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
- 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
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).
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).
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.
Project Director: Professor Paul Hickman / Dr Will Eadson
Project Duration: 2015
This project looks at improving tenant sustainability, and in particular the sustainability of new tenancies, through the provision of furniture to new tenants. The project includes stakeholder consultation, a review of existing evidence, analysis of existing secondary data and in-depth interviews with NIHE tenants.
Project Director: Dr Kesia Reeve
Project Duration: 2014-2015
The aim of the project is to carry out an evaluation of data collection on tenants affected by Direct Payment of Housing Benefit, in preparation of Universal Credit. We will be required to produce a report on these findings, supported by additional activities during the reporting period.