skip to primary navigationskip to content
 

Current Research

At any one time, CCHPR will be working on a number of different research projects. The current projects are listed here.
Understanding the socio-economic inhibitors to the take up of digital innovation in construction
Transforming construction is a social, cultural, economic and political challenge, and not just a technical problem, and our project will focus on the key social and cultural factors inhibiting digital uptake in the construction sector and which are holding back transformation across the construction supply chain. The research will seek to understand and then improve the socio-cultural bottlenecks preventing the uptake of technical innovations in construction.
How can smart technologies meet the demand of an ageing population?
The increase in the proportion of older people has been described as “one of the most significant social transformations of the twenty-first century” (United Nations, 2015), with huge implications for government health and social care budgets. Our research for the Dunhill Medical Trust, which starts in October 2019, will collect data about 'smart' home technologies in order to understand how these innovations support wellbeing and independent living.
CSaP Impact Hunting
The aim of the research is to identify examples of impact resulting from the meetings between academics and Policy Fellows. This will provide a narrative about the ability of the University of Cambridge's Centre for Science and Policy (CSaP) to generate impact, which may be useful input for the University’s environment statement.
Construction Innovation Hub
Dr Gemma Burgess, Acting Director of CCHPR, is a Co-Investigator on the £72m Construction Innovation Hub, a partnership between the Centre for Digital Built Britain (CDBB), the Building Research Establishment (BRE), and the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC).
Leasehold and Freehold Charges
This research, funded by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG), will examine the issues of the levels of leasehold and freehold charges being charged, and the variation within these, in order to inform the development of the Ministry's leasehold reform policy and future programme.
Creating positive economic communities
Funded by The Local Trust, Prof Pete Tyler and Dr Gemma Burgess will lead a team of researchers in reviewing how positive economic change might be sustainably created in communities with a population of 5,000 to 15,000, where there is sufficient local involvement and adequate long term support.
Digital Nomads
The aim of this research, funded by the Centre for Digital Built Britain, is to understand how digital technology is being used to enable new forms of shared living in the private rented sector. With a focus on the use of digital technology in shared rented accommodation, the research will investigate the application of digital technology in three areas: access to properties, management of properties and lived experience.
Is co-living a housing solution for vulnerable older people?
Many vulnerable older people face related challenges around poor housing, poverty, loneliness and lack of support, which co-living housing models have the potential to address. The Nationwide Foundation and the Nationwide Building Society have funded CCHPR to conduct research in order to understand the benefits, risks and potential for scaling up of co-living models for vulnerable older people. Our research includes analysis of the complex and sometimes ambiguous legal and financial frameworks that can apply to such households.
Evaluation of the Reimagining Rent Programme
The Young Foundation has commissioned CCHPR to undertake an evaluation of the Reimagining Rent Programme, assessing its effectiveness in supporting participating innovations to grow and achieving wider impact.
Planning for Affordable Housing (PLANAFFHO)
Dr Sónia Alves is currently working on PLANAFFHO - a two year Marie Sklowdowska-Curie Fellowship which aims to examine how land use planning contributes to the provision of affordable housing for people on low incomes, and how it has promoted a mix of housing tenures within new developments in three European capital cities - Copenhagen, Lisbon and London - since 2007.
London Strategic Housing Initiative Evaluation
Trust for London and Citizens UK have commissioned CCHPR to undertake the evaluation of an initiative aimed at improving housing in London for citizens on low incomes.
Building Better Opportuities - New Horizons
CCHPR has been commissioned to evaluate the New Horizons programme. New Horizons combines elements of financial inclusion, digital inclusion and employability delivered by employees hosted delivered from hubs in Peterborough, Wisbech, Kings Lynn and Cambridge with rural outreach. This project is funded by the European Social Fund and the National Lottery, through the Big Lottery Fund.