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New research reveals impact of homelessness on EU citizens living in Britain 

People from EU countries living in Britain are nearly three times more likely to experience rough sleeping than the general adult population and are twice as likely to experience homelessness overall because they struggle to access support, new research from homelessness charity Crisis has revealed.

Published 9 November 2021

Worst forms of homelessness 'less common in Scotland than England'

Rates of the worst forms of homelessness are significantly lower in Scotland than in England, new research from Heriot-Watt University has found.

Published 29 September 2021

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

New peatland construction methods could unlock further rural housing developments

A new study is being carried out into more environmentally friendly methods for laying housing foundations on peatland that could pave the way for increased economic development in parts of the Highlands and Islands, while mitigating disruption to the natural ecosystem and captured carbon dioxide.

Published 29 June 2021

Robotics and care event demonstrates world-first for assisted living technology users

A collaborative robotics and social care event has brought together innovators and end-users in a week-long burst of creativity around assistive technology, supported by the world’s first example of an open assisted living laboratory.

Published 20 May 2021

New research proposes ‘ideal’ legal framework to address homelessness in Great Britain

Proposals for the ‘ideal’ legal framework to address homelessness in Great Britain, with potential lessons for other countries seeking to pursue rights-based approaches in this field, have been set out in a new research article.

Published 7 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

Expert review group publishes landmark report into homelessness prevention

Ambitious new measures aimed at widening responsibility for homelessness prevention could stop people from losing their homes and make Scotland a world leader in ending homelessness, according to a new report from an independent group of experts.

Published 18 February 2021

England: £310m committed to homelessness as pressure mounts for Housing First roll-out

The UK Government has pledged to support local authorities in England with additional funding to prevent vulnerable people becoming homeless, amid new figures that the number of children living in temporary accommodation has risen by more than 75% since the Conservatives came to power in 2010.

Published 22 December 2020

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

Homeless Network Scotland's Claire Frew named Honorary Research Fellow at Heriot Watt University

Claire Frew, policy & impact manager at Homeless Network Scotland, has been awarded the title of Honorary Research Fellow by Heriot Watt University’s Institute for Social Policy, Housing, Equalities Research (I-SPHERE).

Published 13 November 2020

England: True number of rough sleepers could be 'far higher' than government figures

The number of people sleeping rough in England during the COVID-19 health crisis could be three to four times higher than official UK Government figures, according to a professor of urban studies at Heriot-Watt University.

Published 26 August 2020

Kingdom extends Heriot-Watt University partnership

Mike Hargreaves and Kirsty Stott from Kingdom Housing Association are about to embark on a BSc in Construction and The Built Environment - due to their previous qualifications and experience.

Published 7 August 2020