty, on residential and non-residential property purchases, in England's three northern regions against the public housing expenditure these regions receive.

Direct Payment of Housing Benefit: Are Social Landlords Ready?

Project Director: Professor David Robinson
Project Duration: 2014

This project is exploring the readiness of social landlords in England, Scotland and Wales for the introduction of direct payment of housing benefit to tenants.  In particular, it is examining the extent to which social landlords have the data and IT systems required to effectively manage the risks arising from the introduction of the direct payment of housing benefit to tenants.

Economic Impact of Social Housing Orgs in Northern Ireland

Project Director: Professor David Robinson
Project Duration: 2014

The overall aim of the research is to provide evidence of the economic impact of housing organisations in Northern Ireland: specifically the Housing Executive, housing associations and the Northern Ireland Co-Ownership Housing Association.

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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