Publications and presentations

Our work covers:

  • 'mixed communities'
  • social housing neighbourhoods
  • neighbourhood management
  • the links between neighbourhood environments and residents’ health

Current and recent projects

  • Evaluation of the York and District CAB/ York Travellers Trust partnership outreach service for the Gypsy and Traveller community in York.

The project involves a project worker being employed by York and District CAB for two days a week. This worker will work in partnership with York Travellers Trust including providing a weekly drop-in service at the YTT, information sessions, group training sessions and occasional sessions at Gypsy and Traveller sites and/or other relevant events. The worker, and the CAB service more generally, will also collect information on key social policy issues affected the community and encourage take up of mainstream CAB and other services. The research aims to evaluate the extent to which the project meets its overall aims and its key targets over the three year period.

A project led by Deborah Quilgars,  2013-2015, funded by Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

  • Gypsy and Travellers' Sites and Energy Bills

The research, funded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and in association with the York Citizen’s Advice Bureau, is to investigate the reasons for high fuel costs on travellers sites and potential solutions.

A project led by Deborah Quilgars,  February - October 2016, funded by Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

  • Life in the 'Alpha Territory'. London's 'Super-Rich' Neighbourhoods

University of York in partnership with the University of London. Contributors to the research are Dr. Rowland Atkinson, Professor Roger Burrows, Professor Caroline Knowles, Professor Tim Butler, Professor Mike Savage, Professor Richard Webber, Dr. Luna Glucksberg and David Rhodes

The research runs for two years from February 2013, and is funded by the ESRC. The research aims to undertake a ground-breaking study of the neighbourhood contexts of the lives of the very affluent. It will test a range of conceptual claims that have been made about class 'spatalization', 'spatial retreat', and the 'segregation' and 'insulation/fortification' of the wealthy, that have hitherto not be studied with empirical rigour.

See article in The Observer Sunday 23 January 2016  ‘Ushers and butlers’ … how fawning politicians welcomed world’s rich'

  • Derwenthorpe: Evaluating pro-environmental behaviour change at Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust’s new 500-home development

Deborah Quilgars, Becky Tunstall of CHP with Sarah West and Alison Dyke of the Stockholm Environment Institute, for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. Interim results due 2013, completing 2015

CHP has won £1.2m funding from the EPSRC, ESRC and AHRC for a three year ‘Design for Wellbeing’ project investigating the links between mobility and wellbeing amongst older people. The ‘Co-Motion Consortium’, led by Rebecca Tunstall, involves CHP, York’s Departments of Computer Science and Health Sciences and Stockholm Environment Institute, and the Institute for Transport Studies, University of Leeds; the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape, University of Newcastle; and the Department of Psychology, Northumbria University.

Over three years, the work will include a longitudinal study of older people in York, Hexham and Leeds who have experienced transitions affecting mobility and wellbeing such as losing their driving license, losing sight, becoming a carer, or starting to use a mobility scooter. This will lead into intensive co-design workshops with older people, covering experimental crowd sourcing and participatory GIS on mobility barriers, deliberative approaches to conflicts between diverse needs, mobility apps for iPhones, mobility scooter design adaptations, and a typology of neighbourhoods according to mobility characteristics and suitability for interventions. There will also be work with national and local stakeholders.