Welcome to Thinkhouse was officially launched in Spring 2018 and holds a library of the best and most innovative research pieces, policy publications and case studies that propose ways to increase the amount and quality of the UK's housing stock and the related economic, social and community benefits of doing this. The reports are grouped by year and by category.  Scroll down to read about how we curate the reports or see what has recently come out.  The links above provide access to all the publications on the site including those that the Editorial Panel have selected to be showcased. To help increase awareness of our resource, please cite us in work that uses sources found on Thinkhouse. To promote new research the Panel have created an early career researcher's competition, see below or click the link in 'About' for more information. - how it works

The site is curated by an independent editorial panel.  All relevant publications, which are group by year and by category.  The Editorial Panel assess each new report to select those that they feel merit being included in the 'selected' section on each yearly page. The Editorial Panel aims to have about a dozen reports included in the 'selected' section by the end of each year.  Those reports that have made way for more highly ranked ones are listed in the 'highly commended' section. The Ed Panel base their decision on, how likely they are to influence policy makers as well as the quality of the research/evidence, the coherence of the arguments, the report format/accessibility and how innovative and practical the pieces are.  

The overall objective is to provide easy access to a few key reports and provide a home for all relevant work.  These will help inform policy makers who are engaged in understanding how we can build more and better homes and communities, improve knowledge transfer and provide evidence/ideas to drive decision making. To help increase awareness of our resource, please cite us in work that uses sources found on Thinkhouse.

To help speech writers and journalists the 'bite size facts' drop down menu includes snapshots of some interesting facts quoted reports published each year.  We have also started to trial the holding of links to international reports that provide interesting insights from around the world.  This is in beta release and can be accessed from the category menu above.  All comments and links to new reports, gratefully received.

Finally the Ed Panel write a number of blogs about recently released reports and also a review of each research year.  See the 'Blogs' drop down menu.

Below you will find the most recent additions to the site.  Please alert us to any report that may have been missed or is due out soon.  You can use the search function to download a search enabled excel file of our entire database.

The site has been running since 2017 and was formally launched at the House of Lords in Spring 2018.  It has no ties to or funding from any interest or political group and reports are selected solely on merit. If you think we add value please help share what we are doing.

The Editorial Panel

The panel manage Thinkhouse

Our Ed. Panel have a mix of skills, backgrounds and experience in housing. They share a desire to see more and better homes built. The panel is chaired by Thinkhouse's founder Richard Hyde. Click on the drop down link under 'About' to view panel members. 

2018 Early Career Researcher's Prize (ECRP)

Sponsored by Altair.

The winner: Anya Martin, Research and Public Policy Officer, Peabody for her paper; The impact of social housing on child development outcomes.

The runner-up:Emily Pumford, researcher, Riverside for her paper, Understanding Government’s Attitudes to Social Housing through the Application of Politeness Theory

Click here to read these two reports and the judges comments.  Anya's report is also included on our 2018 page.

Contact us

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Recently released reports

See the Year, Category or Search pages to view our library of other reports.

Planning for new homes

NAO, February 2019

This report is part of a series on housing in England, including Housing in England: overview (2017) and Homelessness (2018). It assesses how effectively MHCLG supports the planning regime/Planning Inspectorate to provide the right homes in the right places. 

Home for Good: the role of floating support in ending rough sleeping

St Mungo's, February 2019

As part of St Mungo's Home for Good campaign, they issued Freedom of Information requests to 135 local areas to learn more about how funding for their floating support services has changed over the past five years.

Poverty and housing in the private rented sector

NHF, February 2019

In this short briefing the NHF outline the key findings from their analysis that shows the positive impact that social rent could make to households in relative poverty after housing costs who are paying a market rent in the private rented sector.

Rise and Fall: The shift in household growth rates since the 1990s

Civitas, Daniel Bentley and Alex McCallum, February 2019

This report looks at household formation over the last decade and assesses some of the important implications of the decline in household size ceasing.

Making a sustainable community: life in Derwenthorpe, York, 2012–2018

JRF, Deborah Quilgars, Alison Dyke, Alison Wallace and Sarah West, February 2019

This research finds that mainstream housing developers can successfully deliver sustainable homes and communities at scale that produce high-quality living environments. However, different levels of buy-in from residents mean that environmental and social measures need to be built into the model as far as possible from the outset.

Homelessness in 2030

Y-Säätiö and Feantsa, February 2019

FEANTSA member, the Y-Foundation, has published a collection of essays from leading researchers from around the world on the future of homelessness. The essays offer futures in which homelessness has been eradicated, utopias and dystopias, visions from countries such as Australia and Germany and detailed imaginings of paradigms and policy in the sector.


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