Our work is organised into seven, overlapping themes. This permits a holistic, systematic, and rigorously evidence-based approach to understanding the workings of the housing system, exploring the complex and dynamic connections and inter-dependencies between different parts of the system. This approach also recognises the very different challenges found across the UK within local, metropolitan, devolved administration and regional housing systems.


This theme focuses on the critical importance of housing to the economy in both macroeconomic and spatial or microdomains. It is led by Geoff Meen (University of Reading) and Jeffrey Matsu (RICS)


The markets theme aims to synthesise the body of research on national, regional, sub-regional and local housing markets across different housing tenures and other important channels e.g. housing need. This theme is led by Chris Leishman (University of Adelaide).


The aim of this theme is to better understand and apply housing choices, conceived of as the outcome of pathways, material, socially constructed preferences, expectations and externally created constraints. This theme is led by John Flint (University of Sheffield) and David Robinson (University of Sheffield).

Wider Drivers

It is because of the housing system’s complex inter-relationships with other key sectors (work, health, education, environment, etc.) and the (largely unevidenced) belief that good housing and policies can prevent other social ‘bads’ that makes this theme so important and challenging. It is led by Mark Stephens (Heriot-Watt University).


The theme’s aim is to locate and then critically consider the importance of existing and new housing in its different spatial dimensions. This theme includes linked sub-themes concerned with place and better place-making. It is led by Flora Samuel (University of Reading).


This cross-cutting theme focuses on multi-level fragmentation of housing policy, governance and sharing of learning in a rapidly evolving devolution context across the UK and at all spatial scales. This theme is led by Alex Marsh (University of Bristol).


This theme is concerned with the quality and quantity of evidence relating to the multiple causes, the experience of and policy/practice responses to different forms of homelessness across the UK. This theme is led by Suzanne Fitzpatrick (Heriot-Watt University).