University Of Glasgow Urban Studies

University Of Glasgow Urban Studies

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Urban Studies at Glasgow is a world-leading centre for innovative, interdisciplinary urban research with significant impact. In the REF 2014 assessment of research excellence the quality of its research was rated first equal in the UK, with half of all output considered ‘world leading’. It was rated top of all of the social science submissions focused on urban studies, planning and real estate.

Research within Urban Studies spans all aspects of social, economic and physical change in cities, and includes communities, governance, health, housing, inequalities, planning, transport and real estate.

University Of Glasgow Urban Studies


The University of Glasgow is to lead a consortium of nine universities and four non-academic professional bodies in a major new research programme examining the UK’s housing system. The programme will seek to influence future housing policy at all levels.

The new UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence (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).

Professor Ken Gibb, Director of Policy Scotland and Professor of Housing Economics at the University of Glasgow, will be Principal Investigator and Director of CaCHE.

Professor Ken Gibb

He 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.