The site is curated by an independent editorial panel. All relevant publications, which are group by year and by category. The Editorial Panel assess each new report to select those that they feel merit being included in the 'selected' section on each yearly page. The Editorial Panel aims to have about a dozen reports included in the 'selected' 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. These will help 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 increase awareness of our resource, please cite us in work that uses sources found on Thinkhouse.
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.
Finally the Ed Panel write a number of blogs about recently released reports and also a review of each research year with comment on any notable gaps in that year's research. 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.
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.
Submissions have closed for our early career researcher's prize. This award will give early career housing researchers an opportunity to showcase their work to a wide and influential audience. Please click here to download the entry criteria and requirements. The result will be announced in November. The aim of this newly established competition is to encourage papers that look at international research or which help to close the evidence gaps highlighted in our 2017 annual review. However we did not necessary preclude papers (subject to prior agreement) that look at other housing related issues or research gaps. The competition was open to those with up to six years research experience. Candidates with or without a PhD, and those working within academic or non-academic institutions (the voluntary sector, think tanks, membership organisations, the media, housing associations etc) are welcome to apply. Please note that time spent in doctoral-level research study counts as research experience. Co-authored papers were permitted in cases where all authors meet the entry requirements. We will consider think pieces, review papers synthesising existing evidence and policy analysis, papers sharing the findings of original empirical research or investigative journalism type pieces. Journal articles or other papers already published or under review will be accepted.
This paper provides a brief historical account of the marginalisation of architects, planners (and design value) from housing delivery and research – covering key issues such as procurement, building contracts, fees, post-occupancy evaluation and the dissolution of local authority housing departments.
The paper sets out the current issues facing social housing in Northern Ireland and outlines a range of potential policy initiatives to address them. The paper provides a profile of the social housing sector in Northern Ireland (which differs to the rest of the UK) and draws on evidence from a range of sources, including government statistics and research, academic papers and more recently qualitative evidence based on discussions with a number of key players in Northern Ireland.
The paper focusses on social housing governance, reviewing how the sector has responded to various environmental pressures before concluding with four policy issues. The paper considers the following topics: organisational strategy and scale; governance structures and values; the voice of tenants; organisational performance; and thinking systemically. draws on evidence from a range of sources, including government statistics and research, academic papers and more recently qualitative evidence based on discussions with a number of key players in Northern Ireland.
This report looks at the future of housing in the UK, and has been submitted to the UK, Scottish, and Welsh governments in a bid to ensure a joined-up approach to housing across the UK.
This final report presents recommendations about ways in which the Government could increase the variety and differentiation of what is offered on these large sites, raise the proportion of affordable housing, and raise the rate of build out.
This paper looks at the social housing sector in Wales, its changing scale and quality, its organisation and governance, affordability and rent levels, issues of value for money, and the contribution which social housing is making to meet current housing needs. The paper concludes with possible policy priorities and highlights the need to address current and evolving challenges facing social housing in Wales.
This paper is part of a series published by the CaCHE Social Housing Policy Working Group. It explores the constraints and requirements of delivering subsidised affordable or social housing, particularly in England. It goes on to consider recent developments introduced across the UK and internationally, and reflects on new ideas that are emerging. The paper concludes with a summary of policy implications and considers key ways progress can be made.
This briefing is the result of a project with the Urban Big Data Centre (UBDC) at the University of Glasgow and the UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence as part of SPICe’s academic engagement programme. It complements another briefing, Private renting reforms in Scotland: overview and analysis (forthcoming), prepared as a part of the same programme.