I-SPHERE



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

Blog: Temporary accommodation in Scotland: where are we now, and where do we go from here?

What is the state of play for temporary accommodation in Scotland? In this blog, Dr Beth Watts reflects on a new I-SPHERE report and where to go next.

Published 6 June 2018

Blog: How much housing do we need?

Professor Glen Bramley reflects on the interim report of a new study investigating housing supply requirements across Great Britain for low-income households and homeless people, and the key policy challenges facing government and the housing sector.

Published 23 May 2018

Blog: The government’s housing benefit u-turn: evidence and sound economic analysis return to housing policy?

Professor Chris Leishman reflects on whether last week’s government u-turn on housing benefit for 18 to 21-year-olds signals a return of evidence based housing policy.

Published 4 April 2018

Blog: Why does Housing First work?

Prof Sarah Johnsen reflects on the question of why Housing First seems to be so much more effective than mainstream provision for the majority of homeless people with multiple and complex needs.

Published 21 March 2018

Scottish Government accepts recommendations to end rough sleeping

New recommendations to ensure the commitment to eradicate rough sleeping in Scotland have been accepted in principle by the Scottish Government.

Published 7 March 2018

Spare room scheme explored for young homeless people

Research is underway to find out if people with spare rooms could host homeless young people if there was a project to offer them payment, training and support in Scotland.

Published 28 February 2018

Blog: Fuel poverty – It helps to have a sensible target to aim at….

In a new blog for the Institute for Social Policy, Housing, and Equalities Research (I-SPHERE) at Heriot-Watt University, Professor Glen Bramley reflects on the process of recommending a new definition of fuel poverty in Scotland.

Published 12 December 2017

Successful Glasgow homelessness service expands to Dundee

People who have lived through homelessness, including some who still don’t have a permanent home, are to offer advice and support to others thanks to new funding for an innovative project in Dundee.

Published 8 September 2017