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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Evaluating Circle Housing Wherry’s HB2U pilot project

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.

An Evaluation of the Houses into Homes Initiative

Project Director: Professor David Robinson
Project Duration: 2012-2015

The evaluation is exploring the effectiveness of arrangements for delivering the Houses into Homes scheme for bring empty properties back into use and seeking to determine the impact and added value of the scheme.  The Houses into Homes scheme makes available loans to bring empty houses or commercial buildings back into use as homes for rent or sale.  A £10 million fund has been made available by Welsh Government to support the scheme. 

Oldham Warm Homes Service evaluation

Project Director: Dr Will Eadson
Project Duration: 2013-2015

An evaluation of a ‘whole household’ approach to fuel poverty. This includes impact analysis of a range of different interventions, and will involve valuation of outcomes with respect to its impact on health and wellbeing.

Benefit Sanctions and Homelessness

Project Director: Dr Kesia Reeve
Project Duration: 2014

A scoping study for a larger project about the impact of benefit sanctions on homeless people, the project is analysing available data and reviewing relevant policy documents and literature to inform design of a longer term research project.


Researching Housing Decisions in Camden

Project Director: Dr Steve Green / Dr Kesia Reeve
Project Duration: 2014

CRESR was commissioned by Camden Council to undertake a cross-tenure qualitative study of the housing choices, aspirations and behaviours of local residents, and explore drivers and motivations for the behaviours of key housing market informants (including developers and landlords). The project was commissioned in response to the Council’s recent Equalities Taskforce, and contributes to the development of future housing strategy in the Borough.

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
Glasgow Housing Assocation
Home Office
Joseph Rowntree Foundation
Leeds City Council
Local Government Association
North Lincolnshire Council
Oldham Council
Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council
Stoke-on-Trent City Council
Wakefield and District Housing
Welsh Assembly Government
West Yorkshire Housing Partnership
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