Housing research, case studies and reports from outside the UK 

This page holds our embryonic library of reports on or about how other countries are responding to the issues of under supply and the related social and economic consequences of this. It also provides some links to relevant non-UK institutions. Whilst the Ed Panel develops it mechanisms for capturing new international work and how to assess it, all pieces that have been bought to our attention will be held here and given a headline introduction. Reference will be made if a report is not in English. With thanks to Anthony Breach from Centre for Cities for initial advice and also to Professors Greg Clark and Mark Stephens.

A review of Berlin's new rent controls

By DIW, in German.  Overall there is a low impact on supply but the economic impact ls less that expect.

The Times looks at how the Japanese recycle their housing land

Japan’s population is slightly less than double that of the UK and declining. Its new housing supply, measured by housing starts, is, however, far higher. Last year there were more than 960,000 housing starts in Japan, compared with a UK total of just over 190,000. For a population less than double that of the UK and falling, Japan builds five times as many houses.

Affordable housing in expensive USA cities

This report by Gabriel Metcalf is a useful introduction to current US thinking.

 Tokyo keeping supply ahead of population growth - part 1

What urban California tried to learn on why Tokyo has kept supply ahead of population growth.

California's transit density bill (SB827)

Explanation blog by Scott Wiener about allowing more housing near public transportation.

" The future of housing policy is being decided in California "

More on SB827

Japanese planning

A blog post for those interested in having an introduction into how the planning system operates in Japan.

 Tokyo keeping supply ahead of population growth - part 2

James Gleeson blog post on the same theme as above.

An international review of the changing institutions of private rental housing.

This report provides a resource for considering policy settings and institutions relevant to the Australian private rental sector (PRS) by drawing on the international experience of 10 countries in Australasia, Europe and North America.

The Finnish approach to homelessness

The Housing First Europe Hub provides an overview and a number of reports on the Finnish Housing First approach that has been credited with significantly reducing rough sleeping.

The Frameworks Institute

The Frameworks institute addresses the critical need to build public understanding of a range of housing-related issues: why they matter, how they work, whom they affect, and what we can do to ensure that all Americans have access to safe, affordable, and healthy housing.


The EU-SILC Portal on EC website provides information on housing with limited but useful function to allow user manipulation of data for simple cross-tabs.

The European Network for Housing Research.

A useful network of EU based researchers

Urban Land Institute - Europe

Mass Migration and Real Estate in European Cities, April 2017

Urban Land Institute - Europe

Dublin Affordable Housing - sessions 1 and 2, November and December 2017

 Urban Land Institute - Europe

Amsterdam Affordable Housing

Urban Land Institute - Asia Pacific

Building Healthy Places Toolkit

Urban Land Institute - Asia Pacific

Ten Principles for Building Healthy Places

Urban Land Institute - Americas

Reduce Homelessness in Los Angeles With Bold, Collaborative Actions to Increase Access to Temporary and Permanent Housing, May 2018

Urban Land Institute - Americas

Health-Promoting Features at Mixed-Income Housing Developments, March 2017

Urban Land Institute - Americas

Smarter Land Use Policies Can Strengthen Local Housing Markets, September 2017

European Mortgage Federation

Hypostat 2017, which is its main statistical report, encompassing data on recent developments in housing and mortgage markets.

Housing Europe

Housing Europe celebrates its 30th anniversary with a dive into the organisation's history, highlighting the most important milestones.

Fostering innovation while retaining high standards and mitigating possible conflicts - Vienna's approach to short-term rentals

How Vienna regulated and increased the number of AirBnB listings and the impact on the housing sector.

Singapore land value capture

The RTPI, Edwin Loo's blog abou how Singapore has used land value capture to help deliver the 'singapore model'

European affodable housing solutions

Identifying, debating and promoting innovative solutions for affordable housing in Europe

The temporary dwellings Programme in Turin, Italy

An analysis of this programme started in 2006.

Adapting European Cities to Population Ageing: Policy Challenges and Best Practices

Investigates the effectiveness of policies and initiatives to develop age-friendly cities, April 2019

Learning from International examples of affordable housing

The URBED Trust were commissioned to provide a set of case studies on affordable housing internationally in January 2019.

Strengthening economic cases for housing: the productivity gains from better housing outcomes

This research examined how a range of outcomes in Sydney's and Melbourne’s housing markets, including price, location and quality effects, may have a negative feedback effect on productivity and growth in their economies. 

Shaping Futures: Changing the Housing Story, Summary Report

Reports on the Shaping Futures program, a knowledge exchange and policy analysis initiative spanning Australia, Britain and Canada, which explored the conventional housing policy narratives that have dominated government thinking in those countries.

How The City of Vienna Handles Affordable Housing and Inclusivity

An article by Ulduz Maschaykh, published in Spacing Vancouver.  A must read for all policy makers interested in afforadable housing.

Collaborative Housing
Building a great life together

A guide based on research from @USTEngage.

The housing crisis in London, Berlin and other German
cities: A British-German dialogue 

This paper is based on a German-British dialogue on housing policy which was organised by the
Friedrich Ebert Foundation and the Smith Institute, with the support of Peabody housing
association. Through this dialogue the Foundation and the Institute have sought to facilitate an
exchange of experiences, innovative ideas and solutions to address the housing crises in London,
Berlin and other major cities. 

Urban being: The future of City Living

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.

Communal and intergenerational living in the Netherlands and Denmark

Gita Prasad, HousingLIN