The 2022 Reports
Our Editorial Panel will assess each new report and those that they consider have the greatest chance of influencing policy makers are shown in the Must Read section. The Editorial Panel aims to nominate a dozen Must Read reports each year and those reports that have made way for more highly ranked ones are listed in the Highly Commended section. All other reports and those not yet assessed are included in the Further Reports section. To help increase awareness of this resource, please cite Thinkhouse in work that uses sources found on this site. Statistics and Government papers are collected at the bottom of the page.
Selected by our editorial panel as being the most important publications.
Climate Crisis/Housing Crisis: How can social landlords reconcile safety and energy saving?
Social landlords are facing two significant challenges: they must respond to new building safety recommendations and they must improve the energy performance of their stock to meet net-zero targets in response to the climate crisis. These two issues create major budget pressures. In addition, a shortage of social housing means that the stock must be protected in order to continue to provide homes for people in need. This report explores the safety and energy pressures social landlords must meet, and highlights innovative responses to these challenges.
Making a house a home: Why policy must focus on the ownership and distribution of housing
This briefing sets out the argument underpinning a new area of work at JRF, around ownership and distribution of homes in the English housing market. It suggests proposals for reform, and highlights areas we want to explore.
Rent regulation: unpacking the debates
This paper addresses three distinct questions related to rent regulation and the role of evidence. First, what are the drivers of policy change on rent regulation and what role does evidence play in shaping change? Second, what is the nature of the evidence base on rent regulation and the key messages that emerge from it? Third, how is this evidence base transmitted into policy debate? We take the example of the recent UK policy debate to examine this issue.
What creates healthy cities?
With an ever-increasing proportion of the global population residing in densely populated urban environments, it is vital to consider how city design and use impacts the health and wellbeing of residents and the spread and severity of infectious disease outbreaks. The Commission used evidence from global events to inform urbanisation and how existing urban infrastructure and communities can adapt to become more resilient in future outbreaks.
Reaching rural properties, off-grid heating in the transition to net zero.
The UK’s housing stock represents one of the most significant challenges to overcome in achieving net zero emissions by 2050. While measures around new buildings will be important, decarbonising nation’s existing housing stock is a priority for net zero policy, given that 80% of the houses people will be living in by 2050 have already been built today. The task of decarbonising off-grid homes – around four million households across the UK – warrants particular consideration.
An Obstacle Course: Homelessness Assistance and the Right to Housing in England
This report examines law, policy and practice concerning homelessness in England from a human rights perspective and highlights gaps between the UK’s international human rights commitments and its approach to homelessness at the domestic level. It provides an overview of homelessness in England and locates it in the broader context of the country’s housing crisis.
The Right to Own
This report welcomes the Government’s reported commitment to restoring the Right to Buy to the two million housing association households currently denied a chance to own. It also sets out the scale of the discrimination within the benefits system against low-income owners as opposed to working renters.
Rising to the climate change challenge: The role of housing and planning within local councils
Drawing on the findings of a survey sent to all local councils within the UK, policy analysis, a roundtable discussion, and detailed consideration of five case studies, the report highlights that important work is already being undertaken by local councils through their approach to both housing and planning.
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.
Urban Dwelling: a Vision for Urban Community-led Housing in Scotland
This report calls for more community-led housing to be developed in Scotland’s urban areas and sets out a Scottish vision for how urban community-led housing can create a more diverse housing sector, building on the proven success of community land ownership, develop community wealth, address vacant and derelict land and strengthen sustainable communities.
This report sought to go beyond the question of what makes a healthy neighbourhood, as the link between the built environment and health is well documented. Instead, it focused on how to create productive collaborations between the health and built environment sectors in order to make healthy neighbourhoods the norm across London.
COVID-19: Housing market impacts and housing policy responses - an international review
This paper looks at the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on housing and homelessness policy in eight countries. Studying this range of countries gives the opportunity to compare similar jurisdictions with a variety of housing regimes and national governance systems.
Where next for the private rented sector?
This report seeks to understand how the private rented sector might develop in the years to come, on the basis of a nationally representative survey of 1,376 adults in rented accommodation, and modelling of possible future trajectories for the housing market.
Rent control: a review of the evidence base
Rent control has been with us for more than 100 years. It has been controversial and keenly debated ever since, and it remains a critical fault line in housing policy debates. With this in mind, CaCHE decided to undertake a large-scale international evidence review incorporating both economics and wider social sciences literature from 2000 to 2020.
Cultivating Neighbourhoods that Care: A Manifesto for change
This report draws on perspectives and best practice from around the world, and sets out how the housing sector can combat loneliness and mental health issues – among younger and older populations – and ease the associated burden of this on health and social care systems.
Inclusive neighbourhoods - Promoting social inclusion in housing with care and support for older people
Housing with care and support (HCS) schemes are designed to prevent social isolation, promote interaction among residents and help people live independent, healthy lives as they get older. However, not much is known about how these living environments support older residents from social minorities, or how they work to ensure that all residents are equally valued and included. This policy report presents new research evidence on the provision of inclusive housing schemes for older people.
The growth in short-term lettings (England)
The number of short-term lettings in England has increased significantly in recent years, due to the development and growth of the ‘sharing economy’ and ‘peer-to-peer’ accommodation services such as Airbnb. Proponents highlight the benefits of the accommodation sharing economy for consumers, providers and the economy in general. However, concerns have been raised about the negative impacts associated with the rapid growth in short-term lettings and their concentration in certain neighbourhoods.