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Social Housing Research Support Programme Projects

Researcher: Campbell Tickell
Title: Improving empty property management in the Irish social housing sector


This research is exploring the factors which impact on efficient management of empty social housing properties. 

The work involves an analysis of data on voids in both the local authority and Approved Housing Bodies (AHBs) sector and surveys on key stages in the re-let process from receiving an empty property to handing the keys over to a new tenant. 

These and a series of interviews with staff working in the sector will further contribute to the identification of effective and innovative best practice recommendations on empty property management.  

Status: Ongoing, expected completion in Q4 2021
Outputs: Forthcoming


Researcher: Padraic Kenna, NUI Galway; Mark Jordan, University of Southampton; Cecilia Forrestal, CAN
Title: Building effective tenant participation in the management of local authority housing in Ireland


This research is examining how structured tenant participation could be developed in the Irish local authority sector. 

Research has been carried out into policy and practice on tenant participation in other jurisdictions as well as an assessment of the current practice in Ireland. 

A key feature of this research is the carrying out of ‘Dialogue Events’. The events involved a variety of stakeholders; tenants, local representatives and local authority staff exploring both the opportunities and challenges of developing a proposal for tenant participation which is inclusive and innovative.

Status: Completed April 2022