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University investigates UK's 'self-build phenomenon'

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Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Development

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Researchers at Goldsmiths University are trying to find out who exactly is taking part in the so-called 'self-build phenomenon' currently sweeping the UK.

Dr Michaela Benson, from the Department of Sociology, has released a snapshot of her research into people who are building their own homes.

Dr Benson's project, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, is still ongoing but interim findings raise questions about how 'self-build' is defined and how there is a greater need for social support for people undergoing self-build projects.

Dr Benson said: "With the government pushing self-build as a potential solution to the housing crisis, it's important for us to look more closely at who is self-building and how it fits within the wider housing market.

"Television programmes like Grand Designs may have captured the public's imagination by showcasing the most innovative and audacious self-build projects, but our research project will hopefully shed light on the important financial and sociological questions surrounding the self-build phenomenon."

The project's full findings - 'Self-building: the production and consumption of new homes from the perspective of households' - are expected to be published next year.

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