Tuesday, 30 June 2009


New Reports from CLG on Community Empowerment include:




Dr Isobel Anderson and Dr Douglas Robertson from the Housing Policy and Practice Unit at the University of Stirling have become the University's first professors in Housing.

Professor Anderson's research has focused on homelessness policies throughout Europe, whilst Professor Robertson's work has focused on housing renewal, and more recently class identity and housing neighbourhoods.


Paddy Gray, from the University of Ulster has been elected Vice President of the Chartered Institute of Housing at the organisation’s annual general meeting in Harrogate this week. Paddy, a senior lecturer in housing, is the first person from Northern Ireland to be elected to the position.

The Chartered Institute of Housing, the professional body for people involved in housing and communities has over 22,000 members working in over 20 countries across the world.

Director Grainia Long, said: “Paddy’s election as CIH Vice President takes place at a critical time for housing in Northern Ireland. His tenure as Vice President in 2009-2010 will see him lead the organisation’s work through the current recession. With many challenges facing the sector from housing benefit reform to making best use of our housing asset base, Paddy’s expertise will contribute to setting a long-term vision for housing, and for a sustainable future”.

Friday, 5 June 2009


Bramley, G. & Watkins, D. (2008) Public Service Costs of Child Poverty, Joseph Rowntree Foundation: York http://www.jrf.org.uk/publications/public-service-costs-child-poverty

Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh University & ECA School of Architecture (2008) Design at the Heart of House-Building, Scottish Government Social Research http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2007/11/08110758/0

Levin, E. and Pryce, G. (2009) A regional house price model of excess demand for housing, RICS Research Report May 2009, ISBN: 978-1-84219-510-9

Pawson, H. & Sosenko, F. (2008) Sector Restructuring; Housing Corporation Sector Study 61; http://www.housingcorp.gov.uk/server/show/nav.001010001005

Pawson, H. & Watkins, D. (2008) Analysing Key Trends in the Supply and Distribution of Social Housing Lettings; Housing Corporation Sector Study 62 http://www.housingcorp.gov.uk/server/show/nav.001010001005

Pryce, G. (2009) Responding to the Impending Repossessions Crisis, Housing Analysis and Surveys Expert Panel Papers, 7, Communities and Local Government.



Tackling Antisocial Behaviour: An Evaluation of Intensive Family Support Projects in Scotland

The report of a major research project led by Heriot-Watt University has just been published by the Scottish Government: http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Resource/Doc/272803/0081442.pdf

The research, managed by Professor Hal Pawson and undertaken in partnership with Sheffield Hallam University, evaluated five ‘intensive family support projects’ established in various parts of Scotland. These schemes provide intensive help for ‘disruptive families’ at risk of eviction for anti-social behaviour. Their over-riding aim is to help prevent family breakup and/or homelessness which could result unless family problems are tackled and misconduct is consequently eliminated. The projects are at the cutting edge of Government policies to tackle antisocial behaviour and exemplify an official approach increasingly encompassing supportive as opposed to punitive responses.

The Impacts of Second Generation Stock Transfers in Urban Britain

After two decades of stock transfers council housing is a thing of the past in half of England’s local authorities. In England, a large proportion of post-1997 transfers have involved urban areas mainly in the Midlands and the North. In many of these localities newly-created housing associations have faced major challenges to address run-down estates, concentrated deprivation and sometimes a troubled history of community relations. In Scotland and Wales, local authority transfers only really began in 2003. However, in a number of the areas subsequently involved (e.g. Glasgow, Inverclyde), transfer housing associations have also taken on a highly problematic inheritance.

JRF-funded research on post-1997 ‘second generation’ stock transfers has recently been published at: http://www.jrf.org.uk/publications/impacts-housing-stock-transfers-urban-britain The study, undertaken by Heriot-Watt University and Cardiff University focused mainly on ten case study transfers in England, Wales and Scotland. A major focus of the research was the controversial Glasgow stock transfer and the team’s case study report assessing Glasgow Housing Association’s first five years is also available at: http://www.sbe.hw.ac.uk/news%20images/GHA%20case%20study.pdf