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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.

Creating great places to live, final report.

Great Places Commission, NHF, September 2019

With support from the National Housing Federation, the Commission visited towns and cities across the North and Midlands, meeting housing associations, stakeholders and local residents. Using the learning from this process, the Commission has made 10 recommendations.

Barriers to acceptance of housing offers by families in temporary accommodation

LSE for Camden Council, Kath Scablon, Fanny Blanc, September 2019

The research findings will inform future approaches to managing homelessness demand, how services can help homeless people to find more stable accommodation and also how Camden can improve support given to those in temporary accommodation

People Powered Planning

Demos, Ben Glover, September 2019

Britain is failing to build enough homes. This paper considers one solution: better involving people in the planning system to get more homes built.

The Peabody Index, Understanding the employment and disability pay gap in London

Peabody, September 2019

As one of the world’s most vibrant cities, London leads progress in many areas. However, its dynamism can make it a challenging place for low-income Londoners to meet the demands of a changing labour market and rising costs of living. In order to better understand these issues and make our tenants’ voices heard, Peabody began publishing the Peabody Index twice a year in partnership with the Social Market Foundation.

State of the Nation 2019: Connecting Infrastructure with Housing

Institute of Civil Engineers, David Hawkes, September 2019

This report examines the policy and legislative changes required to further upgrade and develop our infrastructure networks in order to meet the growth in demand brought about by the expansion of the economy, population growth, developments in technology and the government’s housebuilding programme.

Urban being: The future of City Living

CMS, September 2019

This report considers housing and demographic pressures in six key cities: London, Berlin, Amsterdam, Paris, Manchester and Glasgow. Through a major census of almost 6,500 people (more than 1,000 respondents per city), it uncovers the preferences of consumers when it comes to their living environment.

Healthier and Happier - An analysis of the fiscal and wellbeing benefits of building more homes for later living

Homes for Later Living, Chris Walker, September 2019

This report explores the wellbeing benefits of living in properties for later living and the significant fiscal savings they can deliver to the NHS and social care system.

A citizen-led approach to health and care. Lessons from the Wigan Deal

The Kings Fund, September 2019

Whilst not housing focused this is essential reading on public service transformation.

Housing the creative sector

CaCHE, Julie Miao, September 2019

This report examines potential innovations in the housing sector. Paintworks in Bristol and Baltic Triangle in Liverpool were chosen as case studies. Both cases used to be obsolete industrial sites and now have undergone a relatively successful regeneration process by attracting the high-tech and/or the creative sectors.


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