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Digital Nomads

The aim of this research, funded by the Centre for Digital Built Britain, was 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 investigated the application of digital technology in three areas: access to properties, management of properties and lived experience.

Shared housing is becoming an increasingly common long-term housing solution but, despite this, it is an area which is extremely under-researched. Co-living for millennials has its roots in 'hacker houses' in the USA, which provided cheap, shared accommodation for aspiring entrepreneurs in expensive urban areas and there is potential for such co-living models to be expanded into other tenures and household types.   

This research project, led by Kathryn Muir, one of CCHPR's early career researchers, will begin with a literature review. Qualitative research based at four UK-based co-living organisations, a survey of residents living in more traditional houseshares and interviews with technology providers will address key areas of interest to  the Centre for Digital Built Britain (CDBB). These areas of interest include equality and equity in a digital built Britain, community interaction with an increasingly digitalised social and economic infrastructure, and the social implications of living and working in a digital built Britain.     

A round table event in the later stages of the project will facilitate valuable dialogue between co-living providers, residents, developers, housing charities, government representatives and providers of digital technology.


Reinventing Renting

Our report, Reinventing Renting: The application of digital technology in housing for 'generation rent', was presented as part of the CDBB's September2019 showcase event .

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Project Start Date

November 2018