Welcome to the Centre for Housing Research

Established in 1990, the Centre for Housing Research (CHR) is one of the leading inter-disciplinary housing research centres in the UK. Our programme of research is policy-relevant, theoretically informed and centres on geographical and sociological 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 local residents have to their 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 housing policy, 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.

CHR will be moving forward in 2014 under the new directorship of Drs Kim McKee and Louise Reid. The Centre has a wealth of theoretical, methodological and disciplinary expertise amongst its team of academics, data analysts and doctoral researchers. Collaborative working and knowledge exchange are central to our activities.

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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, September 8, 2014

Recently, CHR PhD student, Ciaran McDonald, co-convened a session and...

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Posted on Monday, September 8, 2014
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New research into the housing and social impact of community land trusts...

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Posted on Friday, August 29, 2014
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An interview with David McCollum (CHR) is due to be shown on BBC1...

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