Housing and communities research network

Housing and Communities is an important arena for current policy and practice challenges in relation to welfare reform, public expenditure reductions, homelessness, housing supply shortages, financial inclusion, anti-social behaviour, worklessness, Localism, the ‘Big Society’ and the role of third sector in service delivery. Research and knowledge transfer on these topics plays a key role in the University’s civic engagement agenda.

Housing and Communities has long been a key area of interest of research and teaching at The University of Birmingham, both in the School of Social Policy, and building on the 40 year tradition of housing research in the Centre for Urban and Regional Studies. Housing and Communities are central to the research agendas of the Third Sector Research Centre (TSRC) and the Centre for Household Assets and Savings Management (CHASM) and the Public Management Academy. Interest in housing and communities is also a key theme for Geography and Earth Sciences, History, Local Government Studies, Law and Public Health departments to name but a few.

The aims of this research network are to:

  • Improve links and build an active research community
  • Improve awareness of interests of researchers on housing and communities across the University and partners in West Midlands.
  • Provide a stimulus for new research partnerships, collaborative writing and joint funding proposals.

Visit the Housing and communities research page for details of current research and knowledge transfer.


Read and comment on the Housing and Communities Research Blogs.


Dates for your diary

Housing and Communities Research Network Seminars 2013-2014

Row of terraced houses29 April 2014
8th Seminar
Generation Rent: Facing the Challenges of Private Rental Expansion in Birmingham
Ben Pattison, Steve Bentley and Mike Walsh - register now!


Read more about previous housing and communities research events.