Karen Croucher



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Research Fellow

  • BA (Hons) Latin & Italian, University of Liverpool
  • MSc Health Science & Clinical Evaluation,University of York
  • Certificate in Health Economics, University of Aberdeen

Karen Croucher joined CHP in 2000 and has continued to develop one of CHP’s major research themes - housing and later life, as well as drawing on her previous experience of health research to explore the links between health, housing and neighbourhood..  Karen has undertaken projects on: services to support older people to live independently in the community, end of life care, older people living in the private rented sector; the housing needs and choices of older people; retirement villages, sheltered housing and extra care housing; and housing for older people in rural areas.

Recently completed work includes the National Evaluation of the Handyperson Programme for the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG), the development of a good practice guide to support the development of lifetime neighbourhoods also for DCLG, and work on end of life care in extra care housing. Karen has undertaken projects for a range of commissioning organisations, including; DCLG, Department of Health, Joseph Rowntree Foundation, the National End of Life Care Programme, the Scottish Government, Hanover Housing, the Elderly Accommodation Counsel, Glagow Centre for Population Health, and Age UK.



Research interests

  • Housing and later life
  • Lifetime neighbourhoods
  • Extra care housing and retirement communities
  • End of life care





  • Literature review on neighbourhoods and health
  • The needs of retiring clergy  



Selected publications

Croucher, K., Quilgars., D., Baxter, D. and Dyke, A. (2017) Housing and Life Experiences: First interviews with a qualitative longitudinal panel of low income households, Second interim report to the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, York: Joseph Rowntree Foundation. Housing and Life Experiences - 2nd interim report (PDF , 1,348kb)

Evans, S., Valleley, S. and Croucher, K. (2014) The role of specialist housing in supporting older peeople with dementia, in Downs, M. and Bowers, B (Eds) Excellence in Dementia Care - Research into Practice. 2nd Edition. Maidenhead: Open University Press.  

Buckner, L., Croucher, K., Fry, G., Jasinska, M. (2013) The Impact of Demographic Change on the Infrastructure for Housing, Health and Social Care in the North of England Applied Spatial Analysis and Policy DOI: 10.1007/s12061-013-9090-y, Netherlands: Springer

Tunstall, R., Bevan, M., Bradshaw, J., Croucher, K., Duffy, S., Hunter, C., Jones, A., Rugg, J.,  Wallace, A.,  Wilcox, S (2013) The Links Between Housing and Poverty, York: Joseph Rowntree Foundation. Findings (PDF  , 226kb) Housing and Poverty Full Report (PDF , 1,548kb)

Croucher, K. and Bevan, M (2012) 'Promoting supportive relationships in housing with care', York: Joseph Rowntree Foundation. Promoting supportive relationships report (PDF , 462kb)

Croucher, K. and Lowson, K. (2012) National Evaluation of the Handyperson Programme, London: Department for Communities and Local Government
Downloads:  Report (PDF , 1,396kb) ; Appendices: Appendix (PDF , 358kb) ; Appendix (PDF , 320kb) ; Appendix (PDF , 372kb) Appendix (PDF , 789kb)

Jones, A., Lowson, K. and Croucher, K. (2012) Evaluation of the Test Sites Commissioned to Facilitate the Implementation of the National End of Life Care Programme Social Care Framework, Supporting People to Live and Die Well, National End of Life Care Programme Report (PDF , 314kb)

Bevan, M. and Croucher, K. (2011) Lifetime Neighbourhoods, London: DCLG.Report (PDF , 533kb)

Jones, A, Croucher, K & Rhodes, D (2011) Evaluation of Learning Resources for End of Life Care in Extra Care Settings, NHS NCCSDO. Summary (PDF , 122kb)

Croucher, K & Lowson, K 2011, National Evaluation of the Handypersons Programme : interim findings, Department of Communities and Local Government, London.

Croucher, K. and Rugg, J. (2010) Older People's Experiences of Renting Privately, London: Age Concern. Report (PDF , 2,543kb)

Croucher, K. and Bevan, M. (2010) Telling the Story of Hartfields: A New Retirement Village for the 21st Century, York: Joseph Rowntree Foundation. Report (PDF , 3,138kb)

Jones, A., Bretherton, J., Bowles, R. and Croucher, K. (2010) Sanctuary Schemes for Households at Risk of Domestic Violence: Practice Guide for Agencies Developing and Delivering Sanctuary Schemes, London: Communities and Local Government.Practice Guide for Agencies Developing and Delivering Sanctuary Schemes (PDF , 741kb)

Jones, A., Bretherton, J., Bowles, R. and Croucher, K. (2010) The Effectiveness of Schemes to Enable Households at Risk of Domestic Violence to Remain in Their Own Homes, London: Communities and Local Government.Report (PDF , 1,065kb)

Croucher, K. (2009) End of Life Care in Housing With Care Settings: Update on Policy and Recent Research, Department of Health.

