EVENT HACT Research Symposium ‘Building Evidence for Impact in Community Investment’

EVENT HACT Research Symposium ‘Building Evidence for Impact in Community Investment’

The Housing Associations’ Charitable Trust (HACT) is holding a free Research Symposium called ‘Building Evidence for Impact in Community Investment’ on 18th July in Salford. Please click here for more information and to sign up.

Investing in local communities

Social landlords across the UK invest millions every year in their communities, whether in helping residents into work and training, improving health and wellbeing, promoting digital inclusion and financial literacy, or running community programmes and spaces. Understanding what works and the impact of these programmes is an area of interest for many academics, both within and outside the housing and regeneration research field.

As part of the new Centre for Excellence in Community Investment, HACT is curating a research symposium to bring together researchers and practitioners to explore how to increase the evidence base, and its impact, in community investment.

The Centre for Excellence in Community Investment

The Centre for Excellence in Community Investment was established by HACT in 2018 to champion and celebrate the importance and impact of community investment across the UK. The Centre will promote and evidence the impact of community investment, as well as creating insights around evidence-based research.

There is a strong appetite amongst social housing professionals to work with academics to collate published evidence, identify and fill any gaps in the evidence base, and to improve the transfer of knowledge from academia to social housing professionals.

The research symposium

To facilitate this process, the Centre for Excellence in Community Investment will be holding its first research symposium. This will be a chance for housing academics, researchers and practitioners to start conversations about the evidence base around community investment. It will inform the Centre’s future research strategy, supporting the research and practitioner community to drive forward impact in the future.

The symposium will be an interactive and engaging day based around discussions and sharing insights, rather than on paper and poster-based presentations. We want to explore opportunities for collaboration, identify and discuss critical research questions, and identify how we can work together on research that has impact on the lives of residents and communities.


Speakers on the day will include:

  • Professor Anne Power – LSE (TBC)
  • Dr Halima Sacranie – University of Birmingham
  • Helen Taylor – Vice Chair of Housing Studies Association
  • Jane Millar – Chair of the Social Sciences REF (Research Excellence Framwork) Panel
  • Sahil Khan, Head of Gateway and Community Services, Catalyst
  • Plus a representative from the Economic and Social Research Council