Early Career Housing Network

At the UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence (CaCHE) we are committed to supporting and nurturing the future generation of housing scholars. We understand the challenges of starting out in academia, but also the opportunities that come from the supportive networks available.

For this reason, CaCHE has established a dedicated network for PhD students, early career researchers and early career practitioners and policy professionals. We work alongside other organisations, such as the Housing Studies Association and the White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership, to ensure as many different opportunities are widely available to everyone.

Secondment opportunity

CaCHE is delighted to offer an exciting opportunity for two PhD social sciences researchers to work across academia and the private sector to help develop a shared vision for housing and placemaking in the north and midlands of England.

You will be responsible for undertaking a discrete project of mutual benefit to Strata Homes, the UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence and you, the candidate. The two secondments will also complement each other, meaning there’s an element of joint working. The exact nature of the role of the internship will be defined collaboratively in an inception meeting, but some possible areas to consider would be: modern methods of construction, decarbonisation and the climate change agenda, public attitudes towards new housing in a post-Covid world. We encourage applicants to outline suggestions for how they may take a project forward in the application form.

For more information about the opportunity (including eligibility) please see the job description. You can apply by completing this application form and the instructions included. The deadline for applications is Wednesday, 16 June (23:59GMT).

Early career ‘Virtual Network’

We have created a virtual space for our early career housing network via Slack. Here is the link to join. This is an informal space for ECRs to drop in, ask questions, share ideas or work and we will use it to promote ECR opportunities.

This is open to all early career colleagues across academia, policy and practice.

Drop-in sessions

In collaboration with the Housing Studies Association, we are holding fortnightly drop-in sessions. Sessions will run on Thursdays, alternating between 11am and 2pm. All welcome. There’s no agenda. Grab a coffee, log in and we will be here to chat.

Here are the links you’ll need: 11am sessions (first Thursday of each month); 2pm sessions (third Thursday of each month).


  • PGR‐led Interdisciplinary Forum on Innovative Approaches to Housing – Virtual Event 25th May 2021
  • PhD summer school – dates TBC – to be notified when enrolment is open please email Gareth Young.


Emma Lindley from Ashfield District Council shares her tips to aspiring housing researchers

Dr Rowena Bermingham from Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST) shares top tips on engaging with Parliament

Dr Yoric Irving-Clarke from the Chartered Institute of Housing explains the value of a PhD to policy and practice

For more information on how to get involved in the ECHR Network or please contact Gareth Young.