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The University of Cambridge appoints David Cowans as an Associate Member

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Places for People Group Chief Executive David Cowans has been appointed as Associate Member of the Cambridge Centre for Housing and Planning Research (CCHPR) at the University of Cambridge. 

The appointment is recognition of David’s 30 years of experience in housing development and regeneration.  Speaking of the news, David said:

“I am thrilled to have been invited to join the CCHPR team. The housing needs of the UK are rapidly changing, and we must find innovative new ways to create homes that can accommodate occupiers from all walks of life – in communities that work for everyone living there. These homes must also be sustainable and developed using materials and processes that are better for the environment. The work of CCHPR is key as we strive to achieve this. The organisation is helping the sector meet its challenges by working coherently with government and the private sector, making recommendations that respond to the diverse needs of a changing population.”

David Cowans, Places for People Group Chief Executive

The Cambridge Centre for Housing and Planning Research (CCHPR) is a University of Cambridge Research Centre. Led by Director Dr Gemma Burgess, CCHPR’s team of researchers are dedicated to carrying out innovative research that is relevant for policy and practice, and to providing an evidence base for making positive change with a view to reducing inequality and improving housing supply and affordability. The centre explores housing supply and affordability, planning, housing provision for the ageing UK population, alternative housing models and digital innovation.  

In addition to his new role, David is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Housing, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, a Fellow of the Institute of Directors, and a member of the Institute of Residential Property Management. He has an MBA from Birmingham University and is also an Academician of The Academy of Urbanism, and completed his term as a Visiting Fellow of Cambridge University. 

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