The Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) is a partner in a new national research centre set up to inform housing policy in the UK.
Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence
To be launched this summer, the Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence (CaCHE) brings together the expertise of nine UK universities, the National Institute of Economic and Social Research, the RTPI, Chartered Institute of Housing and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.
It will be independent of government and aims to provide robust evidence to inform housing policy and practice across the UK to tackle housing problems at a national, devolved, regional, and local level.
Professor Ken Gibb (University of Glasgow) who will be Principal Investigator and Director of CaCHE said:
“In the UK, housing is one of the main policy challenges facing national and devolved governments. This major new programme will allow policy makers and practitioners across the UK to benefit from the best possible evidence to help them take the robust action needed to tackle chronic housing problems."
Trudi Elliott, RTPI Chief Executive, said:
“Being at the frontline in delivering places and housing while bridging the interests of a wide range of stakeholders, planners have a lot to contribute to this major initiative. I am delighted that the Institute is working with our partners and offering our expertise to provide rigorous housing evidence to influence and shape housing policy for the benefit of all.”
The five-year project will launch on 1 August and will receive £6 million of funding from the Economic and Social Research Centre, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and the Arts and Humanities Research Centre.
Led by Glasgow University, the centre will have staff located at five hubs across the UK in Glasgow, Sheffield, London, Cardiff and Belfast.
The work of the programme will focus on six overlapping themes: Housing and the economy; Understanding housing markets: demand and need, supply and delivery; Housing aspirations, choices and outcomes; Housing, poverty, health, education and employment; Housing and neighbourhood design, sustainability and place-making; and Multi-level governance.