The benefits of cohousing
Attached below is a briefing paper prepared by Network director Maria Brenton on the available evidence of the benefits of cohousing- with a focus on senior cohousing
Cohousing Research Network
In partnership with a number of universities, the Cohousing Network is actively scoping how to resource and initiate priority research projects. Foremost is the need for a longitudinal study on the benefits of cohousing in comparison with other living arrangements to provide robust evidence that cohousing reduces loneliness and isolation, is a more cost efficient way to live, reduces carbon footprint and can lead to increased participation from resident in local civic society. A primary purpose of the current two year ESRC Research Seminar Series on 'Collaborative Housing and Community Resilience' (see below) is to take an in depth look at six thematic areas and to evaluate existing evidence and hopefully encourage new research to emerge to bridge the gaps.
The Cohousing Network has assembled two free downloads; the Cohousing Research Directory and Bibliography of research. Please do use these resources before contacting the Network team for generic research support.
Contacting Cohousing Communities
Please be mindful that cohousing communities receive a vast amount of communication asking if they will take part in research projects. Our advice is to be clear on the objective of the research and exactly what is being asked of the community in question in respect of experience, time and capacity.