Homes for Generations

Dr Kay Saville-Smith

Dr Kay Saville-Smith is the director of CRESA and has built up over twenty-five years of expertise in community and social policy research with a focus on housing. In 2018 Kay was made a Member of the NZ Order of Merit for Services to Older People’s Housing Research. She is the Chief Science Adviser for the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development. She was a member of the Ministry Advisory Group on Housing and Urban Development, the Office for Senior Citizens’ Independent Advisory Group Reviewing the Positive Ageing Strategy; and Commission for Financial Capability’s review of retirement incomes.

In addition to this current programme she has led a number of public good science funded programmes or components, including: Finding the Best Fit – Housing, Downsizing and Older People in a changing Society – a three year research programme assessing the practicalities of downsizing and the conditions which determine successful transitions; Resilient Communities – Doing Better in Bad Times – a two year programme aimed at helping older people and their communities to be more resilient during adverse natural events and recover better after them; Good Homes – a five-year programme on older people’s repairs and maintenance needs in the context of ageing in place; the Sustainable Neighbourhoods Stream for BEACON Consortium; and the social science component of the Building Energy End-use Study (BEES) undertaken by BRANZ. She is also a trustee for the Marlborough Sustainable Housing Trust.