Publications and reports

UK Cohousing Network reports


Community coaching: building skills for better homes and places in underserved neighbourhoods


Housing Associations and Cohousing; How to create inclusive, affordable, collaborative neighbourhoods for older people.

Publications in our library

The following publications are the main pieces of literature on Cohousing. Many of them are available to UKCN members to borrow. If you would like to borrow from our library or have publication added to this list please contact

  • Bunker, S, Coates, C, Field, M, How, J (2011)  Cohousing in Britain – Diggers & Dreamers
  • Chatterton, P (2015) Low Impact Living
  • Durrett, Charles (2009) The Senior Cohousing Handbook – 2nd Edition
  • Field, Martin (2004)  Thinking about Cohousing
  • Kim, Grace H (2006) Schemata Workshop, Designing the Common House
  • Krokfors, Karin (2012) Cohousing in the Making – Built Environment Vol 38, No.3
  • McCamant, M & Durrett, C (2011)  Creating Cohousing
  • Sangregorio, Inga-Lisa (2000)  Collaborative Housing in Sweden
  • Scotthanson, Chris & Kelly (2005) The Cohousing Handbook (revised edition)
  • Vestro, Dick Urban: Living Together (2010) Cohousing Ideas & Realities Around the World
  • Wann, David: Reinventing Community (2010) Stories from the walkways of Cohousing


The following is a list of the research, reports and papers into Cohousing that we are aware of, with the links and documents attached where we have these. If you are aware of additional research or wish your research to be included please contact

We also suggest you look at the following web sites for information:

RIBA report 

Engagement Overlay to the RIBA Plan of Work

January 2024

Collaborative housing and innovation in care (CHIC)

January 2024

Housing Associations and Cohousing; How to create inclusive, affordable, collaborative neighbourhoods for older people.


Dutch Policy and Practice in Relation to Ageing and Cohousing

Maria Brenton

Review prepared for the Taskforce on Older People’s Housing.

September 2023

Housing by the community, for the community

Grant Colquhoun

An assessment of the value for money of community led housing in England.

15th September 2020

Elder Cohousing – an idea whose time has come

Neshama Abraham & Kate deLaGrange

An overview and description of cohousing for older people with a focus on US-based schemes.

Plan B Retirement (2007)

Value tensions and dynamics in the co-ordination of self-transformational groups

Dermot O’Reilly & Mark Westcombe

A practitioner-focused report on the findings from a study into the value tensions and dynamics in the co-ordination of a Cohousing Group in the UK.

Lancaster University (2018)

Development of new cohousing: lessons from a London scheme for the over-50s

Kath Scanlon & Melissa Fernandez Arrigoitia
An examination of the ways in which cohousing communities can increase in number in the UK, using the case study of a cohousing community in South London

Journal of Urban Research & Practice (2015)

Islington Park Street Community: a model for alternative housing in London

Melissa Fernandez Arrigoitia

Case study report looking at the history of Islington Park Street Community to understand its distinctiveness and its potential use as a model for other London Schemes.

London School of Economics and Political Science (2015)

Alternative housing could be the answer to London’s housing crisis

Melissa Fernandez Arrigoitia

An article discussing the possibilities that alternative housing can provide whilst investigating its constraints.

London School of Economics and Political Science (2014)

Supporting social contact design principles in common areas of cohousing communities

J.T. Bouma, W.A. Poelman & A.I.M. Voorbij
A paper on how the physical properties of cohousing communities can impact social interactions.

Hanze University, University Twente & Rotterdam University

Designing Neighbourhoods for Social Interaction: The Case of Cohousing

Jo Williams
A paper discussing the design principles inherent in cohousing schemes and how they encourage social interaction.

Journal of Urban Design (2005)

Living together privately: for a cautious reading of cohousing

Francesco Chiodelli and Valeria Baglione
A comparison between the constitutive features of cohousing and other kinds of private residential communities.

Journal of Urban Research & Practise (2013)

Growing Older Together: the development and promotion of resident-led models of housing with care for older people

Jon Stevens
A practise briefing on the development and promotion of resident-led models of housing for older people.

Housing LIN (2015)

Collaborative design of Older Women’s Cohousing in Working with Older People

Patrick Devlin
The purpose of this paper is to explore how a Collaborative Design Process (CDP) can work, as applied to a soon-to-be realised project in North London.

Emerald Publishing, 19.4 (2015)

Cohousing for Stages of an Ageing Britain

Susan Scott Hunt
Paper examining aspects of the particular legal environment for a nascent but growing cohousing movement within the UK.

Housing LIN (2015)

Cohousing Briefing Paper 1 – Work on the wild side: For developers & architects

Moyra Riseborough
Lessons for designers and architects on the principles of cohousing and how to translate these into schemes.

