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. Directed by Dr Louise Reid, our programme of research is policy-relevant, theoretically informed and centres on inter-disciplinary understandings of housing and home. Influenced by theories of power, governance and inequality as well as practice theory and ideas relating to prosumption, our work centres 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 impacts of housing policy and how this contributes to spatial inequalities, with particular interests in the intersections with welfare and migration policies. It also encompasses our research on environmental behaviour change, through an analytical focus on peoples’ energy practices in the home.

You can read more about our research through visiting the news section of our website, or reading our annual report.


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, July 22, 2019

Benet has joined the CHR family - welcome Benet! He will be working with...

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Posted on Saturday, March 9, 2019

Dr Katherine Ellsworth-Krebs spent the past month in China as a visiting...

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Posted on Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Megan's thesis is entitled: 'Tiny house, Big Impact?': Exploring the Tiny...

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