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Evidence Centre for UK Housing

The Art and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) is collaborating with the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) to commission an independent, multidisciplinary evidence centre for UK housing.

The AHRC is looking to encourage Art and Humanities researchers to consider involvement in bids for the call for collaborative applications.

The funders are looking for the Centre to focus on connectivity, accessibility and integration of evidence, and joining up different stakeholders and sectors to provide recommendations for housing policy and practice. It will be tasked with synthesising existing research, bringing together survey data, and developing a pipeline of evidence on housing, conducting and facilitating new research in areas where knowledge gaps are identified. Further details of the call are available on the ESRC Website

Six themes have been identified:

  • Housing and the economy
  • Understanding housing markets: demand and need, supply and delivery
  • Housing aspirations, choices and outcomes
  • Housing, poverty, health, education and employment
  • Housing and neighbourhood design, sustainability and place-making
  • Housing and multi-level governance

Arts and humanities researchers will have specialist knowledge to contribute to all six themes but perhaps most specifically to the ones relating to Aspirations, Neighbourhood Design and Governance.

Funders are contributing up to £6.1 million over a five year period.