University of St Andrews

New Direction for the Centre for Housing Research

Thursday 19 June 2014

The Centre for Housing Research (CHR) is moving forward under the new Directorship of Drs. Kim McKee and Louise Reid

Kim is the current Chair of the Housing Studies Association, and a member of the editorial board for the journal of Housing Studies.  She has authored 20+ publications cross-cutting the fields of Social Policy and Urban Geography, with expertise in social housing and community assets. 

Louise is Principal Investigator on an ESRC Future Leader’s Grant: Smarter Homes and is actively involved in the RGS-IGB.  Her interests include low carbon living, and theories of practice and behaviour.  She has published widely in leading journals including Progress in Human Geography.

As CHR moves through its third decade our programme of research will be organised around two strategic themes, centred on advancing our understanding of housing and home from geographical, sociological and economic perspectives:

1)    Homes, Families & Communities focuses on people and is concerned with the interconnections between housing, home and family; and how these relationships, in turn, contribute to intra and inter-generational inequalities.  This workstream also considers the attachments people have to their local communities, and their active role in shaping and creating the places in which they live through voluntary and community action.   

2)    Places, Policies & Practices has housing at its core, and seeks to better understand the linkages between policy and place, especially the uneven geographical impact of public policy making.  In addition, this workstream encompasses our work on environmental behaviour change through an analytical focus on peoples’ daily practices. 

The Centre will continue to be the foremost repository for social housing data, through our Client’s Records and Outcomes Project (formerly Supporting People).  Through this project we collect data about the needs of vulnerable people receiving housing-related support in England.  We are also exploring new possibilities for data collection and management that builds on our decades of expertise.

Knowledge exchange and collaboration will also continue to be central to our activities, and we look forward to working with our existing research partners, as well as developing new networks in the coming years ahead.  Our policy-relevant activities make us well positioned to inform and influence decision making from the local to the national and the wider European context.

For further information on CHR’s new strategic direction, or current research activities, please see our website or contact CHR’s administrator: email: chr@st-andrews.ac.uk, tel: 01334 461787