Housing & Urban Development

Duncan Maclennan and David Graham[1] 9th October, 2017 Email: Duncan.Maclennan@Glasgow.ac.uk Pressured Markets and Policy Measures: Canadian Responses. Shaping Futures: Canada in Context The University of Glasgow has recently led a major cross-national collaboration, Shaping Futures, that explored emerging issues in housing policy. The project involved the Universities of Glasgow, Toronto […]


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  This paper sets out the issues that researchers and policymakers will be confronted with when considering the parallels and possible links between the inclusive growth agenda and the deal-based decentralisation agenda (to sub-national entities). David Waite – David.Waite@glasgow.ac.uk Alan McGregor – Alan.McGregor@glasgow.ac.uk Des McNulty – Des.McNulty@glasgow.ac.uk The authors of […]

Issues Paper on City Deals and Inclusive Growth

In the wake of the news that the University of Glasgow is set to lead a major new UK-wide evidence centre on housing (CaCHE), Policy Scotland and the University’s Urban Studies department are delighted to invite you to an expert-led seminar on the private rented sector. Coming in the midst […]

Expert-led seminar to examine private rented sector

Ken Gibb is the Director of Policy Scotland & a Professor in Housing Economics at the University of Glasgow.  Showing their undoubted media abilities, Shelter today launched a new study describing a model of a living home standard (LHS). The standard is based on 39 attributes of essential and more ‘tradable’ […]

Gimme (a ‘standard’) Shelter

From Cities Policies to City Policy: innovative pathways to Urban Transformation Date: 8th June 2016, 12.15 -5.00pm, Venue: Zone B, The Tontine Building, 20 Trongate, Glasgow Spaces are limited so please register your interest using Eventbrite. The last five years have witnessed substantial shifts in policy approaches to cities across […]

June 8th – Policy Scotland – ESRC – Urban Transformations

Professor David Adams University of Glasgow   Eight months ago, Policy Scotland published six briefing papers on Urban Land Reform. A seventh followed shortly afterwards in response to the Scottish Government consultation on these issues. What’s has happened since? Well, there’s been significant public discussion, parliamentary debate and now proposals […]


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There is much excellent financial and economic journalism but there are some fields of inquiry that often come up short. Analysis of that British obsession, the housing market, is, sadly, one high-profile casualty. A recent piece in the Telegraph was a case in point. The headline declared “UK house prices […]

Journalism by hype: the anatomy of a house price crisis ...

The talks from ‘Shaping Futures: Housing Policies for the 21st Century’ seminar on 8 December 2015 with Duncan MacLennan and Michael Lennon are now available to view online. You can watch the lectures below and download the presentations. Shaping Future Housing Policy: A New Political Economy’  By Professor Duncan MacLennan, […]

Shaping Futures: Housing Policies for the 21st Century

For the last few months Policy Scotland has been involved in the evidencing process associated with the Commission on Local Tax reform. We have also contributed to the Scottish Property Tax Reform Network who have a briefing  paper arguing the case for more effective property taxes at the heart of local […]

Commission on Local Tax reform

biketrouble/Flickr CC BY-NC-SA   Kenneth Gibb, Policy Scotland, University of Glasgow When the council tax was first introduced in 1993, it was viewed as a politically clever fix after the catastrophe of the poll tax. It combined the palatable parts of a tax on property with personal discounts and limited exemptions for […]

Council tax reform is long overdue – so how do ...

URBAN LAND REFORM IN SCOTLAND – updated 03/11 – new Briefing Paper: response to Scottish Government Report to Sounding Board In May 2014, the Land Reform Review Group submitted its final report to the Scottish Government. The First Minister announced in November 2014 that the Government would consequently bring forward […]

Urban Land Reform

By Professor Ken Gibb, University of Glasgow Earlier today I was part of a report launch jamboree in Edinburgh. This was the official presentation of the Commission on Housing and Wellbeing: A Blueprint for Scotland’s Future. This has been a two year programme of work supported by, but independent of, […]

Housing and Wellbeing – blueprints and more

Yesterday the final report from the Commission on Housing and Wellbeing that Shelter Scotland set up back in 2013 was launched. Chaired by the former Auditor General, Robert Black the Commission was established to look at the ways in which housing can and does impact on the wider wellbeing of […]

Commission on Housing and Wellbeing

  You can view footage below from the Policy Reunion Event held on 24 March 2015 on community planning partnerships. At this event Policy Scotland Director, Ken Gibb, chaired a panel  focused on the emergence and evolution of Community Planning Partnerships (CPPs), a cornerstone of Public Service Reforms in Scotland. […]

Video: Policy Reunion – community planning partnerships

Policy Scotland is proud to share ‘This Place Matters’ with you. This Place Matters is a collaborative learning project for communities and local authorities developed by the University of Glasgow and Architecture + Design Scotland. You can find out  more  about them by clicking here:  http://www.thisplacematters.org.uk/  

Introducing ‘This Place Matters’

by Josef Konvitz Honorary Professor, University of Glasgow; Visiting Professor, Cities Group, Geography, King’s London; Former Head, Urban Affairs, Regulatory Policy Divisions, OECD, Paris The prospect of a recovery gives the false impression that we can go back to 2008 as if the last six years had not happened.  But something dramatic […]

Cities and new sources of growth

By Prof. Ken Gibb, Policy Scotland, University of Glasgow The social housing sector in Scotland confronts a wide array of external and internal risks, as well as the need to respond to and work with multiple stakeholders like their tenants, government, the regulator and lenders. Providers operate risk-based management practices […]

We are all risk managers: developing resilience in social housing

Scottish social housing faces multiple new risks and uncertainty but is focused on increasing its resilience, according to a new study. A report by the University of Glasgow’s Policy Scotland, in partnership with the Wheatley Group, found that non-market housing, primarily housing associations and council providers, are a bulwark against […]

Scottish Risk and Resilience Study of Housing Organisations asks: ‘What ...

By Prof. Ken Gibb, Policy Scotland, University of Glasgow I read Will Self’s thought-provoking piece on housing in the FT at the weekend (A rentier nation’s fading dreams of home). Home ownership has peaked and is now at a 25 year low; while, at the same time, this has been […]

The return of the rentier?

By Prof. Ken Gibb,  Policy Scotland, University of Glasgow A recurring theme in housing supply debates around the UK in recent times has been the need to shift the preponderance of new housing supply from the large volume house builders towards small and medium-sized builders. This was one of the […]

Helping the SME builder through Help to Buy