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Back to the Land?

How can we fund social infrastructure through land value capture? Prof Mark Stephens talks us through some of the options from his new research.

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How much housing do we need?

In this blog , Prof 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.

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Domestic Abuse and Housing: Bringing Together Research and Practice

There is an increasingly recognised, but under-explored link between domestic abuse and housing. Here, postgraduate researcher Dora Welker reflects on a recent conference and future directions for research.

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The Government’s housing benefit U-turn: evidence and sound economic analysis return to housing policy?

Last week the UK government announced a U-turn on providing housing benefits 18 to 21-year-olds. Here, Prof Chris Leishman reflects on this reassuring change of course.

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Why does Housing First work?

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

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I-SPHERE and Oak Foundation Research Internship Programme: Q&A with our intern Lynne McMordie

Lynne McMordie was appointed as our first intern under the I-SPHERE Oak Foundation research internship programme. In this Q&A Lynne tells us about her experiences to date. 

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PAID INTERNSHIP PROGRAMME ON HOMELESSNESS – DEADLINE EXTENDED

We have an exciting opportunity for two researchers to join us for 6 month paid homelessness research internships. Applications close midnight 26th March.

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Reducing heat and shedding light in debates about homelessness and ‘social control’

In this blog, Sarah Johnsen, Suzanne Fitzpatrick and Beth Watts provide a framework offering potential to bring greater clarity and calm to extremely sensitive debates surrounding the use of ‘social control’ in responses to homelessness.

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Invitation to focus group: can you help us explore new ways to help young people at risk of homelessness?

Shelter Scotland and Heriot-Watt University are exploring the potential of a new way to provide housing for young people at risk of homelessness. can you help us by participating in a focus group?

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Beyond parks and playgrounds – how can we plan for children’s play?

The value of children’s play is under increasing discussion from policymakers, practitioners, and the general public Here, Dr Jenny Wood discusses the role of planning systems in facilitating play, and what currently happens in Scotland and Wales.

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The centrality of poverty

Measurement of poverty is central to our understanding of social exclusion. Here, Prof Glen Bramley reflects on the findings of new book: Poverty and Social Exclusion in the UK: Volume 2 – The Dimensions of Disadvantage

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AFTER GRENFELL

Mark Stephens reviews the various inquiries and reviews that have been established since the Grenfell Tower tragedy last June.

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Bright spot in the budget: UK Government backs Housing First for vulnerable homeless people

The much-trailed ‘Housing Budget’ of November 2017 did more for homelessness than many might have expected. I-SPHERE Director Prof Suzanne Fitzpatrick explores the announcements.

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Not Very Well Known Facts about the Noughties Commercial Property Boom and Bust

December saw the release of  book 'Property Boom and Banking Bust: The Role of Commercial Lending in the Bankruptcy of Banks'. Here, Prof Colin Jones gives an insights into its contents.

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What works in addressing rough sleeping?

In light of the furore over calls for rough sleepers to be cleared from the streets of Windsor for the upcoming Royal Wedding, Sarah Johnsen and Jenny Wood highlight key conclusions from an international evidence review of ‘what works’ in addressing street homelessness.

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Online Sales and the Implications for Shopping Centres

recently published paper by Prof Colin Jones and Nicola Livingstone in the International Review of Retail, Distribution and Consumer Research offers some insights into the changing retail hierarchy. Here, Prof Colin Jones reflects on the findings

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Exploring the ‘smart cities’ agenda in a developing world city: the case of Medellin, Colombia

In October 2017,  Dr Fionn MacKillop participated in a research trip to Medellin, Colombia In this blog post, he offers some reflections on the ‘smart city’ agenda in Medellin.

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Fuel Poverty – It Helps to Have a Sensible Target to Aim At….

The Scottish Government recently announced a new consultation on a Fuel Poverty Strategy for Scotland, leading up to an intended Warmer Homes Bill next year. Here, Professor Glen Bramley talks us through this positive story of evidence-based policy.

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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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