Housing and communities research network

In memory of Chris Watson, 1940-2019

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 Centre on Household Assets and Savings Management (CHASM), the Third Sector Research Centre (TSRC) 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 aim 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 the West Midlands
  • Provide a stimulus for new research partnerships, collaborative writing and joint funding proposals

Our research network provides a unique opportunity for professionals and policy makers in the housing and communities sector to meet with students and staff of the University to discuss research based presentations. Our seminars are held monthly on Mondays.

Supporting Community-Led Housing in Birmingham and the West Midlands

Consultancy and CPD training

With a team of professors, senior research fellows, lecturers and PhD students, the Housing and Communities Research Group draws on a wide range of skills and expertise. In addition to the large-scale projects, the group also work with practitioners and industry on short-term consultancy projects on our core themes and fields of interest, including:

  • Housing solutions for low and middle income communities
  • Social housing, community led housing, self-help housing and co-operatives
  • Role of private rented sector in housing low and middle income households
  • Generation rent - the expanding role of private renting for younger households
  • Renewing older housing and empty homes

To find out more about what sort of research consultancy work we do, what kind of outputs you could expect, and previous clients, read our 'Consultancy and CPD Training' document (PDF).

There are a number of excellent professional training qualifications that are on offer around the themes of leadership, management and social work.

Download 'Consultancy and CPD Training' (PDF)

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Dr Halima Sacranie

Dr Ricky Joseph

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