The RTPI, supported by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), organised a research seminar on promoting the UK housing research agenda on 6 December 2013. The seminar, which took place at the University of Sheffield, looked at a range of perspectives on the existing (and lacking) evidence base on UK housing issues in order to explore the potential for an inter-disciplinary research agenda for planning and successful ‘place-making’. The seminar was facilitated by Dr Michael Harris, Deputy Head of Policy and Research, RTPI, and was organised around six presentations from a diverse range of speakers:
- Place-making and the housing research agenda (John Flint and Ed Ferrari, University of Sheffield)
- Housing demand and projection data (Neil Macdonald, University of Cambridge)
- Housing and infrastructure (Keith Mitchell, Peter Brett Associates)
- Social and community cohesion (David Robinson, Sheffield Hallam University)
- Health and well-being (David Ormandy, University of Warwick)
- Spatial thinking and welfare reform (Christina Beatty and Ian Cole, Sheffield Hallam University).
These were then followed by a discussion with the audience. A Summary Report has been produced by the RTPI, which reflects on the range of presentations, discussions and interventions that took place that day.
Presentations and the summary report can be accessed from the RTPI’s website.