Project Director: Ed Ferrari (Co-investigator; Sheffield Hallam University lead) / Ken Gibb (Principal Investigator) (Glasgow University)
Project Duration: 2017-2022
The Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence (CaCHE) is an independent, multi-disciplinary and multi-sector consortium of academic and non-academic stakeholders. CaCHE is UK-wide in coverage (across all four nations and at different spatial scales within), as well as UK-level in focus. It will advance knowledge and improve the evidence base for both housing policy and practice in all parts of the U.K.
CaCHE is organised as a "hub and spoke" network with its administrative core in Glasgow and a physical presence in all 5 sub-national knowledge exchange hubs in Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales & the South West, the North & Midlands, and London, East & South East. CRESR Director Ed Ferrari is the CaCHE Knowledge Exchange Lead for the North and Midlands.
Additionally, CaCHE’s six research themes crosscut the different geographies depending on relevancy and appropriateness. The themes are:
- Housing and the economy
- Understanding housing markets: demand and need, supply and delivery
- Housing aspirations, choices and outcomes
- Housing, poverty, health, education and employment
- Housing and neighbourhood design, sustainability and place-making, and
- Multi-level governance.
CRESR is leading one of CaCHE’s early high profile exemplar projects aimed at understanding the impact of welfare reforms on the housing association sector.
The CaCHE management team is based at the University of Glasgow and is responsible for overall strategy, operational delivery, co-ordination, data navigation, research and Knowledge Exchange. The evidence centre and its management team are accountable to a funders group and an international advisory board chaired by Lord Bob Kerslake.
Alongside Sheffield Hallam University the main consortium members are the Universities of Glasgow, Sheffield, Bristol, Cardiff, Ulster, Reading, St. Andrews, Heriot-Watt and Adelaide (Australia), along with the National Institute of Social and Economic Research, CIH, RICS and the RTPI. The consortium has a network of institutional and individual collaborators at regional and national level supported by contributions from additional partners including Crisis, the Wheatley Group, NatCen, Shelter, Rightmove and several more.
CaCHE is a funded five year programme (2017-18 to 2021-22) but will seek to become self-financing sustained beyond this period. It will do so by regular scanning of opportunities with partners, and by also being impactful and influential through a combination of rigorous evidencing, prioritised across its six research themes, which in turn will generate a new primary research agenda.
The project team also includes Paul Hickman and Ben Pattison (Sheffield Hallam University).