We need sustainable neighbourhoods as well as affordable housing

James MorganJames Morgan, Lecturer and Director of Studies at IHURER, applauds efficiency in the building of affordable homes but cautions that there’s also a place for local control and a need for sustainable neighbourhoods


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Housing study through Chinese eyes

Fei Zheng is not only a part-time student in the MSc Housing and Real Estate programme; she is also working in a Housing Association as a trainee housing officer.  This gave her the opportunity to learn more about social housing, both as a practitioner and as an academic. I am originally from Beijing and my […]


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Making an impact with a PhD in planning

Judith Montford is doing PhD research at IHURER into the relationship between different residential layout/patterns and mental wellbeing. Here she describes how she became interested in the way our natural and built environment influences our lives. A question anyone who wishes to a PhD should ask themselves is ‘why they want to do it’. A […]


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Lifelong learning from the East

Mark Stephens, Professor of Public Policy at IHURER, describes how he first became interested in the post-communist transformation of housing systems in Central and Eastern Europe. Growing up during the cold war, “Eastern Europe,” as it was then known, was something of a mystery. In an era when travel was far less affordable than it […]


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Deciding to do a PhD

IHURER PhD student Kathryn Gilchrist is currently writing up her PhD, which focuses on how access to greenspace and nature in the work place affects people’s health and wellbeing. Her research was funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).  In this post, she describes what it is like to do a PhD at […]


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