We’re committed to delivering high quality research that supports government and the rest of the housing sector meet more housing need. This research is done primarily by our in-house Research and Policy team.
It’s never been more important to make the case for affordable homes, and robust evidence is the best way to do that. It’s essential housing associations have a strong voice at national, regional, and local government levels, so the interests of the people we service – our residents and our potential residents – are represented. We think it’s important not just to point out problems, but to come up with solutions. Our research reports always present ways to help fight the housing crisis.Reuben Young, Research and Policy Manager
The team's Research Spotlight blogs are published regularly on this website.
Research we’re working on now
Is the social housing rents system fit for purpose? This report examines recent changes to government rent and welfare policy, as well as changes in the labour market and to housing associations’ financial models, all of which have affected rents in social housing. We find the rent system is failing in three ways: it is often unaffordable, it is extremely complex, and it is unfair. We assess policies that could fix these problems and make rents work better for social tenants and landlords.
We’re doing a deep investigation into the rationale behind customer satisfaction methodologies, exploring where the sector is heading in relation to strategic use of satisfaction scores.
We are in the beginning stages of research that seeks to understand the role of housing associations and look into our role as a social landlord. We will look at questions that explore what kind of role our residents want us to play and what our stakeholders want us to deliver.
Based on our residents’ feedback, we’re reviewing our consultation procedure during estate regeneration. The findings will feed into an open-access independent framework for our residents undergoing future consultations.
Our published research reports
Making land deliver
How to reform land policy and make housing affordable again.G15 Homes for Heroes report
Why aren’t housing associations building more social rent homes?
A report reviewing why housing associations aren't building more socially rented homes.Read More
Building Homes, Building Trust
The full Future Shape of the Sector report.Read More
Ground Rents - Do the risks outweigh the rewards?
A report into Government's review into Ground Rents.Ground Rents Do The Risks Outweigh The Rewards
The Tipping Point - Housing and the 2017 election
An analysis on the effect of housing on the outcome of the 2017 general election.The Tipping Point Housing And The 2017 Election
We've held lively panel debates on the research we've produced. Check the following video of a panel debate held in July 2020 discussing our Making land deliver report.