Established in 1996 the Sustainable Housing and Urban Studies Unit (SHUSU) is a multiple award-winning research and consultancy unit based within the School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences at the University of Salford.
We collaborate extensively with other research teams within the University and with a wide range of public, private and third sector organisations.
Our work navigates through complex issues in the built and human environment and aims to address societal issues, providing an evidence base for effective policy making at the local, regional, UK and European levels.
Our team combines a range of backgrounds including social policy, urban geography, housing management, psychology, sustainability, health, social care and social work. As applied social scientists we offer a wealth of expertise and provide research and consultancy services under three core themes:-
Inclusivity – benefiting communities through work on social inclusion and social justice, focusing on the needs and experiences of diverse communities.
Sustainability – designing, implementing and evaluating innovative ways to promote and facilitate low carbon living, including retrofitting the built environment and making connections with the wider social dimensions of sustainability such as fuel poverty, food access, transport and health.
Place – exploring housing, housing related services and well-being across a range of communities.
Across these three core themes, we have a particular specialist understanding around engaging with marginalised individuals and communities; for example, members of Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) communities (including asylum seekers / refugees, migrant workers, Gypsies, Roma and Travellers); older people; and people with complex needs, including people experiencing financial exclusion, homelessness, mental health issues, and drug and alcohol issues.