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Simon Brooke Award 2020 winner

Last October, Clúid announced a callout for submissions for the inaugural Simon Brooke Award. Simon, pictured here, was our former Head of Policy. He sadly passed away in November 2019.

Simon was a passionate champion of social housing. He was also a keen supporter of exchanging ideas of best practice and policy internationally. He was closely involved with the European Federation for Living (EFL), an international network of housing associations and academic institutions, based in The Netherlands.


It was on this basis that the ‘Simon Brooke Award’ was announced, to offer the award winner a chance to travel abroad to learn about more about the social and affordable housing sector internationally. Award applicants submitted an essay on the importance of the international exchange of best practice and policy in social and affordable housing.

We are very pleased to announce the winner of the first Simon Brooke Award – Sinéad Gaughan, a researcher in the Dublin Housing Observatory in Dublin City Council (DCC). Sinéad’s essay was selected from a number of entries by a working group comprising Clúid staff and former colleagues of Simon’s in different organisations and academic institutions.

Cost rental housing exists in a number of other European countries, and is in the process of being developed in Ireland. It was a policy item close to Simon’s heart and features prominently in Sinéad’s essay.


Sinéad will travel to Amsterdam in the Autumn for a week-long study trip and will report back at the inaugural Simon Brooke Public Lecture later in the year. Heartiest congratulations to Sinéad on her award, and our thanks to all the applicants for their thought-provoking and interesting submissions.

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