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Dr Gemma Burgess

Latest Projects

Complete list of latest projects (started within the past year), with the most recent at the top.
Tackling digital exclusion: identifying policy and practitioner responses to support digitally excluded households
CCHPR are partnering with CHS Group and others to conduct impact work with a specific focus on tackling digital exclusion.
The Shared Ownership Sector in 2020
The aim of this research is to provide an analysis of the shared ownership sector in 2020, with a focus on the supply and management side of the industry, rather than the demand side.

Latest Publications and Presentations

Complete list of latest publications and presentations (published in the last year), with the most recent at the top.
Towards a co-creative Stakeholder engagement framework for Smart City projects
Richmond Ehwi gave a peer presentation to Department of Land Economy colleagues on 3 December 2020.
Can smart homes meet the needs of our ageing population? The challenges of implementation
Gemma Burgess, who sits on the TAPPI panel, gave a presentation as part of the Housing LIN Summit 2020 session on mainstreaming accessible housing on 11 December 2020.
How does the provision of advanced, predictive telecare and smart home technology for older people affect its outcomes?
Our report looks at the provision of advanced, predictive telecare and smart home technology for older people.
The Digital Divide: what does the research tell us?
Gemma Burgess presented some of CCHPR's research findings as part of the Cambridge Digital Partnership's online conference on 19 October 2020.
Small-scale modular housing could provide a lifeline for people experiencing homelessness
CCHPR researchers have teamed up with colleagues at the Max Planck Cambridge Centre for Ethics Economy and Social Change in this article for The Conversation.
New Horizons: Long term impact of coaching & the wider context of structural poverty
Hannah Holmes and Gemma Burgess 's report for New Horizons looks at the longer term impact of the project.
Urban informality in the Global North: (il)legal status and housing strategies of Ghanaian migrants in New York City
A journal paper co-authored by Sabina Maslova and Gemma Burgess has been published online by the International Journal of Housing Policy.
Beyond the pandemic: tackle the digital divide
The crisis is forcing us all to change direction, to rethink what we do and how we do it. In this series, the University of Cambridge asks the question: beyond the pandemic, where should we go from here?
Flourishing Systems
The Cambridge Centre for Digital Built Britain have published a white paper: 'Flourishing systems: re-envisioning infrastructure as a platform for human flourishing'.
Unpicking the downsizing discourse
A paper by Gemma Burgess and Valentine Quinio has been published online by the journal Housing Studies. Unpicking the downsizing discourse: understanding the housing moves made by older people in England discusses the nuances of the resiidential moves made by over 55s in England.

