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 local to the national and international, and we are keen to welcome new links and collaborative ventures. 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 a variety of approaches:
Events targeted at non-academic audiences:
Scottish Senior Officer’s Event
, forthcoming October 2015 (McKee – speaker). Event brings together senior housing staff from housing associations and local authorities, housing charities, membership organisations and civil servants.
- Affordable Housing Event organised by Shelter/Chartered Institute for Housing Scotland/Scottish Federation of Housing Associations, August 2015 (McKee – delegate). Roundtable for researchers to present and discuss their research in more detail; delegates included key housing experts drawn from across local authorities, housing associations, membership organisations and the Scottish Government.
- UK Population Change & Housing across the Lifecourse, June 2015 (McKee - co-organiser and presenter, Hoolachan delegate). Organised in partnership with the Centre for Population Change it sought to bring together academics, policy-makers and practitioners from across the UK.
- Lanarkshire Voluntary Housing Forum, May and June 2015 (McKee – speaker). Training event organised for front-line housing staff working across Lanarkshire.
- Mind the (Housing) Wealth Gap end of project event, June 2015 (McKee & Soaita – speakers). Delegates drawn from housing policy, practice and campaigning organisations including Shelter, Council for Mortgage Lenders, and Intergenerational Foundation.
- Supporting People: training & networking event, February 2015 (McKee & Stewart organisers & speakers). Organised to bring together local authorities in England and housing researchers from within devolved governments
- Deconstructing Generation Rent, February 2015 (McKee - co-organiser & co-chair). Organised to bring together researchers from across academia, policy and practice on issues affecting young people.
- IMAGINE … could a non-party Scottish Parliament work? November 2014 (McKee - Chair). Scotland's only Parliament Week speaking event, organised in collaboration between CHR, Byre Theatre & Youth Parliament.
- Scottish Housing Event, November 2014 (McKee –invited delegate). Organised by Scottish Government to bring together key housing experts across sectors.
- The Future of UK Housing, October 2014 (McKee – invited delegate). Organised by the ESRC and British Academy to bring together housing experts from across the UK frm across policy. practice and academia.
- Employer’s in Voluntary Housing annual conference, October 2014 (McKee – speaker). Delegates drawn from housing association governing bodies in Scotland
- ESRC Seminar Series: The Big Society, Localism and Housing Policy, March 2012- 2014 (McKee - lead organiser and presenter). Inter-disciplinary seminars held across the UK, designed to bring together researchers in academia, policy and practice interested in critical approaches to these key issues
Engaging with the media:
CHR researchers have given interviews to the BBC News, The Economist, and local and national newspapers and radio. For more details please see our media page. We also have an active social media presence:
- Jenny Hoolachan, Research Assistant: Twitter
- Katherine Ellsworth-Krebs, PhD Student: Twitter
- Ciaran McDonald, PhD Student: Twitter
- Lorenzo Pergola, PhD Student: Twitter
Communication our research and and activities:
CHR produces a quarterly e-newsletter: CHR Bytesize, which is distributed to our mailing list of contacts drawn from the public, private and third sectors as well as academia. We also produce short, accessible policy-briefings on our research: CHR Briefings.