With a headline like this published in The Telegraph today (view full article here), it is timely for me to announce that the first event from the project will take place on 31st January 2014. This will focus on the survey findings and an analysis of the interview material from the first stage of the project (conducted with industry provisionals and other stakeholders). The event, entitled Creating a nation of self builders?, will present an analysis that demonstrates the current state of the sector and also efforts to construct a custom build market. If you are interested in attending please sign up here. More information will follow shortly.
As I revealed in the previous post, over the summer the project has been somewhat delayed while I have moved from the University of York to Goldsmiths (University of London). The logistical and practical issues involved with moving a research grant from one institution to another no seem to be mostly resolved (fingers crossed!) and I am getting back on track with the project.
The survey finally closed in July, having been open since mid-February. The extension of the survey was necessary to gather as much data as possible. The data has now been anonymised and I will be starting the analysis in the next couple of weeks. Alongside the survey, I have been conducting interviews with industry professionals, local and national government stakeholders and self-build practitioners. Among other things, these interviews tell a very clear story about the active efforts to develop the self-build sector in the UK.
Over the next couple of months, I will be analysing both the survey data and these interviews, and will report on initial findings from these stages in the research in January (2014). The findings will be made available as an interim research report, and will be summarised here. I will also be organising a dissemination event for industry professionals, local and national government stakeholders, and selfbuild practitioners. The date for this will be announced shortly.
This is just a quick post to draw your attention to one of the reasons why the blog has been quiet for a while. I have just moved institutions from the University of York to Goldsmiths, where I have taken up a post as Senior Lecturer in Sociology. This has required quite a few unanticipated logistical and practical tasks that have held up the progress of the project a little, hence the silence at my end. I hope that now I, and the project, have settled into Goldsmiths, that I will be able to post my progress to the blog more regularly. From now on, the project website is available here. My email address is now email@example.com.
Over the coming months, I will be analysing the survey data and finishing off my interviews with industry professionals and other stakeholders. This means that the initial findings of these early stages in the project will be available early in the new year (I am just in the process of organising a date for a dissemination event). So all I can say at this stage is, watch this space!