I-SPHERE



Housing First provision primed for successful expansion across Scotland, report finds

The Housing First Pathfinder has been highly effective at supporting people with the sharpest experiences of homelessness to stay in their homes, according to the country’s first evaluation of Housing First, published this week by I-SPHERE at Heriot-Watt University.

Published 24 September 2021

Headline findings from Scotland’s Housing First Pathfinder evaluation interim report

Prof Sarah Johnsen and Dr Janice Blenkinsopp provide an overview of the main findings from the first interim report of the independent evaluation of Scotland’s Housing First Pathfinder programme.

Published 22 September 2021

England: Planning system perpetuates racism

New research published by the Institute for Social Policy, Housing, Equalities Research (I-SPHERE) based at Heriot-Watt University has found that the planning process in England is reinforcing racial inequality, despite having clear potential to support the needs of ethnic minority residents.

Published 24 August 2021

International experts unite to help end homelessness in Glasgow

The Glasgow Alliance to End Homelessness (GAEH), a unique collaboration that aims to eradicate homelessness in the city, has created an Advisory Council with experts from public health, social policy, housing and the built environment.

Published 19 May 2021

Professor Sarah Johnsen: The strong evidence base for Housing First

With all of Holyrood’s political parties now supporting Housing First ahead of May’s election, Professor Sarah Johnsen, an expert in homelessness policy based with I-SPHERE at Heriot-Watt University, explains why the approach is attractive to politicians looking for an effective, evidence-based response to some of the toughest homelessness experiences.

Published 17 March 2021

Professor Glen Bramley: Can Edinburgh build its way out of poverty?

In a guest blog for the Edinburgh Poverty Commission, Professor Glen Bramley from the Institute for Social Policy, Housing, Equalities Research at Heriot-Watt University, writes that there is no pathway to ending poverty in Edinburgh without resolving the city’s housing and homelessness crisis.

Published 7 December 2020

I-SPHERE gains royal award for groundbreaking research into homeless and destitute people

An internationally renowned award has been presented to a research group whose work prompted a step-change in the UK Government’s approach to extreme disadvantage. 

Published 21 February 2020

Blog: Homelessness prevention in the UK – emerging impact of CaCHE analysis

Following the publication of the policy briefing on homelessness prevention in the UK early this year, Prof Suzanne Fitzpatrick, Dr Peter Mackie, and Dr Jenny Wood reflect on the emerging impact of this CaCHE analysis.

Published 23 December 2019

Heriot-Watt's I-SPHERE wins UK's highest honour in higher education

Heriot-Watt University has been announced as a recipient of a prestigious Queen’s Anniversary Prize in recognition of the work of its Institute for Social Policy, Housing, Equalities Research (I-SPHERE), an institute that has brought new impetus to UK and international efforts to address extreme forms of disadvantage.

Published 22 November 2019

Sarah Johnsen: Overcoming barriers to healthcare for people experiencing homelessness

I-SPHERE Professor Sarah Johnsen describes how a flexible and relational approach helps to overcome many of the barriers that homeless people face when accessing healthcare. 

Published 26 June 2019

#HousingFirstScot: Why does Housing First work?

Prof. Sarah Johnsen from Heriot-Watt University describes four key ingredients that make Housing First work.

Published 17 May 2019

Professor Suzanne Fitzpatrick provides welfare evidence to UK Parliament committee

Institute for Social Policy, Housing, Equalities Research (I-SPHERE) director Professor Suzanne Fitzpatrick provided oral evidence this week to the UK Parliament’s work and pensions committee on its inquiry into the welfare safety net.

Published 18 January 2019

Blog: Scotland’s temporary accommodation system is not fit for purpose

Following the release of a new I-SPHERE report examining temporary accommodation provision in Scotland, Beth Watts picks out some of the key themes from the research.

Published 27 November 2018

New report calls for ‘supported lodgings’ model for young homeless people

A ‘supported lodgings’ model must be introduced in Scotland to urgently address youth homelessness and reduce reliance on hostel and B&B accommodation, a new report has found.

Published 18 September 2018

England: Fixed Term Tenancies: Social housing at a cross-roads

A new I-SPHERE report reveals how housing associations and local authorities in England are using Fixed Term Tenancies. Beth Watts shares the main findings and reflects on their implications for the social housing sector.

Published 24 July 2018