The Welsh Housing Research Network brings together researchers and research organisations in Wales in the field of housing. Researchers are exploring housing issues via a multitude of disciplines ranging from the social sciences and economics to architecture and health. Moreover, network members are drawn from academia, government, the voluntary sector and the private sector.
This network website serves three primary purposes; it provides information on individual network members; it provides information on research events organised by the network, and it also provides a unique library of research publications examining housing in Wales.
The aim of the Welsh Housing Research Network (HRN) is to bring together researchers and research organisations in Wales in the field of housing in order to advance housing research in Wales.
Achieving our purpose
In order to advance housing research in Wales, the network promotes the interaction of researchers from across disciplines and across sectors. Network members are drawn from academia, government, the voluntary sector and the private sector; specialising in fields as varied as Architecture, Design, Economics, Geography, Health, Housing and Homelessness Policy, Law, Planning, Psychology, and Sociology.
Network members meet twice a year to discuss ongoing and planned research and, as is the usual function of networks, members make use of their links between meetings to develop and undertake collaborative studies about housing in Wales.
The network webpage acts as a central point of reference for housing research about Wales, therefore ensuring that research is easily identifiable and available to those who might act on the findings. Furthermore, the network organises the biennial Welsh Housing Research Conference and a research seminar series is currently being developed in order to actively promote research findings.
Organisation of the network
The network is Chaired by Dr. Peter Mackie, Lecturer in Housing at Cardiff University, with administrative support from the Wales Institute for Social and Economic Research, Data and Methods (WISERD). Network membership is broad and inclusive and any researcher undertaking housing research in Wales is encouraged to contact the Chair regarding network membership.
The Network meets at least twice a year to discuss our research and to develop research ideas. These meetings are open to all network members. Network members with a possible agenda item should notify the Chair of the network (Dr. Peter Mackie) in advance of the meeting date.
Dates of the next network meetings are:
15th June 2016
11th November 2016
The HRN Conference for Wales
The Network organises a triennial housing research conference for Wales. The conference aims to bring together housing research which either focuses on Wales or offers lessons to Welsh policy makers and practitioners. Materials from previous conferences, including research abstracts and conference programmes, can be viewed below.
2016 Wales Housing Research Conference
2013 ‘From Evidence to Action: The Housing Research Conference for Wales’
2010 ‘Foundations for the Future: The Housing Research Conference for Wales’