Housing LIN (2013)

Cohousing Briefing Paper 2 – Work on the wild side: For commissioners and housing and social care providers

Moyra Riseborough
Lessons for commissioners and housing and social care providers on the principles of cohousing and how to translate these into schemes.

Housing LIN (2013)

Life in De Kersentuin: Examining the characteristics of a sustainable cohousing project

Yannick Kiesel
A masters thesis focused on cohousing as a sustainable community development alternative in urban areas.

University of Amsterdam (2018)

Cohousing – the potential for an older people’s development in Newcastle upon Tyne

Moyra Riseborough
Investigating the circumstances in which a senior cohousing development could thrive in a city like Newcastle upon Tyne.

Newcastle University (2013)

Housing Norms vs. Real Needs: Bottom-Up Cohousing

Bence Komlosi & Zsofia Glatz
An article discussing the benefits of ‘self-organising’ communities to the housing sector with a focus on Switzerland, Venezuela & Hungary.

Trans 24 (2014)

Cohousing: Shared Futures

Helen Jarvis, Kath Scanlon & Melissa Fernandez Arrigoitia
A collaborative report into cohousing, its benefits, its future in the UK, and the ways in which the UK Government can support its growth.

UK Cohousing Network (2016)

Towards a deeper understanding of the social architecture of co-housing: evidence from the UK, USA and Australia

Helen Jarvis
Looking at the ‘social glue’ that distinguishes cohousing communities from other shared space neighbourhoods; in particular, how the cohousing development process encourages this ‘social architecture’.

Journal of Urban Research and Practise (2015)

Local Housing, Community Living: prospects for scaling up and scaling out community led housing

Andrew Heywood
An exploration of the housing models in the community-led housing sector and an identification of the barriers in moving the sector into the mainstream.

The Smith Institute (2016)

Aging in a Community of Mutual Support: The Emergence of an Elder Intentional Cohousing Community in the United States

Anne P. Glass
Report into the ElderSpirit Community; its origins, development and the benefits the mutual support gives its residents.

Journal of Housing for the Elderly (2009)

The cohousing approach to ‘lifetime neighbourhoods’

Maria Brenton
Considers how local authorities can work with public and private sector partners to develop a cohousing approach towards the outcomes sought from the government’s national strategy on housing for an ageing society.

Housing LIN (2008)

 ‘Co-operative living arrangements among older women’

Maria Brenton
Paper arguing that at an ageing society presents a challenge to sustainability because of the ageism of society.

Local Environment, 4.1 (1999)

Potential Benefits of Cohousing for Older People: A literature review

Maria Brenton
Literature view reflecting research into the benefits of cohousing and the social and civic impact.

Elder Woman (2010)

Senior cohousing communities – an alternative approach for the UK?

Maria Brenton
Paper examining the notion of cohousing drawing on examples of cohousing from outside the UK and assessing the potential for cohousing in the UK.

Joseph Rowntree Foundation (2013)

‘We’re in charge’: cohousing communities of older people in the Netherlands: Lessons for Britain?

Maria Brenton
This report draws on a study of groups of older people in The Netherlands who, anticipating the possibility of a life alone, have taken steps to start or join a CoHousing community. The author explores what motivates older people to move house and join a “living group.”

Policy Press, University of Bristol (1998)

Evaluation of community planning and life of senior cohousing projects in northern European countries

Jung Shin Choi
This article discusses how residents manage their life in senior cohousing projects in Sweden and Denmark.

Housing LIN (2008)

German co-housing: an opportunity for municipalities to foster socially inclusive urban development?

Christiane Droste
Taking Berlin as an Urban Laboratory, this article examines ways of supporting the tenure and offers some advice on how cities might mainstream what so far is an interesting niche product.

Urban Research and Practise (2015)

Well-being and age in co-housing life: Thinking with and beyond design

Melissa Fernandez, Kath Scanlon & Karen West
This viewpoint considers how spatial design, resident control and home technologies matter to ‘successful ageing’ in the increasingly popular co-housing communities – both intergenerational and senior.

Housing LIN (2018)

Socio-technical transitions: a case study of co-housing in London

Baiba Fogele
This dissertation traces the emergence of co-housing in London through the lens of socio-technical transition theory and its multilevel perspective. It examines how and in what ways co-housing as an alternative community-led housing initiative is protected by the UK Cohousing Network.

King’s College London (2016)

Summary of the International Cohousing Conference

Albrecht Göschel
Summary of the International Collaborative Housing Conference Stockholm 5-9 May 2010

Kollektivhus (2010)

The Lacking Narrative: Why Intentional Community Members Choose To Live A More Demanding Lifestyle

Jordan Todd
Intentional communities often require significantly more commitment, involvement and investment from their members than other forms of community. An investigation into why people choose to live together this way.

Carleton University

Cannock Mill
Canon From Court
Marmalade lane cohousing