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 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

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Recently released reports

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

A Positive Vision for London's Green Belt

All-Party Parliamentary Group for London’s Green Belt, November 2019

This report supports the setting up of an Advisory Council to conduct a comprehensive review of London’s Green Belt and create a 25 year strategy for its future 

How the timber industries can help solve the housing crisis

All-Party Parliamentary Group for the Timber Industries, November 2019

 This report sets a new trajectory of thought within government by outlining the economic, social and environmental benefits of timber. 

Exempt from Responsibility? 

Spring Housing Association and Commonweal Housing, November 2019

The report finds this accommodation has been left largely unmonitored and effectively ‘unregulated’ by Government. The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) requires providers to meet only a loose requirement to provide ‘care, support, or supervision’ to its clients, and much of this accommodation is outside local authority licencing controls.

Managing to make a difference. Housing management in the ALMO sector

NFA, November 2019

The publication draws on the frontline housing management experiences of the National Federation of ALMO's 31 members, and shares both the challenges and innovations within the sector. The research is based on a full survey of members, followed up with in-depth case studies at 5 ALMOs

Inequality Street, Housing and the 2019 general election

Resolution Foundation, November 2019

This note identifies three reasons why housing has risen up the public and political priority list in recent decades. First, low home ownership, particularly among young adults, has produced significant discontent among younger generations. Second, higher levels of housing costs have pushed down on household living standards. Third, and more recently, while cuts to housing benefit have hit those renting on lower incomes, low interest rates have benefitted higher-income mortgagors, increasing overall inequality in the process. 

Revitalising Key Worker Housing

Policy Exchange, Jack Airey and Sir Robin Wales, November 2019

In this short report PX argue the Key Worker Housing initiative should be revitalised as part of reforms to Affordable Housing policy.

Rethinking intergenerational housing

Matter Architecture, November 2019

The aim of this report is to explore how a modern form of independent living could capture these benefits without the associated limitations.  

Child Friendly Planning Policy in the UK: A review

RTPI, Jenny Wood Dinah Bornat and Aude Bicquelet-Lock, November 2019

This report's aim is to assess the extent to which planning policies across UK nations can be considered 'child-friendly' with relation to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Valuing more than money: Social value and the housing sector

IPPR, Tom Hill and Luke Murphy, November 2019

This report finds that a number of challenges must be overcome if social value is to achieve a more transformational role in driving better business decisions in the housing sector.

Assessing the potential benefits of living in co-operative and/or community led housing (CCLH)

Wales Co-operative Centre, Nationwide Foundation, November 2019

This research finds that residents experience improved mental well-being and happiness as well as skills development from living in co-operative and community led housing (CCLH) schemes.

Small Scale Home Builders: Increasing Supply’

Homes for Scotland, November 2019

This report was published following a year-long special project and highlights how smaller building firms were impacted by the financial crisis and have been slower to recover than larger players in the industry.  

‘Generation rent’ and the emotions of private renting: self-worth, status and insecurity amongst low-income renters

Housing Studies Association, Kim McKee Adriana Mihaela Soaita & Jennifer Hoolachan, November 2019

This study illustrates the emotional toll of private renting upon low-income groups in a national context where state regulation is more limited. It adds nuance to the literature surrounding socio-economic differentiation within the UK private-rented sector and is also relevant to an international audience given global concerns about housing precarity and the politics of housing.

A Home For All: Understanding Migrant Homelessness in Great Britain

Crisis, Sophie Boobis Ruth Jacob and Ben Sanders, December 2019

This report presents the findings of Crisis scoping research that sought to understand what is currently known about migrant homelessness and identify any gaps in evidence. The research looked at the scale of homelessness among non-UK nationals, the different experiences of homelessness that migrants face across Britain and how services are responding to this

Is co-living a housing solution for vulnerable older people? 

Cambridge Centre for Housing and Planning Research, Valentine Quinio & Dr Gemma Burgess, December 2019

This research report reveals a range of benefits for older people choosing to live with others, as well as identifying barriers to be overcome if co-living is to grow at scale throughout the UK.

Generation Homeless: the Numbers Behind the Story

Shelter, December 2019

This report shows the detailed numbers behind Shelter’s Christmas media story about children who are homeless and living in temporary accommodation. It shows national and regional level tables, as well as full local results. 


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