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Complete list of latest projects (started within the past year), with the most recent at the top.
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 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.
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, 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.

Living on the edge

Gemma Burgess and Lynne McAulay talk about the evaluation of the New Horizons project

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Households of the Future. Bookings now open for our Cambridge Festival of Ideas event of 15 October

Sep 23, 2019

Households of the future: will sharing our home become the new norm? Tuesday 15 October 6.00pm - 7.45pm

Journal article published in Housing, Theory and Society

Aug 27, 2019

Gemma Burgess and Kathryn Muir's paper, The Increase in Multigenerational Households in the UK: The Motivations for and Experiences of Multigenerational Living, has been published online in Housing, Theory and Society.

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