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.
We are committed to knowledge exchange and have developed an active dialogue with colleagues in policy and practice since the Centre was established in the 1990s. Our expertise as a centre of excellence for policy-relevant housing research is evident in our recent projects
, including Supporting People
: Client Records and Outcomes. Endorsed by SITRA
in 2011, this data project collects 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. More broadly we have undertaken commissioned work for research partners in the public and voluntary sectors including: Fife Housing Partnership, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Shelter, the Scottish Cities Alliance, and the Glasgow and West of Scotland Forum of Housing Associations.
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 collaborative ventures. It is pivotal to our ethos that our research has wider social benefits. We seek to apply our knowledge in a variety of fields, for example, housing and regeneration, the third sector, economic development, and low-carbon policy. To achieve this we will play a leading role in organising and presenting at practitioner and policy-focused conferences and events; publicise our research findings in accessible, open-access formats; engage with the policy and practice community as both research funders and partners; and support our doctoral students to undertake internships within government and develop collaborative research projects with non-academic partners.
Our research publications
are favourably regarded by policy-makers and practitioners, and feature in leading peer reviewed journals. Our team also maintains a popular and successful social media presence* with a broad readership from the fields of academia, government, policy and the media:
We aim to build on this by introducing a dedicated CHR Twitter feed, in addition to raising the profile of our current project Twitter feeds: @CHRClientRecord @housingseminars @wealth_ gap
We are very proud of our research achievements and we hope to extend and expand these while always retaining knowledge exchange as a central purpose of our Centre.
* All tweeting in a personal capacity