Welcome to the Centre for Housing Research

Established in 1990, the Centre for Housing Research (CHR) is one of the leading inter-disciplinary urban research centres in the UK. Our programme of research is policy-relevant, theoretically informed and centres on geographical, sociological and economic understandings of housing and home. An important repository for housing related support data in England, our work is organised around two strategic themes:

  • Homes, Families & Communities: this workstream is concerned with the interconnections between housing, home and family, and how these relationships in turn contribute to intra and inter-generational inequalities. Our work also considers the attachments people have to their local communities, and their active role in shaping and creating the places in which they live through voluntary and community action.

  • Places, Policies & Practices: this workstream focuses on the uneven geographical impact of public policy making, and how this contributes to spatial inequalities. It also encompasses our large-scale social housing data monitoring projects, as well as our research on environmental behaviour change through an analytical focus on people’s daily practices in the home.

We have a wealth of theoretical, methodological and disciplinary expertise amongst our team of academics, data analysts and doctoral researchers. Our work has informed and influenced policy and practice within the fields of housing and regeneration, the third sector, economic development and carbon reduction from the local, through to the national and international level. Collaborative working and knowledge exchange are central to our activities.

CHR will be moving forward in 2014 under the new directorship of Drs Kim McKee and Louise Reid.
Model house surrounded by coloured blocks

CHR has a data research project that supports providers and commissioners of housing-related support services through the collection and reporting of information about the needs of their clients and how successfully the service addresses them.

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CHR supports collaboration between academics, policy makers and practitioners, as well as the co-production of research across academic schools. CHR puts Knowledge Exchange at the heart of its practice.

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Posted on Monday, August 11, 2014
Open Access

Dr Kim McKee was featured in the University library’s recent blog ...

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Posted on Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Dr Kim McKee, Centre for Housing Research , has been invited to deliver a...

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Posted on Tuesday, August 5, 2014
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Adriana Soaita presented her research findings at XVIII ISA World Congress...

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