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Seeing Urban Transformations through Big Data: Evidence from China

Big data is increasingly regarded as a new approach for understanding human behaviour within and between cities. Here, Dr Wenjie Wu reflects on big data in China.

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Eradicating Core Homelessness in Scotland’s Four Main Cities: Asking the impossible?

Today I-SPHERE publishes a report that provides an analysis of 'core homelessness' in Scotland's four largest cities. In this new blog, Mandy Littlewood takes us through some of the main findings.

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Homelessness and Charity: Whose needs are we serving?

In September 2017, I-SPHERE hosted a visit from Cameron Parsell (University of Queensland). Here he reflects on the role of charity in responding to homelessness in advanced welfare state contexts.

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New evidence on the impact of airport infrastructure on productivity in China

Airport construction or expansion is often proposed as a policy lever to boost cities, regions and national economies worldwide. Here, Dr Wenjie Wu talks through the evidence in China.

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Social Rented Housing in the (Dis)United Kingdom

In the aftermath of Theresa May’s much-trailed announcement on social housing, Mark Stephens reflects on housing policy divergence in the UK.

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“Ever wanted something more?” – Mass Media Representation and Housing Futures

“Ever wanted something more? Ever thought there could be a better way to live free from the shackles of the old tired world?” Here, Dr Bilge Serin talks us through the new world of commodified housing developments.

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I-SPHERE’s Director Welcomes NAO Report on Homelessness

Professor Suzanne Fitzpatrick responds to the National Audit Office's new on homelessness in England.

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Homelessness Projections – understanding the data

This week a report published by homelessness charity Crisis predicted stark increases in homelessness if further action is not taken. Here, Prof Glen Bramley, author of the report, takes us through some of the methodology, and difficulties in modelling homelessness.

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What will happen to levels of homelessness if we do nothing?

In 2016 around 160,000 households experienced the most acute forms of homelessness. If we fail to address homelessness this figure will reach 392,000 by 2041 reports Francesca Albanese from Crisis.

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Paid Internship Programme on Homelessness with The Oak Foundation and I-SPHERE – Deadline for applications 9th August 2017

Applications are now invited for the first round of a series of paid internships on the theme of homelessness, offered by the Oak Foundation in partnership with the Institute of Social Policy, Housing and Equalities Research (I-SPHERE) at Heriot-Watt University Edinburgh.

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Can homelessness happen to anyone? Don’t believe the hype

Could homelessness happen to anyone? Professor Suzanne Fitzpatrick explores such claims to suggest assumptions could distract us from focusing on causes that may be identifiable, and possibly preventable.

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How can we ethically respond to rough sleeping? A four-point framework

How can society best respond to escalating levels of rough sleeping? Dr Beth Watts offers four criteria to help navigate through this extremely polarised debate.

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‘Changing the game’ for people with multiple needs: the role of evidence and reason

Tackling multiple disadvantage requires prioritising reason and evidence over the lure of exciting new approaches and the inertia of established ways of working, argues Beth Watts.

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Five steps to make children’s rights a reality in the Scottish planning system

The Scottish planning system is soon to undergo reform. Here, Dr Jenny Wood identifies five ways Scottish Government can improve children’s participation in the planning process, and the environments it shapes and manages.

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The Homelessness Reduction Act 2017: An Historic Step Forward for Single Homeless People

As the Homelessness Reduction Bill passes into law, Professor Suzanne Fitzpatrick explains the significance of the new legislation and how it builds on previous policy developments elsewhere in the UK.

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Three priorities for tackling homelessness in Scotland

In light of impressive changes to homelessness legislation elsewhere in the UK, Scotland’s claim to be a world-leader on homelessness may be weakening. Beth Watts identifies three areas where Scotland can raise its game.

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Who will house the poorest? Developments on homelessness in England

Following the publication of our sixth annual Homelessness Monitor report focusing on developments and trends in England, Suzanne Fitzpatrick asks who will house those on low incomes in the future?

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Interventionist and enforcement responses to rough sleeping and begging: Opportunities, challenges and dilemmas

Sarah Johnsen summarises a recent event, organised in partnership with Crisis and Glasgow Homelessness Network, exploring interventionist responses to rough sleeping and begging.

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Innovation and effectiveness in a ‘cold climate’

Beth Watts argues that the growing focus on innovative responses to homelessness must be balanced with a commitment to approaches we already know work.

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Implementing the Homeless Reduction Bill: Lessons from London

Now that the Homelessness Reduction Bill has passed its second reading, I-SPHERE PhD Student and practitioner Adam Stephenson considers how local authorities can best implement the proposed changes.

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I, Daniel Blake demands a political response

Mark Stephens argues that the underlying solution to the misery inflicted on the characters portrayed in David Loach’s film lies in reforming policy, not charity.

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It’s Time to Consider Property Taxation in the Round

Mark Stephens argues that Scotland’s new system of housing transaction tax should be allowed to bed down, but that as the Parliament’s Finance Committee considers “A Scottish Approach to Taxation” it should consider property taxation in the round.

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Having Talked the Talk, Which Way should we Walk?

Drawing on new research for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Professor Glen Bramley considers what policies would substantially reduce poverty in the UK.

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Select Committee Report misses opportunity to be radical on homelessness

Suzanne Fitzpatrick, Sarah Johnsen and Beth Watts reflect on recent recommendations to strengthen the homelessness safety net in England.

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The ‘more or less?’ quiz on ‘counting the cost of uk poverty’

Glen Bramley discusses the findings of his new Joseph Rowntree Foundation research counting the costs of poverty in the UK.

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