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Dr Beth Watts is a Research Fellow at I-SPHERE (the Institute for Social Policy, Housing and Equalities Research), Heriot-Watt University. She is currently working on a five-year (2013-2018) ESRC project exploring the ethics and effectiveness of welfare conditionality, as applied to social housing tenants, homeless people and other groups of welfare recipients. She is also working on a the Crisis and Joseph Rowntree Foundation funded Homelessness Monitors, a ten-year (2011-2021) project exploring the impacts of the economic context, austerity programme and welfare reform on Homelessness. In 2015 she conducted a review of youth homelessness policy and practice in the UK. In June 2013, Beth completed her PhD at the University of York, which compared homelessness policies in Scotland and Ireland. The research focused on the difference Scotland’s legal rights to housing make to the experiences of homeless people and outcomes of homelessness policy, compared to Ireland’s discretionary ‘social-partnership’ approach. Beth is currently a Non-Executive Director at The Rock Trust, a youth homelessness charity in Scotland. She has previously worked as a researcher at The Young Foundation, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and Shelter. 


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Research Output 2010 2017

social housing

Controlling homeless people? Power, interventionism and legitimacy

Watts, B., Fitzpatrick, S. & Johnsen, S. 29 May 2017 In : Journal of Social Policy. p. 1-18 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


Rights-based approaches and social injustice: a critique

Watts, B. & Fitzpatrick, S. 2017 Rebel Streets and the Informal Economy: Street Trade and the Law. Brown, A. (ed.). Routledge, p. 37-50 14 p. (Urbanism and the City)

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Taking Values Seriously in Housing Studies

Fitzpatrick, S. & Watts, B. 2017 In : Housing, Theory and Society.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


Activities 2013 2016

Tackling Homelessness: Developing and Sharing Best Practice

Watts, E. E. (Invited speaker)
9 Nov 2016

Activity: Participation in conference

HQN The Customer Experience Conference

Watts, E. E. (Invited speaker)
30 Nov 2016

Activity: Participation in conference

BME National Conference

Watts, E. E. (Invited speaker)
20 Oct 2016

Activity: Participation in conference

Homeless Link National Youth Homelessness Conference

Watts, E. E. (Speaker)
14 Mar 2016

Activity: Participation in conference

Rock Trust 25th Anniversary National Conference

Watts, E. E. (Speaker)
6 Jun 2016

Activity: Participation in conference