The Institute for Housing, Urban and Real Estate Research (IHURER) is the host institution for ENHR 2014. Directed by Glen Bramley, IHURER is among the UK’s top social and urban policy research centres, with expertise in areas that include homelessness, poverty, housing supply and affordability, housing finance and economics. Our research is funded by a range of Research Council, Government, charitable and international organisations. We place a high priority to linking policy-relevant research to academic publication, and host Editors of Housing Studies and Urban Studies. We have a strong group of UK and international Doctoral students and encourage new applications. Heriot-Watt University performs consistently well in the National Student Surveys – we are ranked first in Scotland in more than half the courses we teach, including Planning. IHURER has recently launched an award-winning policy and research blog and a newsletter.
Chartered Institute of Housing
The Chartered Institute for Housing (CIH) is the professional body for people involved in housing and communities. We are a registered charity and not-for-profit organisation. We have a diverse membership of over 22,000 people – both in the public and private sectors – living and working in over 20 countries on five continents across the world.
CIH Scotland has more than 2,500 members working in local authorities, housing associations and co-operatives, Scottish Government, Government agencies, voluntary organisations, the private sector and educational institutions.
The CIH is about transforming peoples’ lives and communities for the better. We do this by ensuring members, others working in housing and organisations are equipped to be the best they can be. Equipping them to deliver top quality services, decent housing and decent communities.
Alan Ferguson Alan.Ferguson@cih.org
The Centre for Housing Research is the largest housing research centre in Scotland. It is part of the School of Geography and Geosciences at the University of St Andrews. The established strengths of the CHR are in the fields of analysing housing systems, including housing choices, residential mobility and migration, across all tenures and at different geographic scales, assessing the impact of housing outcomes on wider systems, such as the economy and the environment, as well as understanding implications for housing affordability, homelessness and housing wealth. The number of staff at CHR is currently 19, including 4 PhD students. Their expertise builds upon substantial experience in social housing data collection and analysis. We have a long and established record in working directly with social housing providers and agencies, and providing policy makers with a knowledge and evidence base for the critique and development of policies.
University of Glasgow, School of Social and Political Sciences
Founded in 1451, the University of Glasgow is the fourth oldest university in the English-speaking world. Today it is a broad-based, research intensive institution with a global reach, and more than 23,000 undergraduate and masters’ students.
Urban Studies has its roots in a housing research group established in 1982 with six researchers. Today, we are part of the School of Social and Political Sciences and a leading centre for urban planning, real estate, public policy, urban transport as well as housing. We have more than 30 teaching and research staff, 150 masters students and 25 doctoral students, as well as an undergraduate programme.
Research in Urban Studies clusters around three themes: Governance and the Quality of Place, Neighbourhoods and Wellbeing, and Housing and Urban Economics. We have a strong international research portfolio, including growing activities in China and Latin America, and a longstanding commitment to shaping policy and practice agendas through close engagement with key users’
Housing research at the University of Stirling is integrated into the work of the School of Applied and Social Science. This interdisciplinary school combines research and teaching interests in Sociology, Social Policy, Housing Studies, Social Work, Criminology and Dementia Studies. Professor Isobel Anderson is Director of Research in the School; Professor Douglas Robertson leads the research group on Childhood, Families and Relationships; and Dr Madhu Satsangi leads the research group on Governance, Participation and Inclusion. The housing research team also contribute to the other research groups in the
School (Crime and Justice; Dementia and Social Gerontology; Addiction Studies; and Social Surveys and Statistics); and supervise an expanding Research Postgraduate group undertaking doctoral research on housing-related topics, including research in collaboration with the housing policy and practice community. Research is funded by research councils, charitable trusts, government and the European Union and the School is committed to dissemination through high quality academic publications and a wide range of knowledge exchange activities involving policy makers and practitioners. Our housing research also informs undergraduate and post-graduate teaching programmes, including the professional Housing Studies programme which is influential on housing practice across Scotland.