Webinar: Tackling the housing crisis through digital technologies and OSM with Dr Gemma Burgess, University of Cambridge

It is well known that the UK is grappling with a housing shortage. Insufficient numbers of new homes are built each year and the UK continually fails to meet the demand for new and, in particular, affordable housing. In the policy paper Tackling the housing crisis through digital technologies and offsite manufacturing published in May 2020, Dr Burgess and her team discuss the supply shortage, poor quality and maintenance issues related to the UK housing crisis, and illustrate how OSM and BIM hold the potential to tackle the crisis. They identify the key organisational, regulatory, individual and industry related constraints holding back the uptake of these innovations in the housing sector.

We are delighted to be joined by Dr Gemma Burgess as she provides an overview of their research and recommendations, addressing where change needs to take place across the sector in order to meet the housing needs of the nation. 


  • Dr Gemma Burgess

    Director, Cambridge Centre for Housing and Planning Research

    University of Cambridge

    Dr Gemma Burgess is the Acting Director of Cambridge Centre for Housing and Planning Research at the University of Cambridge, where she leads a multidisciplinary team working on policy-oriented research projects. Gemma’s research interests include land supply and the delivery of housing through the planning system and housing for an ageing population. She recently led the Digital Built Britain Housing Network, establishing a research framework to challenge and influence social policy and government and industry thinking on the use of digital tools in the UK house building industry. She is a Co-Investigator for the national £72 million Construction Innovation Hub, working with the Cambridge Centre for Digital Built Britain (CDBB).


Please apply now to secure your spot on this live webinar. Sign up as usual using your WIG account, an invitation to register on the webinar platform confirming your place will be sent out a week ahead of the session. All WIG members are guaranteed a place on this webinar when applying to attend. 

By signing up you will be sent a recording of the presentation portion of the webinar after the event, in order to participate in the Q&A please join us live on the day.

If you have any problems in accessing clickmeetings.com when sent your joining email please let us know at [email protected], or consider using an alternative device.


Unfortunately this event is now closed for booking.

Other WIG opportunities that may interest you

Webinar: Project Speed: A Cross-Sector Perspective

Tuesday 09 March 2021, 10:00 – 11:30


Webinar: Digital identity in the UK - a cross-sector perspective

Tuesday 23 March 2021, 09:30 – 11:00