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Cambridge Centre for Housing & Planning Research


The Cambridge Centre for Housing and Planning Research (CCHPR) is a University of Cambridge Research Centre led by Dr Gemma Burgess. It was established in 1990 (originally as the Property Research Unit) with the objective of undertaking policy-oriented research on all issues affecting housing and land use and has an international reputation as a leading academic research institution in the fields of housing and planning.

CCHPR is located within the Department of Land Economy, University of Cambridge.  We have thirty years' of experience in our field, operating from our base in a world class University and provide an innovative and cost effective research service of the highest quality. We have a proven track record of providing the evidence and analysis to influence and support better policy and practice. Our specialisms include:

  • Social housing and low cost home ownership
  • Section 106 and affordable housing development
  • Understanding local housing markets
  • The role of home ownership and private renting
  • Welfare reform and housing policy analysis
  • Policy analysis backed by unrivalled social housing statistics

Since its inception, the Centre has attracted nearly £15m in external research grants, carrying out over 150 research projects for a variety of sponsors, ranging from the ESRC, the Department of Communities and Local Government and its forerunners, the Welsh Government, Shelter, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, and a wide range of other bodies including local authorities and housing associations.