Croucher, K., Holmans, A. and Wilcox, S. (2009) An Examination of the Housing Needs and Supply for an Ageing Society, London: Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyers.

Croucher, K. (2008) Housing Choices and Aspirations of Older People: Research from the New Horizons Programme, London: Communities and Local Government.

Croucher, K; Sanderson, D; Chaplin, S; Wright, D and Lowson, K (2008) A Review of Sheltered Housing in Scotland, Edinburgh: Scottish Government/Communities Scotland.

Croucher, K., Jones, A. and Wallace, A. (2007) Good Neighbour Agreements and the Promotion of Positive Behaviour in Communities, London: Communities and Local Government

Wallace, A., Croucher, K., Jackson , K., O'Malley, L., and Quilgars, D. (2006) 'Reflections on Systematic Reviewing in Housing'.  Housing Studies 21 (2) 297-314.

Croucher, K. (2006). Making the Case for Retirement Villages. York: Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

Croucher, K., Hicks, L. and Jackson, K. 2006. Housing with care for later life: A review of the Literature. Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

Croucher, K. and Rhodes, P. 2006. Testing Consumer Views on Paying for Long-Term Care. Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

Wallace A., Bevan M., Croucher K., Jackson K., O'Malley L. and Orton V. (2005) The Impact of Empty, Second and Holiday Homes on the Sustainability of Rural Communities: A Systematic Literature Review, York: Centre for Housing Policy, University of York Empty, second and holiday homes (PDF , 1,162kb)
Stephens, M. and Croucher, K. 2005. Attitudes to Making Adjustments to Common Parts of Rented and Leased Premises. Research Report No. 317. Department for Works and Pensions.

O'Malley, L. and Croucher, K. 2005. 'Supported housing services for people with mental health problems: a scoping study'. Housing Studies, Vol.20 (5), 831-845.

O'Malley, L. and Croucher, K. 2005. 'Housing and dementia care - a scoping review of the literature'. Health and Social Care in the Community, Vol 13 (6), 570-577.

Croucher K. and Rosser J. (2003) The Provision of Home Improvement Services to Visually Impaired Adults, London: The Thomas Pocklington Trust.

Croucher K., Quilgars D., Wallace A., Baldwin S. and Mather L. (2003) Paying the Mortgage? A Systematic Literature Review of Safety Nets for Homeowners, York: Department of Social Policy and Social Work, University of York.Paying the Mortgage Report (PDF , 905kb)  Paying the Mortgage Summary (PDF , 329kb)

Croucher, K.; Pleace, N. and Bevan, M. (2003) Living at Hartrigg Oaks: Residents' Views of the UK's first Continuing Care Retirement Community, York: Joseph Rowntree Foundation

Croucher, K; Quilgars, D. and O'Malley, L. (2002) Review of Accommodation for People with Mental Health Problems in Worcestershire and Development of an Accommodation Strategy, York: Centre for Housing Policy.

Croucher K. (2002). 'Unintentional Injuries', in Bradshaw J (ed), The Well Being of Children in the UK, Save the Children, London.

Klaber-Moffett J, Newbronner E, Waddell GM, Croucher K, Spear S. (2000). 'Public perceptions about low back pain and its management: a gap between expectations and reality?' Health Expectations, 3: 161-168.

Croucher K., 1995, Contracting for Services in the Management of Schizophrenia, YHEC Occasional Paper No.9; University of York

Stollard P, Croucher K. and Clark T. (1990) 'The development of a points system to compare the potential running cost of different development options for new hospitals', Health Services Management Research, 3(1) 49-59.

Stollard P, Osbourn S, Shaftoe H and Croucher K. (1989) Safer Neighbourhoods - Re-designing Housing Developments to Reduce Crime and Enhance Community Safety, Institute of Advanced Architectural Studies (University of York), Working Paper.

Clark T, Croucher K. and Stollard P (1988) Points System for Evaluating Development Options to Reduce Operating Costs - Report of a Department of Health Funded Study, Institute of Advanced Architectural Studies (University of York), Research Paper 26.

Karen Croucher

Contact details

Karen Croucher
Research Fellow
Centre for Housing Policy
University of York
YO10 5DD

Tel: 01904 321473
Fax: 01904 321481