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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

The easiet way to get hold of us and on twitter @thinkhouseinfo.

Recently released reports

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

Insight Report: A Forecast for Accessible Homes

Habinteg, June 2019

In a nationwide analysis of 322 local planning policies, the report reveals that just 1% of homes outside London are set to be suitable for wheelchair users, despite 1.2 million wheelchair users currently residing in the UK

Defining and measuring housing affordability – an alternative approach

Affordable Housing Commission, June 2019

This interim report of the Affordable Housing Commission (AHC) proposes a new measure of housing affordability in England. Rather than focusing on market rents and house prices it defines and measures housing affordability as being what people can afford, be it to rent or to buy. 

Moving Matters: Housing costs and labour market mobility

Resolution Foundation, Lindsey Judge, June 2019

This report shows that the number of people aged 25 to 34 starting a new job and moving home in the last year has fallen 40% over the last two decades.

Forms and Mechanisms of exclusion in contemporary housing systems

CaCHE, Jenny Preece and Emma Bimpson, June 2019

This report details the emerging and contemporary mechanisms of exclusion in the UK housing system. It focuses on rental housing, both in the social and private rented sectors. 

How Modern Methods of Construction can deliver ‘more’ through the planning system

ARUP, June 2019

This report outlines the extent of reform that allows widespread adoption of modern methods of construction (MMC) can help to deliver homes.

Shared Ownership

Savills, June 2019

This short report examines whether shared ownership is the natural successor to Help to Buy

Housing policy ideas for the new Prime Minister

Policy Exchange, June 2019

A new policy strategy for the next prime minister, which calls for housing policy to focus on good design, first-time buyers and brownfield development.

Capital cities. How the planning system creates housing shortages and drives wealth inequality

Centre for Cities, Anthony Breach, June 2019

This report explores the relationship between urban economies and housing wealth in England and Wales.


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