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The Chartered Institute of Housing is the independent voice for housing and the home of professional standards

CIH publishes new book on history of housing in Northern Ireland


"Housing in Northern Ireland", published by CIH, is a new book which documents the history of the housing industry in Northern Ireland, from the 1970s through to the present day.

Though written against a background of several years of devolved government in Northern Ireland, it is not just a book that focuses on housing in an historical sense. Instead, it critically assesses progress in improving housing conditions and proposes a new way of measuring housing affordability. In this regard, it will prove to be a vital resource for anyone involved in forming housing policy for CIH.

Published by CIH and edited by two leading housing policy experts Peter Shanks and David Mullin, the book has been sponsored by the Housing Executive and features a range of diverse contributions from 17 of Northern Ireland’s leading and foremost housing experts, including John Perry from CIH.

Nicola McCrudden, director of CIH Northern Ireland, said "This is a hugely important book which examines every aspect of the Northern Ireland housing sector, from the 1970s right up to today.

"Beginning with a chapter focusing on the storied history of the Housing Executive, the book examines, in exceptional detail, every aspect of Northern Ireland’s incredibly diverse and complex housing market; from social housing policy from 1999-2015, to the private rented sector, from housing market affordability to second homes ownership. No stone is left unturned in what is a definitive guide to housing in Northern Ireland.

"We are delighted to be publishing this book which will be an invaluable resource and are so grateful to all of the many NI housing experts who have contributed so meaningfully to it."

Housing in Northern Ireland was launched today, 29 June 2016 at the European Network for Housing Research (ENHR) 2016 conference and can now be purchased from CIH direct.


For more information please contact Alan Shanley, marketing and communications executive at CIH Northern Ireland on 028 9077 8222 or

1. The Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) is the independent voice for housing and the home of professional standards. Our goal is simple – to provide housing professionals and their organisations with the advice, support and knowledge they need to be brilliant. CIH is a registered charity and not-for-profit organisation. This means that the money we make is put back into the organisation and funds the activities we carry out  to support the housing industry. We have a diverse membership who work in both the public and private sectors, in 20 countries on five continents across the world.

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