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Beth is a Senior Research Fellow at I-SPHERE, Heriot-Watt University. Her research focuses on homelessness, youth homelessness, rough sleeping and complex needs, social housing, and poverty. Her current work includes monitoring the impacts of welfare reform and the wider policy and economic context on UK homelessness via the 2011-2021 Crisis and Joseph Rowntree Foundation-funded Homelessness Monitors project and evidencing the impacts of welfare conditionality on young people, rough sleepers and social housing tenants via the Economic and Social Research Council-funded Welfare Conditionality: sanctions, support and behaviour change project. She has a background in philosophy and a particular interest the ethics of social policy and practice interventions. Beth is the Chair of the Housing Studies Association, on the editorial board of the journal Housing Studies and a non-executive director for The Rock Trust, a Scottish youth homelessness charity. She completed her PhD comparing responses to homelessness in Scotland and Ireland in 2013 at the University of York and has previously worked as a researcher at The Young Foundation, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and Shelter.

Research interests

  • Homelessness and youth homelessness
  • Rough sleeping and complex needs
  • Social housing and security of tenure
  • Welfare conditionality
  • Political and moral philosophy and their application in social policy analysis

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Research Output 2010 2018

Destitution in the UK 2018

Fitzpatrick, S., Bramley, G., Sosenko, F., Blenkinsopp, J., Wood, J., Johnsen, S., Littlewood, M. & Watts, B., 2018, Joseph Rowntree Foundation. 72 p.

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report

Open Access

Homelessness and social control: a typology

Johnsen, S., Fitzpatrick, S. & Watts, B., 3 Oct 2018, In : Housing Studies. 33, 7, p. 1106-1126 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
social control
housing policy

Taking Values Seriously in Housing Studies

Fitzpatrick, S. & Watts, B., 3 Apr 2018, In : Housing, Theory and Society. 35, 2, p. 223-227 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalComment/debate

Activities 2013 2018

Housing Studies Association conference 2018

Watts, E. E. (Participant)
12 Mar 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

Exploring the ethics of welfare conditionality

Watts, E. E. (Speaker)
29 Nov 2018

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

Housing and Domestic Abuse

Watts, E. E. (Speaker)
23 Mar 2018

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

University of Sheffield, Urban Studies and Planning Seminar, 'The Ethics of Welfare Conditionality'

Watts, E. E. (Invited speaker)
14 Feb 2018

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

Monitoring Homelessness in the UK

Watts, E. E. (Speaker)
5 Mar 2018

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk