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Welcome to Thinkhouse


Thinkhouse.org.uk 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.







Thinkhouse.org.uk - 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.  The 2019 competition is now closed and the results will be announced in November.  Good luck to all those who have submitted entries.

Contact us

The easiet way to get hold of us

info@thinkhouse.org.uk and on twitter @thinkhouseinfo.

Recently released reports

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

Safe as Houses 3: Have government reforms to Universal Credit reduced the rent arrears of Southwark’s tenants?

The Smith Institute for Southwark Council, October 2019

The aim of the report is to better understand the impact that Universal Credit (UC) has had on the rent payment behaviour of the borough’s own social housing or “council” tenants.

A new deal for renters? The unintended consequences of abolishing Section 21

National Landlord Association and Capital Economics, October 2019

The report forecasts a 59 percent reduction in housing available to tenants on housing benefit or Universal Credit, and a potential increase in rents for 13 percent of properties.

The Impact of Universal Credit. Examining the risk of debt and hardship among social housing residents

Peabody, October 2019

This research and statistical analysis tests if there is an effective benefits system that helps people into work and protects people from poverty.

The Duty to Build Beautiful

Policy Exchange, Jack Airey, October 2019

As the Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission enters its second phase – a final report is due by the end of the 2019 – PX published this essay collection to provide new and practical ideas for building more beautiful homes and places. The collection brings together thinkers from law, finance, energy and environment, architecture, property, planning and housing.

Making home

The RSA and One Manchester, Hannah Webster, October 2019

Young people’s housing needs are not being met by the current system according to this report which looks at Manchester.

House building: a century of innovation

NHBC, October 2019

NHBC Foundation’s latest report ‘House building: a century of innovation’ looks at technology, materials and construction methods used in building the modern home, charting the progress made over the last century.

On the home front

bright blue, Anvar Sarygulov and Sam Robinson, October 2019

This magazine style document consider how to address the wide range of challenges facing our housing, streets and towns. 

Learning from Bridport: the wider benefits of cohousing in the UK

LSE London, Kath Scanlon with Melissa Fernández Arrigoitia (Lancaster University), Jim Hudson (UCL), and Swaiba Saeed (LSE), October 2019

This report explores how Bridport can be expected to benefit its wider neighbourhood and community. Linking this case study to the broader literature, the authors hope the lessons will be relevant to prospective developments elsewhere in the UK and in other geographies experimenting with this model of housing.

Space to Breathe, A State of the Green Belt Report

CPRE, October 2019

CPRE, the countryside charity has published regular reports detailing development proposals on the Green Belt since 2012. 

Safe as Houses Report: How the system is failing women and children fleeing abuse in London

Solace, October 2019

Research into current homelessness practice across London, including the impact of the Homelessness Reduction Act (HRA) one year after its implementation. Surveys both survivors fleeing violence and frontline workers on their experiences of London’s housing and homelessness systems.

News

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