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New Appointments at CCHPR
Professor Michael Oxley, BSc (econ), MSc, PhD will take up the post of Director of CCHPR on 1st January 2014 succeeding Peter Williams who will continue as a fellow in the Centre. Mike is currently Professor of Housing at De Montfort University and a Visiting fellow at Delft University of Technology. After a lectureship in Economics at Reading University, he joined De Montfort in 1974, becoming Director of the Centre for Comparative Housing Research in 1995. He moved to Nottingham Trent University in 1999 to head the Centre for Residential Development before returning to De Montfort in 2005. Mike has an extensive publication list including his book Economics, Planning and Housing, published by Palgrave in 2004 and strong track record in funded research including the ESRC.
New estimates of housing demand and need in England, 2011-2031, by Alan Holmans
Key findings include the abrupt break with longer term trends in household formation in England between 2001 and 2011. Net additional household formation was down by some 20%,with almost 1 million fewer one-person households in 2011 than had been projected.
There were also other large scale shifts in the mix of household types, with far more couple-plus-other-adult households and multi-adult households than expected. In part this is about younger people staying at home or sharing accommodation for longer. But that is not the whole story as changes are observed in all age groups.
The official projections include the effects of the financial crisis and the subsequent recession, but these are not the only reason why household formation was so far below trend.
Latest ProjectsEvaluation of the FirstStop Information and Advice Initiative
FirstStop is an independent, free service offering advice and information to older people, their families and carers about housing and care options in later life. It is led by the charity Elderly Accommodation Counsel (EAC) in partnership with other national and local organisations and funded by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG). FirstStop delivers information and advice through a national telephone helpline and website. FirstStop has also seed-funded a number of local information and advice services which aim to raise the profile of housing options for older people in their area and to provide a face to face case work service to older people. The Cambridge Centre for Housing and Planning Research has been evaluating the FirstStop service since 2009 and will continue to work closely with FirstStop through 2013/14.Understanding private landlord financial and regulatory incentives for property investment
Shelter has commissioned CCHPR to investigate the financial provisions landlords put in place to maintain the condition of their property. The research aim is to understand the incentives and barriers to investment in upgrading the quality of the housing stock they manage.Understanding recent changes in household formation rates and their implications for planning for housing
This project examines available evidence on the changes in household formation rates that occurred between 2001 and 2011, identifying local variations as well as the national picture. A key question to be addressed will be, “Are the changes the beginning of a new long-term trend of a short term departure from and established trend”.
Dataspring is currently helping providers to assess the impact of NAHP affordable rents
Managing hearing loss in vulnerable groups of the Cambridgeshire D/deaf communities
This study is the second of two pieces of research exploring the use of different services in Cambridgeshire by people who are D/deaf.
The changing delivery of planning gain through Section 106 and the Community Infrastructure Levy
The aim of this research was to consider the issues shaping the delivery of planning obligations through S106 and to explore the potential impact of the new Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL), particularly on the delivery of affordable housing. It builds on a previous study exploring the impact of the downturn on delivery of planning obligations through S106 and the impact of the transition to the CIL.
A Hidden History: Women's Activism in Ethiopia
New journal publication by Dr Burgess describes the dominant gender identity of Ethiopian women and the changes to Ethiopian politics and women’s place within them. It discusses how the shift to democratic politics opened new spaces for women’s civil society activism. However, more recent political moves towards greater repression of civil society have closed the space for women’s political activism, leaving the future of women’s public role in question.
Scoping study on service use by the Cambridgeshire D/deaf communities
This study aimed to begin to explore the use of different services in Cambridgeshire by people who are D/deaf. The research identified several gaps in knowledge about particular groups within the D/deaf community and also identified gaps in services in Cambridgeshire.
Inclusionary housing policy in England: Impact of downturn on delivery of S106 affordable housing
“Inclusionary housing policy in England: the impact of the downturn on the delivery of affordable housing through Section 106” – just published in the Journal of Housing and the Built Environment by Dr Nicky Morrison and Dr Gemma Burgess.
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