Planning Research Guide
The Chartered Institute of Housing, in
collaboration with the Housing Studies Association, has
published Looking into Housing – A practical guide to housing
Written by Douglas Robertson of the University of Stirling,
the book promotes collaborative working between researchers and
policy-makers and highlights the challenges and pitfalls of
research in relation to highly political resources.
While aimed primarily at housing policy-makers, managers,
housing officers and students, the book offers valuable
transferable support for planners and regeneration
professionals as well.
As Robertson points out, all development professionals
engage to some degree or other with social research. They face
the danger that if research is badly designed, or poorly
executed, it distorts understanding and disempowers those being
researched for a range of reasons, including the impact it has
His overall objective therefore is promote the development
of research tools that involve and empower service users. The
book aims to help development professionals assess and work
creatively with such tools.
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