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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 as a 'must read'. 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. We have just started a trial of a weekly email bulletin. - 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.  We are trialing an email bulletin to advise our users of new reports.  If you would like to receive this please contact us. 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 has been won by Anthony Breach, an analyst for Centre for Cities. This year the prize fund has been doubled to £500.

The prize gives 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, was on the judging panel.  The 2019 winning entry, runner up are here.  

Contact us

The easiet way to get hold of us and to ask to be added to our email bulletin and on twitter @thinkhouseinfo.

Recently released reports

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

Households in temporary accommodation (England)

House of Commons Library, Wendy Wilson and Cassie Barton, March 2020

This briefing paper provides background information on the increase in the number of homeless households placed in temporary accommodation by English local authorities and outlines various initiatives and issues associated with the increased use of temporary accommodation. The most recent statistics were published in December 2019 and cover the period April to June 2019.

Shared ownership (England): the fourth tenure?

House of Commons Library, Hannah Cromarty, March 2020

This House of Commons Library briefing paper explains how shared ownership housing operates in England. It outlines Government policies to extend shared ownership, including proposals for a new national model for shared ownership and a new right to shared ownership for housing association tenants. The paper also examines the key barriers to extending shared ownership.

Housing and Net Zero

House of Commons Library, Ed Potton, March 2020

This briefing considers the approach to housing, energy efficiency and net zero, providing an overview of Government policy and parliamentary comment on the issue.

Ageing in the Right Place, An Australian perspective

Global Centre for Modern Ageing, March 2020

As part of the ‘Ageing in the Right Place’ research, the Global Centre for Modern Ageing surveyed over 1000 Australians aged 55+ to uncover what makes a place feel like home and what factors are important when creating places where people want to live

Delivering health and care for people who sleep rough: going above and beyond

The Kings Fund, March 2020

People who sleep rough have some of the worst health outcomes in England. This report explores how four different local areas are delivering effective health and care services to people sleeping rough.

Home and dry: The need for decent homes in later life

Centre for Ageing Better and Care & Repair England, March 2020

This report reveals that over two million over-55s are living in a home that endangers their health or wellbeing.

A Foot In The Door: Experiences of the Homelessness Reduction Act (2020)

Crisis, Sophie Boobis, Cuchulainn Sutton-Hamilton
and Francesca Albanese, March 2020

This is the interim research report into the implementation of the Homelessness Reduction Act. It is based on 984 surveys and 89 in-depth interviews across 6 local authority areas with those approaching services for support.  

Making Housing Affordable Again: Rebalancing the Nation’s Housing System

Affordable Housing Commission, March 2020

This report calls on government to make affordable housing a national priority and to put it at the centre of a national housing strategy. A concerted approach from the key players will be needed and we hope you will be among those who can engage with this agenda. 

Estimating the pipeline of Community-Led Housing projects and its grant requirements

 National Community Land Trust Network in partnership with the Confederation of Co-operative Housing, Locality and UK Cohousing, March 2020

This report reveals a potential pipeline of over 23,000 affordable community led homes.

Tackling the under-supply of housing in England

House of Commons Library, Cassie Barton, Wendy Wilson, March 2020

This briefing paper considers key trends in housing supply in the UK and goes on to focus on some of the key barriers and potential solutions to increasing supply in England. It summarises proposals set out in the Housing White Paper published in February 2017 and has been updated to take account of subsequent developments, including the new Government's commitment to increase housing supply

Valuing Housing, Improving Lives

Localis and HFI, March 2020

An essay collection that encompasses how housing policy and the planning system could be directed to supporting the most vulnerable in society.

UK Housing Review 2020

CIH, March 2020

This report is a key resource for busy managers and policymakers across the public and private housing sectors in the UK. The Review, published annually, brings together the most important housing statistics for England (and its regions), Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. It features over 200 charts and tables for those who need information about housing policy and finance. The link goes to the CIH site.

What’s going on in Scottish local authority housing finance?

 Cache, Tony Cain and Ken Gibb, March 2020

This report examine recent Scottish Government Housing Revenue Account statistics.

A Traumatised System, research into the commissioning of homelessness services in the last 10 years.

University of York, Imogen Blood & Associate, Riverside, Imogen Blood, Nicholas Pleace, Sarah Alden & Shelly Dulson, March 2020

This briefing paper examines three international case studies on the use of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) to resolve housing disputes: the Civil Resolution Tribunal in British Columbia, Tenancy Services in New Zealand, and the Residential Tenancies Board in Ireland. The findings from these case studies point to certain key principles that may help to improve dispute resolution for landlords and tenants in the UK private rented sector (PRS).

How to solve the housing crisis

Said Business School, March 2020

This report is a culmination of the finding of thee-day workshops that formed more than twenty ideas that could contribute to solving the housing crisis

Alternative approaches to resolving housing disputes

Cache, Jennifer Harris, March 2020

This briefing paper examines three international case studies on the use of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) to resolve housing disputes: the Civil Resolution Tribunal in British Columbia, Tenancy Services in New Zealand, and the Residential Tenancies Board in Ireland. The findings from these case studies point to certain key principles that may help to improve dispute resolution for landlords and tenants in the UK private rented sector (PRS).


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