CHR represents a pool of research expertise concerned with tackling a diverse range of contemporary societal issues with an overarching emphasis on housing and home. Now in our 25th year, we have developed a positive dialogue with policy and practice communities within and beyond housing. CHR aims to direct change and have real-world impact at all scales from the individual to the national and international, and we are keen to welcome new links and collborative ventures.
The Centre's programme of work on housing inequalities seeks to inform and influence
public policy debates.
Our Leverhulme funded research project: Mind the Housing Wealth Gap
(McKee, Soaita, Searle, Moore) explores the role of housing wealth in creating inter and intra generational inequalities
, particularly in relation to young people. This is a high profile public policy issue at present, as reflected in contemporary media discourses on 'Generation Rent'. Our emerging findings have resulted in follow-up research projects that will further examine how individual housing 'choices' are constrained
by wider macro-economic forces, as well as by attachement to place. These include a Scottish Government
funded project on Housing Aspirations
(McKee, Moore, Crawford); Carnegie
funded research on Generation Rent (McKee, Hoolachan); and an HSA
funded one-day seminar on Deconstructing Generation Rent
(Moore & McKee). We have published our research widely beyond the academy, including an online open-access Briefing's Paper
series and blogs (Shelter 2014
, Critical Urbanists 2014
). McKee was also interviewed for a front-page news item i
n The National
on the private rented sector (16/12/2014).
Our current programme of work on generational inequalities, reflects the Centre's long-standing focus on social-spatial inequalities
. McKee has written extensively on the topic of social and affordable housing,
with a particular interest in community-based and localist approaches. She was commissioned by the Glasgow and West of Scotland Forum of Housing Associations
to lead their response
to the Scottish Government's 2011 Regeneration Discussion Document. She is also currently engaged in commissioned research for Shelter Scotland, the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations and the Chartered Institute of Housing Scotland
relating to affordable housing need in Scotland. McKee has given numerous presentations at policy-facing conferences on the topic of social housing (Employer's in Voluntary Housing
, Glasgow and West of Scotland Forum, and Lanarkshire Voluntary Housing Forum conferences). She also led an ESRC funded seminar series on the theme of the Big Society, Localism and Housing Policy
, which established an international network interested in localist approaches to housing. Delegates and presenters were drawn from policy and practice, as well as academia.
CHR has been a centre of excellence for social housing data since it was established in the 1990s, as evident in our Supporting People
: Client Records and Outcomes project (2000-2015). Endorsed by SITRA
in 2011, this data project collected vital information about housing related support in England. It is a valuable resource for local service development, and facilitates policy comparison at the regional and national level. Members of the centre (Reid, McKee, Crawford) are also currently developing research exploring the links between energy efficiency and stigma, bringing together our research themes on energy and low-income housing. In doing so, it will provide evidence that may explain the low take up of energy saving technologies in low-income neighbourhoods.
Given the policy-relevant nature of our work knowledge exchange is central to the ethos of our Centre. We have sought to advance this through developing and maintaining a positive dialogue with the housing community; participating and organising a variety of seminars, conferences and colloquia; encouraging our research students to undertake Scottish Government internships; and through maintaining a popular and successful social media presence* with a broad readership from the fields of academia, government, policy and the media:
- Dr Kim McKee, Director: Twitter and Blog
- Dr Louise Reid, Co-Director: Twitter and Blog
- Jenny Hoolachan, Research Assistant: Twitter
- Katherine Ellsworth-Krebs, PhD Student: Twitter
- Ciaran McDonald, PhD Student: Twitter
- Lorenzo Pergola, PhD Student: Twitter
* All tweeting in a personal capacity