2014 - CHR's key events and achievements to date:
An interview with Dr David McCollum was shown on BBC Scotland’s Sunday Politics
. David spoke about the topic of immigration, in particular, Scotland’s attempts to attract migrants.
Drs Kim McKee and Tom Moore published the second briefing paper from their ESRC Seminar Series The Big Society, Localism and Housing Policy
. The short, policy-facing briefing entitled: Localism and New Housing Futures can be downloaded from the project website
Dr David McCollum, who specialises in research relating to welfare, labour markets and immigration, has joined the Centre for Housing Research. The Centre also welcomes four Associate Members: Drs Tom Moore (University of Sheffield), Beverley Searle (University of Dundee), Sharon Leahy (University of St Andrews) and Tobias Jung (University of St Andrews).
Albert Sabater has contributed to a new book entitled: Social-Spatial Segregation: concepts, processes and outcomes
. This edited volume brings together leading researchers from the UK, the USA and Europe.
Dr Kim McKee was featured in the University library’s recent blog
to celebrate reaching 4000 open access hits! Kim has the highest open Access Ratio in the University, with her 2009 paper 'Post-Foucauldian Governmentality: what does it offer critical social policy?'
the fourth most downloaded paper of all the Open Access publications in PURE last year, and the fifth most viewed.
CHR PhD student Ciaran McDonald has recently returned from a 3 month internship with the Scottish Government. He joined the Creativity Team in April on a placement which focused on the concept of ‘design thinking’ and its application in areas of government policy.
Drs Kim McKee and Tom Moore have published the first briefing paper from their recent ESRC funded seminar series The Big Society, Localism and Housing Policy
. The short, policy-facing briefing entitled: The Big Society and Welfare Reform can be downloaded from the project website
Dr Kim McKee, has secured a small research grant from the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland to explore the phenomenon of ‘Generation Rent’ in the Scottish context (Jan-March 2015). This builds on her current Mind the (Housing) Wealth Gap
, Leverhulme funded research project.
Adriana Soaita was invited to co-ordinate WS-02 East European Housing & Urban Policy at the European Network of Housing Researcher’s
conference in Edinburgh, 1-4 July 2014. Several colleagues from CHR also presented papers at this important international housing event: Chowdhury, Miao, McKee, Reid and Soaita. Rosen Chowdhury’s attendance was supported by an early-career bursary
awarded by the Housing Studies Association.
Drs Kim McKee and Louise Reid were appointed CHR's new Directors, effective from 1 July. They replaced interim Director Dr Donald Houston.
Albert Sabater presented two papers at the European Population
conference in Budapest, 25-28 June.
Tom Moore presented findings from his recent research on community-land trusts at an event organised by the Cairngorms National Park Authority and the Royal Deeside Partnership, held in Ballater on the 24th June.
Tom Moore was invited to attend a consultation event held at Windsor Castle 25-28 May. Organised by the Building and Social Housing Foundation
(BSHF) it considered the issues around Scaling up Community-led Housing
The datasets for our Client Record's and Outcomes Project (formerly Supporting People) have been completed for 2013/14 and published online
. The total records collected and validated amounted to 279,309
, for all form types. We are pleased to announce the project is continuing for the 2014/15 reporting year, in partnership with 80+ commissioning authorities.
Dr Adriana Soaita took part at an Idea Event Workshop that explored the theme of ‘Home not Housing: Engaging with wellbeing outcomes’ which aimed to make a contribution to the development of policy and practice in Scotland and elsewhere.
Dr Kim McKee, University of St Andrews, introduced issue 10 of The Evidence
, a practitioner focused publication produced by the Housing Quality Network (HQN). This themed issue focused on housing and antisocial behaviour.
A policy paper by Darja Reuschke and Duncan Maclennan summarising a seminar on Business Investment and Housing which was jointly organised by CHR and the Scottish Government in April 2013 was published. This seminar was part of a research project about the consequences of the mortgage crisis on small businesses. [link to article]
Tom Moore and Kim McKee attended the annual Housing Studies Association conference held at the University of York from 15-17th April 2014. They presented their paper reflecting on the use of online focus group methodologies used for fieldwork in the Mind the (Housing) Wealth Gap project.
Dr Kim McKee was elected as the new Chair of the Housing Studies Association (HSA). Kim is the youngest Chair to be elected by the HSA. In the year ahead she will prioritise the expansion of benefits for members, particularly early-career researchers. She also confirmed the forthcoming annual conference, co-organised by St Andrews colleague Dr Tom Moore, on the theme of ‘Housing the Generations’ (8-10 April 2015).
Professor Duncan Maclennan retired, on March 31st, from his full time Chair at the School of Geography and Geosciences at the University of St Andrews and stepped down from the Directorship of the Centre for Housing Research. He has taken up two quarter-time Professorships, one as Professor of Public Policy at the University of Glasgow and the other at the School of Management at the University of St Andrews. Dr Donald Houston has taken over the CHR directorship role.
Dr Kim McKee and Dr Tom Moore of CHR convened a seminar in the ESRC seminar series ‘The Big Society, Localism and Housing Policy’ looking at the implications of the big society and localism for the future of social housing. [link to seminar details]
CHR Research Fellow Julie Tian was awarded the Regional Studies Association’s Early Career Research Grant of over £9,000. This research will explore the disjuncture of nationalised affordable housing strategies and localised human capital market in Chinese Cities.
Peter Etherington of The Guardian interviews Professor Duncan Maclennan about his views on housing and social problems in Scotland. [link to article]
Dr Albert Sabater of CHR presented his research on residential segregation by ethnic group and age at a Leverhulme Trust sponsored roundtable workshop on Ethnic diversity, population change and 'integration' at the University of Liverpool.
CHR Director, Professor Duncan Maclennan is awarded lifetime honorary membership of the Royal Town Planning Institute.
CHR Publications in 2014
To access a previous year, use the following links:
2013 Annual Report
2012 Annual Report
2011 Annual Report
2010 Annual Report
2009 Annual Report