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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Direct Payment of Housing Benefit: Are Social Landlords Ready?

Project Director: Professor David Robinson
Project Duration: 2014

This project explored the readiness of social landlords in England, Scotland and Wales for the introduction of direct payment of housing benefit to tenants.  In particular, it examined the extent to which social landlords had 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.

Researching Housing Decisions in Camden

Project Director: Dr Steve Green / Dr Kesia Reeve
Project Duration: 2014

CRESR was commissioned by Camden Council to undertake a cross-tenure qualitative study of the housing choices, aspirations and behaviours of local residents, and explore drivers and motivations for the behaviours of key housing market informants (including developers and landlords). The project was commissioned in response to the Council’s recent Equalities Taskforce, and contributes to the development of future housing strategy in the Borough.

Housing Options for Older People in Doncaster

Project Director: Professor David Robinson
Project Duration: 2014-2015

The aim is to deliver a robust evidence base profiling housing, care and support provision, preferences and needs in Doncaster for older people and primary carers aged 55+ years.  This will be used to inform a strategic plan of housing options for the future.

Evaluation of Measures to Change Housing Benefit and Local Housing Allowances in the Private Rented Sector in the UK

Project Director: Professor Ian Cole
Project Duration: 2011-2014

To monitor the impact of the changes to Housing Benefit and Local Housing Allowances in the private rented sector introduced by the government in 2010.

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)
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 Housing Consortium
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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