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 Editorial Panel develops mechanisms for capturing new international work and how to assess it, all reports that have been brought 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.
Towards a healthy, affordable and sustainable Built Environment
COVID-19 emphasised the importance of the built environment for our societies. With more than 90% of our time spent indoors, the impact of the built environment on health and productivity should be better valued and understood. The health crisis has also stressed the inequalities in the access for all to suitable and healthy buildings. Social distancing and selfquarantine are not possible in overcrowded homes while centralised heating and cooling systems turned out to be dangerous vehicles for the spread of the virus.
Homelessness Among Migrant Women in the EU
This report looks at the experiences of migrant women facing homelessness in the EU. Migrant women are a particularly vulnerable group whose experiences of gender-based violence, homelessness and being a migrant are all very much intertwined. This paper aims to scratch beneath the surface of these interlinked experiences and raise awareness around non-EU migrant somen's experiences of homelessness, drawing attention to the lack of data and supportive legislation in place for this group.
Fifth overview of Housing Exclusion in Europe
According to estimates by the Foundation Abbé Pierre and FEANTSA, some 700,000 people face homelessness every night in the European Union, representing a 70% increase in ten years. However, during the recent health crisis, this number fell sharply thanks to the emergency measures to provide shelter for the most vulnerable among us taken by all European countries. We have now seen that it is possible to end homelessness if we really want to when we have the means to do so!
Ageing in the Right Place, An Australian perspective
As part of the ‘Ageing in the Right Place’ research, the Global Centre for Modern Ageing surveyed over 1000 Australians aged 55+ to uncover what makes a place feel like home and what factors are important when creating places where people want to live
Fixing Urban Planning with Ostrom: Strategies for Existing Cities to Adopt Polycentric, Bottom-Up Regulation of Land Use, George Mason University
Campaigns to address high housing costs by reforming urban planning to allow more housing have had some notable successes, but they continue to face considerable opposition. Proposals often involve top-down preemption of municipal zoning decisions by higher authorities such as state legislatures. In places where reform remains politically difficult, I suggest trying the opposite tactic to overcome opposition: introducing laws to allow ultralocal, bottom-up land use decisions, which would address spillover and other concerns and enable win-win bargaining to permit more housing. This tactic draws upon research in the field of common-pool resources founded by Elinor Ostrom. Under my suggested approach, small communities would be able to demand a share of the profits from development in exchange for allowing it on terms and in a form that they like.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.