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Welcome to Thinkhouse was officially launched in Spring 2018 and holds a library of the best and most innovative research pieces, policy publications and case studies that propose ways to increase the amount and quality of the UK's housing stock and the related economic, social and community benefits of doing this. The reports are grouped by year and by category.  Scroll down to read about how we curate the reports or see what has recently come out.  The links above provide access to all the publications on the site including those that the Editorial Panel have selected to be showcased. To help increase awareness of our resource, please cite us in work that uses sources found on Thinkhouse. To promote new research the Panel have created an early career researcher's competition, see below or click the link in 'About' for more information. - how it works

The site is curated by an independent  Editorial Panel. The aim is to include all relevant publications, which are group by year and by category.  The Ed Panel assess each new report to select those that they feel merit being included in the 'must read' section on each yearly page. The Ed Panel aims to have about a dozen reports included in this section by the end of each year.  Those reports that have made way for more highly ranked ones are listed in the 'highly commended' section. The Ed Panel base their decision on, how likely they are to influence policy makers as well as the quality of the research/evidence, the coherence of the arguments, the report format/accessibility and how innovative and practical the pieces are.  

The overall objective is to provide easy access to a few key reports and provide a home for all relevant work.  Thereby helping to, inform policy makers who are engaged in understanding how we can build more and better homes and communities, improve knowledge transfer and provide evidence/ideas to drive decision making. 

To help speech writers and journalists the 'bite size facts' drop down menu includes snapshots of some interesting facts quoted reports published each year.  We have also started to trial the holding of links to international reports that provide interesting insights from around the world.  This is in beta release and can be accessed from the category menu above.  All comments and links to new reports, gratefully received.

The Ed Panel write a number of blogs about recently released reports and also a review of each research year.  See the 'Blogs' drop down menu.

Below you will find the most recent additions to the site.  Please alert us to any report that may have been missed or is due out soon.  You can use the search function to download a search enabled excel file of our entire database.

The site has been running since 2017 and was formally launched at the House of Lords in Spring 2018.  It has no ties to or funding from any interest or political group and reports are selected solely on merit. If you think we add value please help share what we are doing. Please cite us in work that uses sources found on Thinkhouse.

The Editorial Panel

The panel manage Thinkhouse

Our Ed. Panel have a mix of skills, backgrounds and experience in housing. They share a desire to see more and better homes built. The panel is chaired by Thinkhouse's founder Richard Hyde. Click on the drop down link under 'About' to view panel members. 

2019 Early Career Researcher's Prize (ECRP)

Sponsored by Altair and L&Q.

Our 2019 prize competition for early career housing researchers is now open. This year the prize fund has been doubled to £500.

Entry criteria for 2019

The prize will give early career housing researchers an opportunity to showcase their work to a wide and influential audience. It is open to UK and non-UK applicants. This is the second year that we have run this competition and last year’s winner, Anya Martin, will be on the judging panel.  The 2018 winning entry, runner up and examples of the media coverage are here.  Papers must be submitted by 30th September 2019.

Contact us

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Recently released reports

See the Year, Category or Search pages to view our library of other reports.

Investigation into the government’s land disposal strategy and programmes

NAO, May 2019

A NAO review into the £178billion (estimated total value) of central government-owned land and property and the policy to sell assets which no longer serve a public purpose, or that purpose can be more efficiently realised through its transfer to private or non-government hands.

Draft Healthy Homes Bill

TCPA, May 2019

A proposal, in draft Government Bill format, that all new housing meets 10 quality, safety and placemaking ‘principles’. Attributes that the TCPA believes collectively constitute a ‘decent’ home.

Wales, the Independent Review of Affordable Housing Supply

Welsh Government, May 2019

A review of the range of housing needs in Wales

Public Housing: A London Renaissance

New London Architecture, May 2019

A review that explores the resurgence taking place in the provision of new public (affordable) housing in London. 

The Homelessness Monitor: England 2019

Crisis, Suzanne Fitzpatrick, Hal Pawson, Glen Bramley, Jenny Wood,
Beth Watts, Mark Stephens & Janice Blenkinsopp, May 2019

The latest state-of-the-nation report, led by Heriot-Watt University for Crisis and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, has called for urgent action to address the impact of the Local Housing Allowance (LHA) freeze amongst those living on the lowest incomes

Stakeholder Engagement on the Private Rented Sector and Changing Housing Aspirations

CaCHE, Joe Frey, May 2019

This briefing provides a thematic summary of post-presentation discussions by stakeholders who attended the event organised by CaCHE on 15 January 2019 as part of its ongoing collaborative work with the Department for Communities Northern Ireland

Overview of Private Rented Housing Reforms in Scotland

CaCHE, Ken Gibb, Mark Livingston and Kate Berry, May 2019

This briefing paper provides an overview of recent reforms to the private rented sector (PRS) in Scotland.


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