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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.