CHR is part of the School of Geography and Geo-sciences at the University of St. Andrews. It is a leader in research on homes, neighbourhoods, places and the progress of the people who live in them. It has an active and diverse research agenda and a significant body of completed reports and publications on social housing, tenure mix, the economics of cities and housing, neighbourhood effects, residential mobility and migration. CHR is the foremost depository of social housing data with projects that have been monitoring the provision of social housing since 1990. Our analysis of social housing trends continues to provide a vital evidence base for the development and refinement of social housing policy in both Scotland and England.
The Centre acts as a ‘hub’ for housing and place related studies across the university and addresses important core questions around: where and how we live, changing housing wealth patterns, neighbourhood effects and their meaning. We are realigning our resources to make significant new connections both within the university, with other universities, and in the UK and international communities who share an interest in homes and places. Our research focus over the coming years will include housing market analysis at the local and national scales, social housing data systems and neighbourhood dynamics and effects.
CHR is seeking to increase its presence and build its knowledge by providing a meeting place for ideas and research and an opportunity for experts to produce knowledge collaboratively. By using a knowledge exchange/mobilisation framework, we build a more relevant research agenda and improve the use of the Centre's work. CHR maintains an active interest in policy dialogue within Scotland and the UK and communicates regularly with social housing practitioners. Opportunities for dialogue are provided through seminars, events, blogs, Teleforms and exchange.
Visit our data-collection project websites:
SCORE chronicles the granting of new tenancies by registered housing associations and co-operatives in Scotland.
The Supporting People Project monitors the provision of SP funded services in England.
Photos: CHR gratefully acknowledges those who generously offered their photos to the website photo library. Mustafa Shairani patiently and professionally photographed the staff. Duncan Maclennan, Maarten Van Ham and David Waite made substantial contributions from their personal collections.