"Homelessness is one of the most dramatic manifestations of inequality" (Pleace 2011)

"Planned reforms will bring to an end a century of government subsidies for council housing in England" (Wilcox & Pawson 2012)

International comparative analysis of housing systems and policies is a rich source of insight and ideas

"Over the 2000s worklessness amongst social tenants reduced" (Tunstall 2011)

"Neighbourhoods play a crucial role in promoting independence in later life" (Croucher & Bevan 2011)

Social housing carries the ability to protect and strengthen family units" (Rugg & Kellaher, 2014)

Rebecca Tunstall, Centre Director 

The Centre for Housing Policy (CHP) is one of Europe's leading centres for interdisciplinary housing and social policy research, with interests centring on housing and social justice, housing and later life and the operation of housing markets.

CHP has a twenty-five year record of academically excellent and policy-relevant research, with measurable impacts on policy and services. We were ranked joint first in the UK for research impact in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, as part of the Department of Social Policy and Social Work.

Professor Rebecca Tunstall, Centre Director

Expertise and Projects

Our 12 researchers have internationally-recognised expertise across the full range of housing issues, and skills ranging from analysis of large scale data sets to interviewing vulnerable people.

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crisis skylight interim report january 2016 jo bretherton nicholas pleace
New report shows how services are benefitting single homeless people

Posted on Monday 25 January 2016

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Policy Pathways to Justice in Energy Efficiency , caz snell, mark bevan, 2016, Association for the Conservation of Energy, The Children's Society, and Disability Rights UK
Research aims for justice in energy policy

Posted on Friday 22 January 2016

Major new research project to see how policies affect vulnerable groups

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Major European training programme draws on CHP research

Posted on Tuesday 5 January 2016

Improving cooperation between social services workers and housing staff

How we can help

  • Understand your service users
  • Demonstrate service outcomes and cost effectiveness
  • Nurture sustainable policy outcomes
  • Implement evidence-based assessments of policy impact
  • Design and commission effective evaluative research

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  • Bretherton, J. and Pleace, N. (2016) Crisis Skylight: Pathways to progression, second interim report. Report (PDF  , 587kb)
  • Rhodes, D. (2015). The fall and rise of the private rented sector in England. Built Environment, 41(2), 258-270. Download article (PDF  , 569kb)