Cambridge Centre for Housing and Planning Research (CCHPR)


The Cambridge Centre for Housing and Planning Research (CCHPR) is a University of Cambridge Research Centre. Led by Director Dr Gemma Burgess, CCHPR’s team of researchers are dedicated to carrying out innovative research that is relevant for policy and practice, and to providing an evidence base for making positive change with a view to reducing inequality, and improving housing supply and affordability.

Housing sits at the heart of many wider social issues, and our research is currently focused on four broad and interconnected areas:

  • Housing supply and affordability, the planning system, planning obligations, housebuilding
  • Housing for an ageing population
  • Housing tenure, homelessness, alternative housing models
  • Digital innovation, digital inclusion, smart cities, offsite construction, modular housing

With over 30 years’ experience in policy-relevant research, CCHPR has an international reputation for providing evidence and analysis to better support policy and practice on all issues affecting housing, planning and land use. CCHPR is part of the Department of Land Economy, University of Cambridge, and was established in 1990 as the Property Research Unit.

Since its inception, CCHPR has worked collaboratively with a diverse range of funders and sponsors, ranging from national research bodies such as UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) through to national and local organisations, including: MHCLG and its forerunners, the Welsh Government, NHBC Foundation, Homes England, Places for People and CHS Group.

Office Address
Cambridge Centre for Housing and Planning Research
Department of Land Economy
University of Cambridge
19 Silver Street

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