Researchers

Elaine Batty

Sheffield Hallam University

Elaine Batty is a research fellow in the Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research at Sheffield Hallam University. She graduated from Sheffield HallamUniversity with an honours degree in housing and society in 1999, followed by a Masters degree in transport planning and management in 2003 and a Masters degree social science research methods in 2008. She has twelve years experience using a range of different qualitative research approaches, more recently the use of visual methods.

She has knowledge and experience of work within communities, conducting focus groups, interviewing and surveys. She has undertaken a wide range of research projects, exploring the difficulties faced by severely disadvantaged groups such as the homeless, families in challenging circumstances and offenders. She has been responsible for the organisation of fieldwork and case study reports for various projects.

Her main research interests concern homelessness, family intervention and community involvement in regeneration. She was a member of the central data team in the National Evaluation of the New Deal for Communities (NDC) and Futurebuilders. Recent projects have included the evaluation of the Intensive Intervention Programme, Hidden Homelessness, Village SOS and the Review of Offender Employment Services.

Research interests

  • Qualitative research methods
  • Biographical interviewing
  • Elite interviewing
  • Gender
  • Community involvement in regeneration
  • Homelessness
  • Family intervention

Janice Blenkinsopp

Heriot-Watt University

Janice is a Research Associate at I-SPHERE, Heriot Watt University. Previously she was an expert rights advice practitioner, experienced in all aspects of advice, claims, reviews, appeals and tribunals including Commissioners’ level appeals. Janice completed her MSc in 2012, with her dissertation related to the effects of welfare reform on housing associations and their tenants. She continues her research at I-SPHERE, with the theme of comparative welfare regimes, welfare reform and homelessness amongst her research interests. Since commencing her PhD in 2013, Janice has worked as a researcher on a number of studies for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.  Along with working on the Welfare Conditionality: Sanctions, Support and Behaviour Change research funded by the ESRC, she has also worked on research relating to the social security system for Shelter Scotland.

 

Katy Jones

University of Salford

150KATHERINE JONESKaty is a Research Fellow in the University of Salford’s Sustainable Housing and Urban Studies Unit (SHUSU). Prior to joining SHUSU, Katy was a Researcher at The Work Foundation, where she developed her expertise on labour market disadvantage, and employment and skills policy. She is experienced using both qualitative and quantitative research methods and her recent projects have involved examining the links between employment, pay and poverty, evaluating a national apprenticeship programme, reviewing evidence on employer recruitment practices, and interviewing homeless service users about their experiences of basic skills support. Katy is also working towards a PhD in Educational Research at Lancaster University investigating the employment and skills support offered by organisations supporting single homeless adults.

Dr Jenny McNeill

University of Sheffield and University of York

150JennyJenny has worked as a Senior Benefits Advisor for Nottingham City Council and also worked as a researcher for the University of Manchester, Nottingham Trent University and Hostels Liaison Group. Jenny taught on the Social Policy pathway of the MSc Research Methods course at Nottingham Trent University in 2010. Her MSc research looked at homeless women’s coping strategies and her PhD thesis explored the role of employability in the resettlement of single homeless people. Jenny has strong interests in qualitative longitudinal methods and debates in housing, homelessness, welfare and social exclusion.

Research interests

  • Homelessness
  • Social exclusion and policy
  • Welfare
  • Qualitative research methods

 

Dr Lisa Scullion

University of Salford

150Lisa ScullionLisa Scullion is a Research Fellow at Salford Housing and Urban Studies Unit (SHUSU) at the University of Salford. Lisa has extensive experience of leading projects for various local authorities, housing providers and third sector organisations. She has particular expertise around researching Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) communities, including migrant workers, and Roma, Gypsies and Travellers. Lisa has carried out ten studies across the UK focusing on the needs and experiences of Central and Eastern European (CEE) migrant workers. She has also been involved in all of SHUSUs on-going Gypsy and Traveller work, including leading a number of Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation Assessments. She is currently co-investigator on a European Commission funded project focusing on the situation of Roma in ten EU countries. She is also currently leading a two year Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) exploring how to engage with empty home owners in order to bring empty homes back into use across Greater Manchester. Lisa is a member of the European Academic Network on Romani Studies, and Europia – a community organisation in Greater Manchester that works with Central and Eastern European migrants.

Dr Alasdair Stewart

University of Glasgow

Alasdair is a Research Assistant in the Urban Studies at the University of Glasgow.  He has a strong background in qualitative research, with experience conducting interviews and focus groups with vulnerable groups as well as front-line workers and policy officers from a broad range of statutory and voluntary organisations.  He recently finished a PhD in Housing, ‘Managing a Tenancy: Young people’s pathways into and sustaining independent tenancies from homelessness’, at the University of Stirling joint funded by the ESRC and Homeless Action Scotland.  He has additionally, as part of his PhD, worked with the collaborative partner Homeless Action Scotland on short research projects focusing on housing and homelessness.  He previously held research posts at the University of Edinburgh and the University of Strathclyde working on projects relating to child protection and disability.  Prior to his PhD, Alasdair graduated with an MA Politics (First Class Honours) degree, specialising in political philosophy, at the University of Dundee in 2007 and completed an MSc in Applied Social Research at the University of Stirling in 2009.

Research interests

  • Homelessness
  • Social Housing
  • Disability
  • Qualitative research methods
  • Post-philosophy
  • Sociological theory

Dr Beth Watts

Heriot-Watt University

150Beth_WattsBeth’s research focuses primarily on homelessness, with a particular interest in applying ideas from moral and political philosophy to housing and social policy related issues. She has varied experience using qualitative research methods, including comparative qualitative research and research with policy elites and vulnerable groups.

Research interests

  • Homelessness and housing exclusion
  • Political and moral philosophy and their applications in social policy
  • Comparative social policy
  • Qualitative research methods
  • Comparative qualitative research methods
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