Institute for Housing, Urban & Real Estate Research
Head of Institute:
Professor Glen Bramley
The Institute for Housing, Urban and Real Estate Research (IHURER) is among the UK’s top social and urban policy research centres with 25 per cent of its research outputs classed as ‘world leading’ in the UK Government’s 2008 Research Assessment Exercise. Led by Professor Glen Bramley the Institute also includes internationally renowned professors: Suzanne Fitzpatrick, Colin Jones, Hal Pawson, Chris Leishman and Mark Stephens.
IHURER members have a robust track record of externally funded research, including research council and charitable funding as well as commissions from a wide range of government departments and agencies throughout the UK and beyond. Strong scholarship credentials are evident in the Institute's publication record. Between 2005 and 2010, the Institute produced 9 research-based books and nearly 60 refereed journal articles.
News & Events
Report: Better measures of local incomes and poverty in Scotland [item added 9 April 2013]
Poverty and Social Exclusion Research broadcast on ITV at 7.30pm on Thursday, March 28th [item added 27 March 2013]
New IHURER Research and Policy blog: IHURER researchers share their findings and ideas [item added 30 January 2013]
Homelessness among young people: IHURER Professor contributes evidence to Scottish Parliament Committee [item added 10 October 2012]
Radical tax reform and political courage needed to fix broken housing market, says new JRF report [item added 11 September 2012]
Interim Evaluation of Turning Point Scotland's Housing First project is published [item added 11 September 2012]
Report on equalities and place-based policy published [item added 03 September 2012]
IHURER experts feature in key housing publications [item added 21 July 2012]
ERES Conference success [item added 21 July 2012]
ESRC Collaborative Studentship advertised (closing date 27 July 2012) [item added 03 July 2012]
Professor Colin Jones & Dr Neil Dunse publish new book on the housing economy [item added 22 June 2012]
IHURER appointed to develop profile of severe and multiple disadvantage in UK [item added 18 June 2012]
Professor Suzanne Fitzpatrick returns from Australian tour [item added 18 May 2012]
Multiple Exclusion Homelessness in the UK: research results published [item added 28 Feb 2012]
Professor Suzanne Fitzpatrick tours Britain with US academic, Professor Dennis Culhane [item added 05 Feb 2012]
Research heralds new era in resident empowerment [item added 02 February 2012]
Research report Serving Deprived Communities in a Recession is published by JRF. [item added 30 January 2012]
The Institute for Housing, Urban and Real Estate Research was set up in 2011, bringing together existing research groups within Heriot-Watt University’s School of the Built Environment (SBE), namely:
- Centre for Research into Socially Inclusive Services
- Housing and Urban Society
- Property Economics and Investment.
The new group includes Professor Suzanne Fitzpatrick and Dr Sarah Johnsen, following their move to Heriot-Watt from the University of York in July 2010, and Professors Mark Stephens and Chris Leishman who both moved to IHURER in 2012.
The former SBE research groups were included within Heriot-Watt University’s submission to the Town and Country Planning Panel in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise. The result was that 25% of the group’s research outputs within the relevant period were judged ‘world leading’, with another 30% ‘internationally excellent’.