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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 as 'must read'. 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. We have just started a trial of an email bulletin. - how it works

The site is curated by an independent  Editorial Panel. The aim is to include all relevant publications, which are group by year and by category.  The Ed Panel assess each new report to select those that they feel merit being included in the 'must read' section on each yearly page. The Ed Panel aims to have about a dozen reports included in this 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.  Thereby helping to, 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 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.

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.  We are trialing an email bulletin to advise our users of new reports.  If you would like to receive this please contact us. 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. Please cite us in work that uses sources found on Thinkhouse.

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. 

2019 Early Career Researcher's Prize (ECRP)

Sponsored by Altair and L&Q.

Our 2019 prize competition for early career housing researchers has been won by Anthony Breach, an analyst for Centre for Cities. This year the prize fund has been doubled to £500.

The prize gives early career housing researchers an opportunity to showcase their work to a wide and influential audience. It is open to UK and non-UK applicants. This is the second year that we have run this competition and last year’s winner, Anya Martin, was on the judging panel.  The 2019 winning entry, runner up are here.  

Contact us

The easiet way to get hold of us and to ask to be added to our email bulletin and on twitter @thinkhouseinfo.

Recently released reports

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

Working hard(ship). An exploration of poverty, work and tenure

Resolution Foundation, Lindsay Judge & Hannah Slaughter, February 2020

This report explores the link between poverty, work and housing, and adds to our knowledge of the topic in two distinctive ways. First, we look at in-work poverty not just as a static but also a dynamic condition. Second, we explore the intersection between housing tenure and in-work poverty.

Evidencing the link between the Local Housing Allowance freeze and homelessness

LGA, Zoe Charlesworth & Dr Benjamin Fell & Fabiana Macor, February 2020

This report highlights that the LHA rate now available for 9 out of 10 private renters across 279 local areas across the country is lower than their rent. This means that in many parts of the country there are no properties available to those entitled to full support with their housing costs.

Forms And Mechanisms Of Exclusion In Contemporary Housing Systems: A Scoping Study

CaCHE, Jenny Preece, Emma Bimpson, David Robinson, Kim McKee and John Flint, February 2020

This report explores the central research question: what do stakeholders and housing providers identify as the key mechanisms of exclusion in contemporary English rental housing systems?

Developing age-friendly communities in the Northern Gateway urban regeneration project

Manchester Urban Ageing Research Group, Camilla Lewis, Mark Hammond, Niamh Kavanagh, Chris Phillipson, Sophie Yarker, February 2020

This report argues that the Northern Gateway should offer mixed, affordable and age-appropriate housing and amenities. An equitable development plan should be developed, through community-led engagement, to ensure that the benefits of regeneration are shared among new and existing residents.

Homeless Mothers: Key Research Findings

CaCHE, Emma Bimpson, Kesia Reeve and Sadie Parr, February 2020

This reports explores and makes visible the experiences of homeless mothers and their interaction with housing and other social services.

The Homelessness Monitor: Northern Ireland 2020

Crisis and Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Fitzpatrick, S., Pawson, H., Bramely, G., Wood, J., Stephens, M., Frey, J. & McMordie, L, February 2020

The Homelessness Monitor: Northern Ireland 2020 is the third annual report of an independent study, funded by Crisis and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, of the homelessness impacts of recent economic and policy developments in Northern Ireland.

Better housing for the 21st century

The Academy of Urbanism, February 2020

This report draws on places that have been shortlisted for Academy of Urbanism Awards both in the UK and other parts of Europe to draw some lessons for policymakers. A combination of new ideas and the reintroduction of some forgotten approaches can, the authors suggest, solve the UK housing crisis and create better neighbourhoods.

Women, Homelessness and Health

Groundswell, February 2020

This research aims to understand the health conditions women who are homeless were facing and how homelessness affected their health. The research was carried out by volunteers, all who themselves have experienced homelessness, enabling them to build trust and relate to the women they were talking to.

Making the UK fairer: Where we live

PWC, February 2020

This report is focused on ‘Places’ and builds on the themes in PWC’s first two reports in this series on ‘Making the UK Fairer’ and ‘How we Work’, by providing further insight on the disparities that exist between people living in different places.


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