The Institute of Human Settlements Studies (IHSS) was found in 1979 as a Centre for Housing Studies (CHS), a joint Programme between the Government of the United Republic of Tanzania and the Netherlands. CHS was renamed Centre for Human Settlements Studies (CHSS) in 1992. In 1996 CHSS was transformed into an Institute for Housing Studies and Building Research (IHSBR), following Ardhi Institutes’ affiliation to the University of Dar es Salaam. Two years later the Institute was renamed Institute of Human Settlements Studies. Since its founding, the Institute has grown into a multidisciplinary basic and applied research academic unit of the University. It also provides postgraduate Training as well as public services that cover a variety of disciplines.