In our publications section, you will find our Working Paper series, our Newsletters, our Evidence Review series and latest publications from the Housing and Communities Research Group.
Discussion Paper series
This new series of discussion papers is intended to highlight issues of policy concern; to encourage debate; and to influence policy and practice.
Delivering Healthy Housing
By The Academic-Practitioner Partnership
This is the second paper by an informal partnership of academics, housing and regeneration practitioners, and housing and health researchers concerned with improving the United Kingdom’s housing. The group includes three members of Housing and Communities Research: Alan Murie, Jon Stevens and Christopher Watson.
The housing system is failing. This is widely associated with problems of housing supply, but too little emphasis is placed on poor standards of housing and failures to make best use of the existing stock. Delivering Healthy Housing builds on previous work by the Academic-Practitioner Partnership by examining what can be done to improve conditions for people living in unsatisfactory housing that damages their health, wellbeing and life chances and adversely affects the nation’s productivity.
The present system of building and planning regulations is fragmented and does not adequately protect tenants, other residents, neighbours and neighbourhoods. Common housing and health standards should be developed for all dwellings, irrespective of tenure and dwelling type. More professional resources are needed to inspect and regulate private housing, especially private rented housing; and the activities of social housing providers require regular independent inspection and analysis.
For the private rented sector, there should be an ambitious agenda to eliminate bad housing and criminal landlords; to encourage the provision of well-managed housing with reasonable standards; and to give both landlords and tenants a better deal. In the owner occupied sector, more financial support is needed for Home Improvement Agencies and Disabled Facilities Grants: this will help low income residents and reduce costs to the NHS and social care providers.
Past experience of urban renewal policies should be reviewed to identify other successful ways of reducing levels of unhealthy housing; and existing approaches to energy efficiency and fuel poverty should be taken further by supporting high standards for house improvement and new construction. Delivering healthy housing should be a priority for housing and health policy, requiring a pro-active and coordinated approach across the whole of the housing system.
Good Housing: Better Health
By The Academic-Practitioner Partnership
This paper has been prepared by an informal partnership of academics, housing and regeneration practitioners, and housing and health researchers concerned with improving the United Kingdom's housing. The group includes three members of Housing and Communities Research: Alan Murie, Jon Stevens and Christopher Watson.
Good Housing: Better Health highlights the one-sided approach to housing policy today. It calls for a more balanced assessment of the country's housing requirements and a wider recognition of issues related to housing quality, such as health, energy efficiency, poverty and social inclusion. The paper provides an action plan to get housing quality back on the policy agenda and improve understanding of how significantly good housing contributes to better health.
Journal articles and book chapters
James Gregory, David Mullins, Peter Redman and Alan Murie (2016). Social Housing and the Good Society, Policy Futures Report.
Watson, C and Turkington, R (2015), Renewing Europe's Housing, Bristol: Policy Press.
Kibler, E, Fink, M, Lang, R, Muñoz, P (2015). Place attachment and social legitimacy: Revisiting the sustainable entrepreneurship journey. Journal of Business Venturing Insights, 3, 24–29. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jbvi.2015.04.001
Gregory, J (2015) ‘Engineering Compassion: The Institutional Structure of Virtue’, Journal of Social Policy.
Gittins, T, Lang, R, Sass, M (2015). The effect of return migration driven social capital on SME internationalisation: a comparative case study of IT sector entrepreneurs in Central and Eastern Europe. Review of Managerial Science, 9(2), 385-409. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11846-014-0161-5.
Hatak, I, Lang, R, Roessl, D (2015), Trust, Social Capital, and the co-ordination of relationships between the members of co-operatives: A comparison between member-focused co-operatives and third-party focused co-operatives, Voluntas.
Lang, R (2015) The Mobilisation of Linking Social Capital in Community-led Housing in England. In R. Andeßner, D. Greiling, M. Gmür, L. Theuvsen (Eds.), Ressourcenmobilisierung durch Nonprofit-Organisationen. Theoretische Grundlagen, empirische Ergebnisse und Anwendungsbeispiele. Linz: Trauner. ISBN: 9783990334485.
Mullins, D and Jones, T (2015) From 'contractors to the state' to 'protectors of public value'? Relations between non-profit housing hybrids and the state in England. Voluntary Sector Review. Now available as fast tracked article.
Muir, J and Mullins, D (2015) The Governance of Mandated Partnerships. The Case of Social Housing Procurement. Housing Studies 10.1080/02673037.
Lang, R, Mullins, D (2014) Real localism for co-operative housing, Evidence, Issue 8, January 2014, 6-7, http://hqnetwork.co.uk/document/2833.
Lang, R, Novy, A (2014) Cooperative Housing and Social Cohesion: The Role of Linking Social Capital. European Planning Studies, 22(8), 1744-1764. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09654313.2013.800025.
Lang, R, Fink M, Kibler, E (2014). Understanding Place-Based Entrepreneurship in Rural Central Europe – A Comparative Institutional Analysis. International Small Business Journal, 32(2), 204-227. http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0266242613488614.
Reiner, E, Lang, R, Rößl, D (2014). Citizen-based Co-operatives in the Field of Renewable Energy: The Case of Solargenossenschaft Rosenheim. In T. Mazzarol, S. Reboud, E.M. Limnios, D. Clark (Eds), Research Handbook on Sustainable Co-operative Enterprise: Case Studies of Organisational Resilience in the Co-operative Business Model, (pp. 496-511). Cheltenham/Northampton: Edward Elgar. ISBN: 9780857937773 http://dx.doi.org/10.4337/9781783472024.00037.
Jones, T and Ormston, C (2013) 'Localism and Accountability in a post-collaborative era: Where does it leave the Community Right to Challenge?', Local Government Studies online.
Mills, A, Gojkovic, D, Meek, R and Mullins, D (2013) Housing ex-prisoners: the role of the third sector. Safer Communities, 12(1), 38-49.
Minora, F, Mullins, D and Jones, P (2013), Governing for Habitability. Self-organised communities in England and Italy. International Journal of Co-operative Management, 6(2), 33-45.
Moore, T and Mullins, D (2013) Scaling up or going viral? Comparing self-help housing and community land trust facilitation. Voluntary Sector Review available online, Policy Press.
Mullins, D (2013) The Evolution of Corporate Governance Structures and Relationships in English Housing Associations. Chapter 11 in Cornforth, C and Brown, WA (eds) Non-Profit Governance. Innovative Perspectives and Approaches. Routledge.
Mullins, D, Czischke, D and Van Bortel, G (2013) Hybridising Housing Organisations: Meanings, concepts and processes of social enterprise in housing. Routledge.
Mullins, D and Acheson, N (2013) Competing Drivers of Hybridity: Third-Sector Housing Organisations in Northern Ireland. Voluntas DOI 10.1007/s11266-013-9423-0. Available 'Online First' on SpringerLink.
Journal Special Issue
Dr Richard Lang (TSRC Plowden Fellow in 2013) has co-edited a special issue of the International Journal of Co-operative Management on the theme of The Governance of Cooperative Housing: Current Challenges and Future Perspectives published in September 2013. Dr Francesco Minora who was a TSRC Visiting Fellow in 2012 has co-authored a paper in the special issue on Governing for Habitability. Self-organised communities in England and Italy with David Mullinsand Tricia Jones from TSRC and Housing and Communities Research Group.
International Journal of Co-operative Management on the theme of The Governance of Cooperative Housing: Current Challenges and Future Perspectives (PDF)