All Projects

Complete list of projects, with the most recent at the top.
Tackling digital exclusion: identifying policy and practitioner responses to support digitally excluded households
CCHPR are partnering with CHS Group and others to conduct impact work with a specific focus on tackling digital exclusion.
The Shared Ownership Sector in 2020
The aim of this research is to provide an analysis of the shared ownership sector in 2020, with a focus on the supply and management side of the industry, rather than the demand side.
The housing market and the wider economy
Our collaborative research programme for Places for People will take an in depth look at the housing market and the complexity of its relationship with society and the wider economy.
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 started in October 2019, collected data about 'smart' home technologies for older people in order to understand how these innovations support wellbeing and independent living.
CSaP Impact Hunting
The aim of the research was to identify examples of impact resulting from the meetings between academics and Policy Fellows, providing a narrative about the ability of the University of Cambridge's Centre for Science and Policy (CSaP) to generate impact.
Valuing Planning Obligations 2018-19
CCHPR researchers are participating in a collaborative project looking at developer contributions
Creating positive economic communities
Funded by The Local Trust, Prof Pete Tyler and Dr Gemma Burgess led 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.
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).
Wylfa Newydd Housing Study
The Wylfa Newydd Housing Study (Stage 1), commissioned by the Isle of Anglesey County Council and undertaken by CCHPR, reviewed Horizon Nuclear Power’s Construction Worker Accommodation Strategy. It identified the key issues and impacts of the proposed development, and outlined the measures required to alleviate impacts, on the local housing market. The purpose of the second stage of the study is to further define and justify the mitigation measures required, and to provide the required evidence, to underpin the ‘Housing Fund’ in the s106 Agreement in order to ensure that the Isle of Anglesey County Council has a robust and credible evidence base leading into the Development Consent Order (DCO) investigation.
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.
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.
Uptake of digital tools in the UK house building sector
Our mini-project for the Centre for Digital Built Britain looked at the uptake of digital tools in the UK house building sector. It provides a ‘state of the nation’ report into the opportunities and barriers to the uptake of the digital tools, standards and processes that are collectively known as Building Information Modelling (BIM).
Evaluation of the Reimagining Rent Programme
The Young Foundation 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's project PLANAFFHO, funded by a two year Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellowship, examined 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.
Gemma Burgess - new Junior Proctor for University of Cambridge
Valuing Planning Obligations
CCHPR participated in a collaborative project entitled Research into the Incidence and Value of S106 and CIL. Led by the University of Liverpool, the project was funded by the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government.
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 Opportunities - 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.
Assessment of Student Housing Demand and Supply for Cambridge City Council and Oxford City Council
Cambridge City Council and Oxford City Council commissioned this study to inform planning policy with regard to the provision of student accommodation, and its impact upon housing need, within the two cities.
Government Policy and the Profile of Housing Provision in England
CCHPR were commissioned by Places for People to explore the impact on government policy on the profile of housing provision in England. It will consider the impact of the Housing and Planning Bill and other reforms to welfare, housing and planning policy on the social and affordable housing sector in England.
Multi generational living: potential opportunities for the house building sector?
This research for the NHBC Foundation analysed the scale and nature of multi generational living in England and explored the opportunities that this presents to the house building sector.
Downsizing and moving in later life - new build housing or existing stock?
This research explored why older households move in later life, the size of property they moved to and why they choose either new build housing or existing stock. It considered what the house building sector can learn from their experience and what opportunities that this presents to the house building sector.
Evaluating the public health outcomes of the Cambridgeshire Time Credits Scheme
CCHPR's evaluation of the public health outcomes of the Cambridgeshire Time Credits project in Wisbech looked at the potential of the project to reduce health inequalities.
Identifying housing need in the horseracing industry
In order to inform its investment plans and future housing strategy Racing Homes wanted to ascertain the level of housing need currently experienced within the horse racing industry and, in particular, where they have existing housing stock. The aim of this research was to establish the degree and nature of current unmet need for affordable housing among racing staff and to make recommendations as to how that need may best be met.
Sight loss is not life loss: Evaluation
The 'Sight Loss is not Life Loss' project was funded by the Big Lottery Fund. It aimed to help people with sight loss to achieve greater independence, to reduce social isolation and to have greater access to information, advice, support and specialist equipment. The aim of the proposed research was to provide an evaluation of the 'Sight Loss is not Life Loss' project with a focus on achievement of outputs, outcomes and client satisfaction.
Increasing housing supply: Research to support Lloyds Banking Group’s Housing Commission
This project provided evidence to support the Housing Commission in exploring what works to increase housing supply. It looked at a range of policy measures such as New Towns, bringing empty homes back into use, self build and custom build, the role of taxation in promoting housing supply and affordability, different models of delivering affordable housing and ways of increasing overall housing production. It started with a policy and practice overview and produced an Interim Report in time to encourage discussion and debate at the party political conferences. It included consideration of regional and devolved government and concluded with recommendations.
Performance bonds for highways and water supplies for new housing developments
The NHBC, together with the NHBC Foundation, commissioned this research project to investigate the circumstances and consequences of performance bonds required by highways authorities and water supply companies for housing developments. The NHBC estimates that it is the provider of 80% of the outstanding bonds in the sector.
Promoting policy change to boost the supply of affordable housing
The project sought to influence (a) public policy on affordable housing supply policy instruments and (b) public understanding of policy measures that would increase the supply of affordable housing through the production of a short film, a policy workshop, and engagement with politicians and the general public.

