In our publications section, you will find discussion papers, working papers, newsletters, evidence review and the latest journal articles from the Housing and Communities Research Group.

Reports, Journal Articles and Books

Archer,T., Crisp, R.,  Ferrari,E., Green,S.,McCarthy, L., Moore,T.,  Mullins, D., Pattison, P. and Sacranie, H. (2019) Scaling up social lettings? Scope, impact and barriers,  Joseph Rowntree Foundation and Nationwide Foundation 

Mullins, D, Pattion B, and Sacranie, H. (2017) Social Lettings Agencies in the West Midlands 

James Gregory, David Mullins, Peter Redman and Alan Murie (2016). Social Housing and the Good Society, Policy Futures Report.

Mullins D and Sacranie H (2015) Building A Legacy: The Impact Of Empty Homes Community Grants Programme in the North East And Yorkshire And Humberside

Mullins D and Sacranie H (2015) Evaluation Of Empty Homes Community Grants Programme (EHCGP) Midlands Region 

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.

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.

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.

Lang, R, Novy, A (2014) Cooperative Housing and Social Cohesion: The Role of Linking Social Capital. European Planning Studies, 22(8), 1744-1764. 

Lang, R, Fink M, Kibler, E (2014). Understanding Place-Based Entrepreneurship in Rural Central Europe – A Comparative Institutional AnalysisInternational Small Business Journal, 32(2), 204-227. 

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.

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) 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)

Working Papers

The papers below (all in PDF format) showcase our work which explores 'community-led housing' which now offers an alternative to the mainstream housing sectors such as volume house building and social housing.


WP-4-2016Square pegs and round holes: Forming a Resident Management Company at Ashfields
By David Mullins and Jon Stevens
Abstract: This is the summary of the report Square Pegs and Round Holes which looks at the establishment of a Resident Management Company at Ashfields, a leasehold Retirement Housing scheme in Shropshire, owned by Housing & Care 21.


WP 3-2015. Building a Legacy: The Impact of Empty Homes Community Grants Programme in the North East and Yorkshire and Humberside
By David Mullins and Halima Sacranie
Abstract: This is the second regional impact study of the Empty Homes Community Grants Programme in which approaching £50million grant was allocated to 110 community based organisations to bring empty homes into use. This 150-page report 'Building a Legacy' presents an analysis of the programme's impact across two regions: North East and Yorkshire and Humberside, including 11 depth case studies.

WP 2-2015. Evaluation of the Empty Homes Community Grants Programme - Midlands Baseline Case Study Report
By David Mullins and Halima Sacranie
Abstract: the Evaluation of Empty Homes Community Grants Programme (EHCGP) Midlands Region, shows how the Empty Homes programme has led to a significant expansion of the self-help housing sector in the Midlands as existing charities and social enterprises got involved in housing refurbishment work to provide good quality homes for their clients.

WP 1-2015. Bringing real localism into practice through co-operative governance: The role and prospects for community-led housing in England
By Richard Lang and David Mullins
Abstract: The overall aim of this fellowship project was to explore the potential that co-operative housing governance offers for effective localism and sustainable community building. The empirical results outlined in this report are based on interviews with housing experts as well as stakeholders and representatives of community-led and co-operative housing in England and Wales between April and June 2013.

Evidence Review

David Mullins (2015) Extra-Care Housing: Impacts on individual wellbeing (PDF)

This review takes a look at the increasingly popular concept of extra-care housing and explores the peer reviewed evidence on its contribution to individual wellbeing. This evidence review, undertaken for Housing and Care 21, was part of a wider study undertaken with Robin Miller and Steve Appleton of the Health Services Management Centre.

Discussion Papers

These discussion papers are intended to highlight issues of policy concern; to encourage debate; and to influence policy and practice.

Delivering Healthy Housing (PDF) 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 (PDF) 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.


Housing and Communities produce regular newsletters throughout the year. These feature articles from members of the Housing and Communities Research Group, as well as information on events and updates on research projects.