Housing policy, law and rights

I-SPHERE’s housing policy analysis has a strong focus on the social and affordable housing sectors, and more generally the position of the very most disadvantaged within the overall housing system. There is a pronounced socio-legal strand within I-SPHERE research on housing, including a major five-year  programme of research focusing on security of tenure amongst social tenants, and numerous projects on the homelessness legislation across all four UK countries. I-SPHERE also specialises in philosophically-informed analysis of “rights-based” and other underpinning normative frameworks in the housing, homelessness and welfare fields.

The table provides a summary of key recent research projects in this field.  For publications see our Publications section.

TitleAboutDatesFunderLead researcher
Ideal Homelessness System Using the learning from all three statutory homelessness systems in Great Britain, and that gained from international comparisons this work sets out the key principles of an ideal statutory homelessness system.
The work was commissioned by Crisis and informs their Plan to End Homelessness.
Further information
2018CrisisSuzanne Fitzpatrick
Evidence Centre on UK Housing Heriot Watt University is a partner in the UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence (CaCHE). The centre, a consortium of academic and sector leaders was established in 2017 to provide a leading voice in the UK on housing policy and
practice. The Centre draws together an expert, multi-disciplinary, multi-sector team to share learning from regions and countries and establish more effective mechanisms for exchanging evidence and learning across devolved jurisdictions. The centre aims include to lead comprehensive research and foster innovation.
Further information
2017-2022EHRCSuzanne Fitzpatrick