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.

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Recently released reports

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

Housing Britain: A Call To Action

The Prince's Foundation, July 2019

A housing design manifesto and blueprint for planners, builders, landowners and government; "beauty in my backyard".

Understanding Local Housing Markets

LGA, July 2019

This report was commissioned by the Local Government Association to provide local authorities with advice and guidance on how to best understand the various complexities within their local housing markets in order to inform their decision making.

Building Beautiful Places

Policy Exchange, Jack Airey, July 2019

Recommends that the government define national criteria for “beautiful places”, so that design has a more prominent role in planning.

Empty housing (England)

House of Commons Library, Wendy Wilson, Hannah Cromarty, Cassie Barton, July 2019

This briefing outlines local authorities’ powers to tackle empty housing and other relevant initiatives. It also discusses Government action around this issue.

Planning and the broken housing market

House of Commons, Committee of Public Accounts, July 2019

A review of the government's performance against its target to deliver 300,000 new homes per year by the mid-2020s

Policy Briefing: Homelessness Prevention in the UK

CaCHE, Suzanne Fitzpatrick, Pete Mackie and Jenny Wood, July 2019

A short summary/introduction about the policy choice available to prevent homelessness

Housing and System Thinking

CaCHE, Ken Gibb and Alex Marsh, July 2019

This working paper which focuses on systems thinking, system archetypes, mental models and complexity as key components to understanding how systems work. These ideas are then applied to housing, both in terms of existing housing research using systems thinking, but also applying some of the classic systems ideas to housing anew.

Modern methods of construction

Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee, July 2019

This HCLGC report warns about an over-reliance on traditional building methods and the impact this will have on housing growth numbers.

Decent and accessible homes for older people

All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Ageing and Older People, July 2019

This report was published after an in-depth inquiry to understand the detrimental impact of poor housing on older people's physical, mental and social wellbeing

Rental Housing for an Ageing Population (HAPPI 5)

All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Housing and Care for Older People , Lord Best, Anya Martin, July 2019

Homeowners have the advantage of some equity in their property – a lot in some areas, not much in other places – and this can be used to pay for a “rightsizing” move or for making their current home more comfortable. But what about those older people who are tenants, renting in either the social or private rented sector (PRS)?

Creating space for beauty

The Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission, July 2019

This interim report recommends that new ‘mixed use’ communities be built on brownfield sites and that they should be supported by new public transport to reduce reliance on cars.

Capital Homes – New responses to London’s housing crisis

Centre for London, Richard Brown, Sara Gariban, July 2019

The first in a series of papers to inform a fresh start for housing delivery in London. They capture the discussions from four high-level roundtables which brought together academics, policymakers, planners and civil society organisations to identify areas of consensus and develop bold proposals for the next mayoral term.

Patching the Safety Net, measuring the impact of Universal Credit

NFA, ARCH, July 2019

A survey into the impact of Universal Credit (UC) on tenants and landlords. 

A home for the ages: Planning for the future through age-friendly design

Royal Institute of British Architects & Centre for Towns, Daniel Stern, Ian Warren and Andrew Forth, July 2019

This report emphasises the importance of well-designed, purpose built new homes that enable people to play a more active role in their communities as they age.

Great Expectation, exploring social housing customers' expectations of great service

ACIS, July 2019

Social housing providers need to learn from organisations like Amazon and Royal Mail if they are to meet the expectations of their customers, according to this report.

The Better Homes, Better Wales, Better World

Decarbonisation of Homes in Wales Advisory Group, July 2019

This report sets out action plans to cut carbon emissions from homes and testing out new solutions for decarbonisation

Housing for a fairer society: The role of councils in ensuring stronger societies

APSE, TCPA, July 2019

This report sets out action plans to cut carbon emissions from homes and testing out new solutions for decarbonisation


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