What Works Scotland co-director Ken Gibb, is setting up a new UK-wide collaborative research centre focused on using evidence to influence future housing policy.

Professor Gibb will be the Principal Investigator and Director of CaCHE – the new UK-wide Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence. CaCHE is a consortium of nine universities and four non-academic professional bodies led by the University of Glasgow. Its research programme will advance knowledge of the UK’s housing system and housing market, provide robust evidence to inform housing policy and practice, and will join together a comprehensive range of stakeholders with the goal of tackling housing problems at a national, devolved, regional, and local level.

Ken Gibb, Professor of Housing Economics at the University of Glasgow, said: “In the UK, housing is one of the main policy challenges facing national and devolved governments. This major new programme will allow policy makers and practitioners across the UK to benefit from the best possible evidence to help them take the robust action needed to tackle chronic housing problems.

“The aim is to use multi-disciplinary expertise to provide relevant and rigorous housing evidence and research to influence and ultimately alter housing policy for the benefit of all”.

“I am delighted that the University of Glasgow and our partners will be taking the lead on this incredibly important subject. The serious and complex problems of the housing system are too important to ignore. This is why I’m looking forward to this major new initiative making a serious contribution to tackling one of the most pressing policy problems in the UK today.”‌

CaCHE will receive £6m funding and a further £1.5m institutional contribution from consortium partners. The bulk of the funding will come from the UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), with support from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and AHRC (Arts and Humanities Research Council).


CaCHE has two Glasgow-based vacancies:

  • Business Manager
  • Communications and Engagement Officer

Closing date is 24 May 2017

Two PhD studentships are available, looking at:

  • Predictive Analytics, Improved Outcomes & Housing Policy & Practice
  • Why Does Deprivation Endure? Biographies of Persistent Enclaves and their Residents PhD Scholarship

Closing date is 9 June 2017

Find out more, and apply on the University of Glasgow website