All Publications and Presentations

Complete list of publications and presentations, with the most recent at the top.
Towards a co-creative Stakeholder engagement framework for Smart City projects
Richmond Ehwi gave a peer presentation to Department of Land Economy colleagues on 3 December 2020.
Can smart homes meet the needs of our ageing population? The challenges of implementation
Gemma Burgess, who sits on the TAPPI panel, gave a presentation as part of the Housing LIN Summit 2020 session on mainstreaming accessible housing on 11 December 2020.
How does the provision of advanced, predictive telecare and smart home technology for older people affect its outcomes?
Our report looks at the provision of advanced, predictive telecare and smart home technology for older people.
The Digital Divide: what does the research tell us?
Gemma Burgess presented some of CCHPR's research findings as part of the Cambridge Digital Partnership's online conference on 19 October 2020.
Small-scale modular housing could provide a lifeline for people experiencing homelessness
CCHPR researchers have teamed up with colleagues at the Max Planck Cambridge Centre for Ethics Economy and Social Change in this article for The Conversation.
New Horizons: Long term impact of coaching & the wider context of structural poverty
Hannah Holmes and Gemma Burgess 's report for New Horizons looks at the longer term impact of the project.
Urban informality in the Global North: (il)legal status and housing strategies of Ghanaian migrants in New York City
A journal paper co-authored by Sabina Maslova and Gemma Burgess has been published online by the International Journal of Housing Policy.
Beyond the pandemic: tackle the digital divide
The crisis is forcing us all to change direction, to rethink what we do and how we do it. In this series, the University of Cambridge asks the question: beyond the pandemic, where should we go from here?
Flourishing Systems
The Cambridge Centre for Digital Built Britain have published a white paper: 'Flourishing systems: re-envisioning infrastructure as a platform for human flourishing'.
Unpicking the downsizing discourse
A paper by Gemma Burgess and Valentine Quinio has been published online by the journal Housing Studies. Unpicking the downsizing discourse: understanding the housing moves made by older people in England discusses the nuances of the resiidential moves made by over 55s in England.
Community Exchange and Time Currencies: A systematic and in-depth thematic review of impact on public health outcomes
A paper by Caroline Lee, Gemma Burgess, Isla Kuhn, Andy Cowan and Louise Lafortune has been published in the journal Public Health.
ARCOM Conference Paper : OSM & Construction Industry Transformation
The paper 'Offsite manufacturing and construction industry transformation: a multi-level socio-technical transitions perspective' has been published in the Proceedings of the 36th Annual ARCOM Conference.
Tackling the housing crisis through digital technologies and OSM
Our policy paper for the Bennett Institute of Public Policy at the University of Cambridge forms part of the series 'An Industrial Strategy for Tomorrow'.
Virtuous or vicious circles?
A paper co-authored by Gemma Burgess was published by Geoforum in November 2019: Virtuous or vicious circles? Exploring the behavioural connections between developer contributions and path dependence: Evidence from England.
Working together to respond to poverty in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough
The New Horizons Conference was held on 21 November, 2019 at the Storey Centre, Eddington, Cambridge.
Offsite construction: is it the answer to the housing crisis?
Dr Gemma Burgess presented at the National Housing Federation's Asset Management and Maintenance Conference on 23 October 2019.
Is co-living a housing solution for vulnerable older people?
Our final report for the Nationwide Foundation and the Nationwide Building Society was published in 2019. A summary report is also available.
Exploring CSaP's impact
Our report for the Centre for Science and Policy explores the impact and acheivements of the Policy Fellowship programme.
Households of the Future: will sharing our home become the new norm?
CCHPR researchers and special guests were joined by members of the public for a lively debate on cohousing, multigenerational living and life as a digital nomad at Queens' College, Cambridge on Tuesday 15 October.
The Increase in Multigenerational Households in the UK
The Increase in Multigenerational Households in the UK: The Motivations for and Experiences of Multigenerational Living by Gemma Burgess and Kathryn Muir has been published online in Housing, Theory and Society.
Creating positive economic communities (draft report)
A draft version of our report for Local Trust is available.
Tackling digital, financial and employment exclusion
This final report for the Evaluation of the New Horizons programme provides evidence about the impact of personalised coaching for people facing financial, digital and workplace exclusion.
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 .
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 .
ITV News Anglia report on New Horizons
ITV News Anglia reporter Elodie Harper reported on the impact of the New Horizons project at the end of May 2019.
Reciprocity in the co-production of public services
Gemma Burgess and Daniel Durrant's paper has been published in Social Policy and Society.
BIM in the UK house building industry
Dr Gemma Burgess gave a presentation to the BIM4Housing group on the opportunities for and barriers to adoption of BIM in the UK house building industry.
Co-living for vulnerable older people: Stakeholder views
The second phase of CCHPR's project for The Nationwide Foundation and the Nationwide Building Society comprised a series of interviews with stakeholders in order to better understand co-living models of housing for older people.
Is co-living a good choice to support healthy, happy ageing at home?
Our booklet, 'Is co-living a good choice to support healthy, happy ageing at home?', provides information about co-living and the different forms it can take. It sets out the benefits that co-living brings, and sets out the risks associated with co-living. The booklet includes useful signposting for those interested in finding out more about co-living.
Co-living for vulnerable older people: Literature review
The initial phase for this project for The Nationwide Foundation and the Nationwide Building Society was a desk-based review of existing evidence about the benefits and risks of older peoples’ co-living. The review considers the relevant institutional, legal and financial frameworks that impact upon older peoples’ co-living.

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Call for papers!

Jan 12, 2021

Houses of Cards? The Rules and Institutions of Housing Illegality in Western Countries

Progress in Planning publish paper by Sonia Alves

Jan 05, 2021

The paper, Divergence in planning for affordable housing: A comparative analysis of England and Portugal, was published online, in December 2020, by Progress in Planning,

Four futures, one choice

Dec 14, 2020

Richmond Ehwi contributed to the CDBB's e-book, 'Four Futures, One Choice', which challenges its readers to think choose practices and lifestyles that use resources and data wisely.

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