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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Older People from Ethnic Minorities in Kirklees: Housing Needs and Preferences Study
This report aims to better understand how preferences in the ageing ethnic minority population affects housing (and housing related support) needs . The findings will help inform decision making and the delivery of mainstream and specialist housing and support services suited to older people from ethnic minorities now and over the next 5 to 15 years.
Public Participation In Planning In The UK: A review of the literature.
Public participation in planning has extensive social, environmental and economic benefits. This is a review of research since 2010 on participation, engagement and consultation in planning with a focus on the UK, but with lessons applicable to other places. It includes a series of recommendations for a policy and industry audience.
Keeping Communities Together: How smaller social landlords and community-led housing can provide affordable, secure, low cost accommodation for communities in need
This report sets out the potential for small, community-based housing organisations to deliver homes for people in housing need, within their own communities. It uncovers innovative examples and models for how this can be done. The case study section is followed by a discussion, highlighting the unique role of small and community-led housing organisations, the barriers to their development, and recommendations for future policy action.
Maximising health and well-being opportunities for spatial planning in the COVID-19 pandemic recovery
This report looks at the major positive and negative health impacts of housing and spatial planning policies during the COVID-19 pandemic on the population of Wales, learn from these, any positive interventions and co-benefits in order to shape a healthier future environment for all.
Net zero ready new build housing: benefits and barriers to delivery
This research investigates how housebuilders in the affordable housing sector can plan effectively for a zero carbon future by exploring the main challenges and opportunities in delivering net zero carbon ready new build housing in their sector.
Insights into the use of modular housing in addressing homelessness
Modular housing is one of the innovations increasingly used in the homelessness sector to provide temporary accommodation, but there is very limited evidence about the effectiveness of these models, the barriers and facilitators to set them up and operate them, and the experiences of people housed there. This research provides an overview of current modular and container housing provision in the UK.