Welcome to Thinkhouse is a new resource for the housing sector, formally 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.  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 and those that the Editorial Panel have selected to be showcased and reviewed. To promote new research, the Panel are holding 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, will be included in the Repository section.  The Editorial Panel will then assess each of these pieces to select those that they feel merit being included in the selected/showcase section. The Editorial Panel aims to have about a dozen reports included in the showcase section by the end of each year.  The Ed Panel base their decision on 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. The Editorial Panel will also write a short review for many of the selected reports.    To help speech writers and journalists each annual section will include some interesting 'bite size' facts on reports published in the 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 via the menu above.  All comments and links to new reports, gratefully received.

Finally the Ed Panel will write a review of each research year and comment on any notable gaps in that year's research.

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

Sponsored by Altair.

Submissions are invited to  our early career researcher's prize.  This award will give early career housing researchers an opportunity to showcase their work to a wide and influential audience. Please click here to download the entry criteria and requirements. The closing date is the 28 September 2018. The aim of this newly established competition is to encourage papers that look at international research or which help to close the evidence gaps highlighted in our 2017 annual review.  However we will not necessary preclude papers (subject to prior agreement) that look at other housing related issues or research gaps.  The competition is open to those with up to six years research experience. Candidates with or without a PhD, and those working within academic or non-academic institutions (the voluntary sector, think tanks, membership organisations, the media, housing associations etc) are welcome to apply. Please note that time spent in doctoral-level research study counts as research experience. Co-authored papers are permitted in cases where all authors meet the entry requirements. We will consider think pieces, review papers synthesising existing evidence and policy analysis, papers sharing the findings of original empirical research or investigative journalism type pieces. Journal articles or other papers already published or under review will be accepted.

Contact us

The easiet way to get hold of us and on twitter @thinkhouseinfo.

Recently released reports

Better Brownfield

Policy Exchange, Susan Emmett, Nicholas Boys Smith and Alessandro Venerandi, May 2018

At look at how to create mixed-use neighbourhoods and streets by utilising sites currently occupied by single-storey big box retail and industrial sheds in London

Delivering affordable homes in a changing world

APSE, TCPA, May 2018

The fourth annual housing research collaboration between the Association for Public Service Excellence (APSE) and the Town and Country Planning Association (TCPA). This study follows on from ‘Housing the Nation’ published in 2015,
‘Homes for all’ published in 2016, and ‘Building homes, creating communities’ published in 2017. Taken together the four reports track the scale and pace of change to housing and planning policy, and the implications of these changes for local authorities across the UK.

Settlement Patterns, urban form & sustainability

RTPI, May 2018

This research paper draws from evidence on the relationship between settlement patterns, urban form and sustainability to demonstrate the positive contribution of planning to national challenges relating to economic productivity, climate change, public health and our ageing population.

An Evaluation of Rent Regulation Measures within Scotland’s Private Rented Sector

Shelter Scotland, Douglas Robertson and Gillian Young, June 2018

An analysis of the success or otherwise of rent pressure zones and whether they could be implemented in Scotland

Everybody In, How to end Homelessness in Great Britain

Crisis, Matt Downie, June 2018

A hugely detailed report that outlines evidence from home and abroad of ways to end homelessness. The report shows the costs of preventing and solving homelessness along with the policies needed to get us there.


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