The Big Society, Localism & Housing Policy

ESRC funded Seminar Series, 2013-14

Useful Links



Policy and Politics

  • Respublica (UK Think Tank funded by Phillip Blond in 2009 – influential in development of Big Society agenda)
  • Localism Act (England) (received royal asset in Nov 2011, seeks to devolve more power to councils & neighourhoods)
  • The Big Welsh Society (short article taken from National Assembly for Wales’ Research Service Publication)



Voluntary and Community Sector Organisations (and their support organisations)

  • Locality (UK network for community-led organisations)





  • Big Lottery (supporting the development of the Community Assets programme, on behalf of government)
  • Big Society Capital (independent financial institution regulated by the FSA that supports sustainable social investment in the UK)




  • Future Communities (website by the Young Foundation highlighting community ownership & management of assets)
  • Localism (CIH) (summary of Chartered Institute of Housing’s position on the Localism Act)



Research Reports and Think Pieces (available open-access)


Moore, T. and Mullins, D. (2013) Scaling-up or going-viral? Comparing self-help housing and community land trust facilitation. (working paper 94). Birmingham: TSRC.


Respublica (2012) Acting on Localism: the role of housing associations in driving a community agenda.  Respublica.


Alcock, P. (2012) The Big Society: a new policy environment for the third sector? (working paper 82). Birmingham: TSRC.


McKee, K. (2012) Housing Associations & the Big Society: lessons from Scotland’s community housing sector.  St Andrews: University of St Andrews.


DTAS (2012) Community Ownership in Scotland: a baseline study.  DTAS’ Community Ownership Support Service.


Wells, P. (2011) (eds) Prospects for the Big Society: a Special Issue of People, Place and Policy Online.


Handy, C. and Gulliver, K. (2010) Mutualism Rising? Housing’s Vital Role in the ‘Big Society’ (Think Pieces, No 65).  Compass.


McKee, K. (2010) The Future of Community Housing in Scotland: some thoughts and reflections, People Place and Policy Online 4 (3): 103-110.


Murtagh, B. (2012) Community Asset Transfer in Northern Ireland.  York: Joseph Rowntree Foundation.


Rowlands, R. (2009) Forging Mutual Futures: co-operative and mutual housing in practice: history and potential.  Birmingham: Commission on Co-operative & Mutual Housing.


Aiken, M. et al (2008) Community Ownership and Management of Assets.  York: Joseph Rowntree Foundation.


Rodgers, D. (1999) New Mutualism: the Third Estate (with foreword by Hilary Armstrong MP).  London: the Co-operative Party.