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UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence (CaCHE)

The UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence (CaCHE) is a consortium of 13 partners led by the University of Glasgow.

The centre is a multidisciplinary partnership between academia, housing policy and practice. Over the course of the five-year programme (2017-2022), CaCHE researchers will produce evidence and new research which will contribute to tackling the UK’s housing problems at a national, devolved, regional, and local level.

The Centre focuses on seven key areas:

  • the impact of housing on the economy
  • understanding housing markets
  • housing choice; housing poverty
  • neighbourhood design
  • the impact on housing as a result of multi-level governance
  • homelessness.

CaCHE is configured as a ‘hub and spoke’ model, active in all parts of the UK, with a genuine commitment to the co-creation of knowledge and research priorities. Regional knowledge exchange hubs have been established, which bring together key stakeholders from across the housing sector to determine what the centre’s research priorities should be.

Wales Hub

The Wales Hub is led by Dr Peter Mackie and Dr Bob Smith and consists of around 25 key stakeholders from across the housing sector. The primary role of the hub is to identify research priorities and also to organise meetings and events, playing a key role in supporting knowledge exchange and dissemination of wider CaCHE activities across the UK.

Consortium members

The main consortium members are:

  • University of Glasgow
  • University of Sheffield
  • University of Bristol
  • Cardiff University
  • Ulster University
  • University of Reading
  • Sheffield Hallam University
  • University of St Andrews
  • Heriot-Watt University
  • National Institute of Social and Economic Research
  • Chartered Institute of Housing
  • Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors
  • Royal Town Planning Institute.

The consortium has a lengthy list of institutional and individual collaborators at regional and national level and our activity will be supported in kind and direct contributions from additional partners including:

  • Crisis
  • The Wheatley Group
  • NatCen
  • Shelter
  • Rightmove.

There are also specific project plans with four complementary Economic and Social Research Council investments: Urban Big Data Centre, What Works Scotland, Public Policy Institute for Wales, and the ADRC Scotland, and will seek to collaborate with others including the What Works Centre for Wellbeing.

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The project team

Academic staff

Dr Peter Mackie

Professor Peter Mackie

Personal Chair, Director of Impact and Engagement

Dr Scott Orford

Professor Scott Orford

Professor in Spatial Analysis and GIS

Dr Bob Smith

Honorary Senior Research Fellow


This research was made possible through the support of the following organisations: