Equality, diversity and inclusion

Over 2020 a number of events (both publicly and through research projects conducted) highlighted the current lack of focus on equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) in UK Housing Studies, and particularly in the CaCHE research agenda.

We want to change this, and to start to broaden our focus. We want to use our platform to support and encourage people to talk about their experiences of housing and home. Housing is central to all of our lives, but our experiences – whether that be access to safe and secure accommodation, ensuring our housing remains fit-for-purpose through our life course, how it affects our mental and physical health, how people feel within their home and the surrounding communities, discrimination people might be facing – vary considerably. We want to ensure that people’s voices are heard.

Our EDI initiative is the start of this journey and something we are committing to embed into all of our work going forward. We want to create a space for meaningful discussion and engagement and to develop relationships across the housing system, other relevant disciplines and with those who work in housing, as well as those living across, and experiencing, a variety of housing situations. We recognise that we only know so much, and there’s still a lot of learning ahead and we want to ensure this work values and engages with different forms of knowledge and experiences.

We are welcoming anyone to get involved. If you would like to discuss this work, and to find out more about how you can contribute, please contact Gareth Young (gareth.young@sheffield.ac.uk) in the first instance.

Aims and objectives

The key aims and objectives for this work are:

  • To have meaningful and engaging conversations about housing and diversity in the broadest sense to highlight where there are gaps in understanding, data and research, to highlight and promote evidence where it does exist and raise the profile of best practice across the sector.
  • To broaden CaCHE relationships and to provide a platform to encourage the participation of wider audiences to contribute to outputs, to share their experiences and to help highlight significant societal challenges and gaps in research and evidence.
  • To facilitate a space for respectful discussion, whereby asking questions and critical discourse is welcomed and done so in a sensitive manner.
  • To develop a plan of action for future research priorities and research gaps.