Taking the political out of policy – producing evidence on UK housing issues is only part of the challenge

With ever-worsening housing affordability, first-time buyers left behind and tenants struggling to meet their rents, is the UK housing market officially broken? Is there a crisis? Here Professor Ken Gibb, Director of the new UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence (CaCHE) aims to answer that question.

Personally I don’t find the shorthand phrase ‘housing crisis’ very helpful, but prefer to think of the housing system as confronting multiple, overlapping challenges which periodically ‘blow up’. Continue reading

Work begins at the new Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence project

Kenneth Gibb 150Ken Gibb is the Director of the ESRC UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence (CaCHE) and is professor of housing economics at the University of Glasgow. He has recently also worked as co-director of What Works Scotland and was the founding director of the University’s knowledge exchange body for policy research, Policy Scotland. He is a trustee of the Urban Studies Foundation and is chair of Sanctuary Scotland housing association.

The UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence (CaCHE) started its real work last week, kicking off with a launch event in London. Four of 13 initial projects are underway, as well as four linked PhDs.

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