Thinkhouse is a free online library of 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 site is curated by an independent panel of experts who select the best and most innovative reports for particular attention in our Must Read section. To promote and encourage a new generation of researchers the panel have created an Early Career Researcher's competition. Users can contact us to subscribe to the weekly email update and for speech writes we have a bite size facts page.
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Homelessness and Housing First: A guide to good practice
This report explores the homelessness context in the UK, its causes, and the government's approach to tackling homelessness. It also provides evidence of successes and failures of three government funded Housing First pilot schemes, as well as good practice examples from homelessness charities and organisations following Housing First principles.
Tackling Homelessness: Case Studies
This report documents 17 case studies of homelessness provision and support in the United Kingdom. Promoting shared learning amongst the providers of homelessness support can improve the capacity and delivery of homelessness initiatives. LSE Housing's research has demonstrated the complex and multi-faceted nature of homelessness and the need for varied approaches and services to tackle it. The core aim of this report is to foster greater knowledge exchange and sharing of good practice, to help more people access a stable, secure, safe place to call home.
The impact of social housing: economic, social, health and wellbeing.
This report brings together evidence that demonstrates the impact and value of social landlords’ housing and wider services. The report also demonstrates how housing associations and co-operatives can measure the social and economic value of their work and evidence how it aligns with the Scottish Government’s National Performance Framework.
Journeys in the Shadow Private Rented Sector
This report examines the nature and impact of criminality in the private rented sector, making recommendations for urgent changes to the law, policy, and practice. These include the role of licensing schemes, policing, and access to the legal system for tenants.
Warm homes and a safe environment
The housing sector needs to lead the drive to tackle climate change and achieve the targets the government has set to reduce carbon emissions. This briefing sets out the case for change as governments across the UK decide how to boost investment after the Covid-19 crisis
Double or Quits: The influence of longer-term grant funding on affordable housing supply
This report shows government’s stop-start approach to grant funding has limited the number of affordable homes housing associations have been able to build. Doubling the duration of Affordable Homes Programmes could have a ‘transformative effect’ on the number of homes built by housing associations.
Under water; how big will the negative equity crisis be, and who is at risk, in the aftermath of the coronavirus crisis?
This report focuses on two big questions: what is the likely scale of the possible low equity problem in the aftermath of the coronavirus crisis; and who is likely to be affected?
Assessing compliance with deposit protection requirements
Protecting tenant deposits in a government-backed tenancy deposit scheme is mandatory across the UK. This briefing paper identifies what information is currently available that could be used to assess compliance with deposit protection requirements.
The micro-economics of private housing development and land markets
This project reviews the evidence base that supports, or otherwise, the argument that higher levels of housing supply suppress growth in housing prices. It was inspired by the fact that much of the research activity examining housing supply and housebuilding in the post-Barker Review period had an explicit focus on England. It deploys case studies of Scotland and Northern Ireland.
At a crossroads: Building foundations for healthy communities
This report is calling on the Government to put public health at the heart of housing delivery; empowering local decision-makers to create healthy and high-quality places. The report condemns a decade of deregulatory planning reform which has failed to acknowledge the crucial role local authorities play in designing healthy places and driving up the standard of new housing.