This theme is concerned with housing and residential environments: where people choose to live, the housing they can access, and the qualities of their neighbourhoods.

One project will build on existing work in the private rental sector, continuing the work with SPICe and CaCHE exploring the re-growth of private renting and the impacts of recent regulatory changes in Scotland in particular. Another strand will examine wider impacts on neighbourhood amenity and activity from investment in local transport infrastructure and related streetscaping works. As the centre moves forward it is expected that other strands of work will also be developed to exploit new sources of big data.

Theme Lead

Dr Mark Livingston

Learn more about our work on Housing & Neighbourhoods by exploring the research projects below.

Re-growth of private renting

The re-growth of private renting is the most significant change to the UK housing system in the last 20 years....

Impacts of improved public realm infrastructure

Governments and local authorities invest millions in public realm projects to make city centres and other shared...

Monitoring and analysing short-term let activities

The increase of the short-term lets market, sparked by the emergence of Airbnb, has led to significant growth in...