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Towards closing the housing gap in the UK: exploration of the influencing factors and the way forward

Emmanuel Itodo Daniel (School of Architecture and Built Environment, Faculty of Science and Engineering, University of Wolverhampton, Wolverhampton, UK)
Olalekan Oshodi (School of Engineering and the Built Environment, Anglia Ruskin University, Chemsford, UK)
Daniel Dabara (School of the Built Environment, Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, UK)
Nenpin Dimka (School of Architecture and Built Environment, Faculty of Science and Engineering, University of Wolverhampton, Wolverhampton, UK)

Construction Innovation

ISSN: 1471-4175

Article publication date: 11 January 2023

Issue publication date: 14 June 2024

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Abstract

Purpose

Housing provides constructed space for human activities. Literature indicates that housing impacts wealth, education attainment and health outcomes, among others. Because of its contributions to society, it is essential to develop and implement strategies that address the housing shortage experienced in most cities across the globe. This study aims to unpack the factors affecting housing production in the UK and chart the way forward.

Design/methodology/approach

In addressing this study's aim, an interprivitst approach was adopted and semi-structured interviews were conducted with 18 experienced professionals. Data were collected across the four nations of the UK (England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland).

Findings

The results indicated that the opportunistic behaviour of stakeholders is one of the main factors affecting housing production in the study area. Also, modern construction methods, collaborative practices, government intervention and affordable housing schemes were identified as key strategies for addressing housing production factors.

Practical implications

This study identified strategies for mitigating housing production issues that provide a focal point to all stakeholders keen on filling the housing shortage gap and improving productivity to channel their resources and effort accordingly.

Originality/value

To the best of the authors’ knowledge, this study is one of the first to empirically analyse the influencing factors on the housing gap in the UK from the perspective of the supply side to provide information that could lead towards closing the said gap.

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Acknowledgements

The research which informed this paper was funded by the Lord Paul Fellowship, which was granted to the first author by the University of Wolverhampton. The funding is greatly appreciated.

Citation

Daniel, E.I., Oshodi, O., Dabara, D. and Dimka, N. (2024), "Towards closing the housing gap in the UK: exploration of the influencing factors and the way forward", Construction Innovation, Vol. 24 No. 4, pp. 965-985. https://doi.org/10.1108/CI-06-2022-0148

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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