The housing team at CRESR is one of the largest groups of specialist housing researchers in the UK. It has gained an unrivalled reputation for high-quality, policy-oriented evaluations and reports.

While it has experience in a range of subjects, it has particular expertise in the following areas:

  • housing market analysis
  • housing market renewal and regeneration   
  • the private rented sector and the Local Housing Allowance
  • housing modernisation
  • homelessness
  • the housing circumstances of different social and ethnic groups
  • housing's role in creating more mixed communities
  • tenant participation
  • the housing needs of gypsies and travellers
  • housing policy, housing management and service delivery
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Evaluation of the Cooperative Working Model

Project Director: Professor Paul Hickman
Project Duration: 2015-2018

Stoke-on-Trent City Council is reconfiguring its approach to supporting vulnerable households across the city of Stoke. This study is (principally) concerned with evaluating this new approach, which is called Cooperative Working.

The project team also includes Chris Damm (Sheffield Hallam University), Annette Haywood (ScHARR, University of Sheffield), Sue Baxter (ScHARR, University of Sheffield), Susi Sadler (ScHARR, University of Sheffield) and Helen Hardcastle (Qa Research).

Wigan Deal for Warmth Evaluation

Project Director: Aimee Ambrose
Project Duration: 2015-2017

An evaluation of the Wigan Deal for Warmth programme which is part of DECC’s Health and Fuel Poverty Booster Fund, which aims to address health and wellbeing issues linked to cold, inefficient homes by intervening to improve energy efficiency.

Energy efficiency in the private rented sector: what tenants really think

Project Director: Aimee Ambrose
Project Duration: 2015-2016

Previous research in the UK has established that private landlords think that energy efficiency is not important to their tenants. This project will use a combination of short postal surveys and in-depth qualitative interviews with tenants of low value private rented properties in two case study locations (Hackney and Rotherham) to test this assumption. The project will also establish the likelihood that tenants will use the provisions of forthcoming legislation under the Energy Act to request energy efficiency improvements from their landlords and whether they would be willing to pay more in rent for a more energy efficient property (landlords assume they would not). By better understanding tenants' perspectives on energy efficiency, clarifying their needs, expectations and competing priorities it is hoped that this project will contribute to the development of better informed approaches to driving up standards of energy performance at the lower end of the Private Rented Sector.

Overcoming disconnection and deprivation in city regions

Project Director: Alasdair Rae (University of Sheffield)
Project Duration: 2015-2016

The Department of Town and regional Planning at the University of Sheffield is leading a research project commissioned by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. The study seeks to develop policy proposals which can help local and national policy-makers overcome the traditional disconnect between deprived neighbourhoods and economic growth. The other research partner is the Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research at Sheffield Hallam University. The main aims of the study are:

  • to identify which deprived places and neighbourhoods in the UK are well connected within urban labour markets, and which are not. This will be achieved through the creation of new measures of neighbourhood connectedness for the whole of the UK
  • to "ground-truth" the analysis by examining the neighbourhood types identified across the UK's eleven core cities, plus London. This involves policy and stakeholder consultation at the city region level
  • to provide research results in a way that resonates with a policy audience. This necessitates consultation with policy makers and key stakeholders throughout the research.

The project team also includes Ruth Hamilton (University of Sheffield).

Understanding tenancy failure amongst tenants under 35

Project Director: Aimee Ambrose / Professor Paul Hickman
Project Duration: 2015

A partnership of housing associations led by The Hyde Group has commissioned Sheffield Hallam University (SHU) to conduct research to understand the root causes of tenancy failure amongst tenants under 35 and the impact that the HAs support and operational interactions have on outcomes relating to tenancies at risk. Findings and recommendations are expected to help the partnership to develop appropriate interventions to improve tenancy sustainment.

Get in touch

For further information please contact Dr Kesia Reeve at or call 0114 225 4519,
or Professor Paul Hickman at or call 0114 225 4522.

Key clients

Arts and Humanities Research Council
Camden Council
Circle Housing Wherry
Department for Communities and Local Government
Department for Work and Pensions
Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions (DETR)
Eaga Charitable Trust
Glasgow Housing Assocation
Home Office
Housing Partners
Hyde Housing Group and partners
Joseph Rowntree Foundation
Leeds City Council
Leeds Partnership Charitable Homes Ltd
Local Government Association
North East Derbyshire District Council
North Lincolnshire Council
Northern Ireland Housing Executive
Oldham Council
Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council
Shelter Scotland
Stoke-on-Trent City Council
Wakefield and District Housing
Welsh Assembly Government
West Yorkshire Housing Partnership
Wigan Council
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