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Research interests

  • Human rights- particularly children's human rights
  • Interpretive policy analysis
  • Social dimensions of town planning, particularly community engagement
  • Social justice
  • Spatial justice
  • Systematic reviewing and meta-analysis


Jenny Wood is a Research Associate in I-SPHERE, who joined the team in January 2017. She has undertaken research on homelessness policy, severe and multiple disadvantage, interventions to assist people facing homelessness, inclusive urban planning, and children’s human rights. Her methodological expertise lies in qualitative research (in-depth interviewing, focus groups, and working with children in a classroom environment), with emerging skills in interpretive policy analysis, systematic reviewing and meta-analysis.  

Jenny contributes to a range of major I-SPHERE projects such as the Homelessness Monitor SeriesDestitution in the UK, Hard Edges Scotland, and a rapid systematic evidence review on what works to end rough sleeping. She also recently led the creation of An Evidence and Gap Map of Homelessness Interventions in collaboration with the Campbell Collaboration. Having completed her PhD in 2016 on children’s human rights and the Scottish Planning system, Jenny also writes about the spatial implications of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. She has delivered a range of community engagement sessions with children; training to policy-makers and practitioners; and presented an international keynote presentation. She is also co-founder and chair of the board for new Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation ‘A Place in Childhood’ (APiC), and board member of Play Scotland. She has a keen interest in the Child Friendly City Movement and is currently advising on research into what makes a child friendly environment in South Korea.

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town planning Social Sciences
homelessness Social Sciences
UN Convention Social Sciences
planning system Earth & Environmental Sciences
human rights Social Sciences
governance Social Sciences
accommodation Social Sciences
planning Social Sciences

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Research Output 2015 2019

  • 12 Commissioned report
  • 4 Article
  • 1 Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Child Friendly Planning in the UK: A Review

Wood, J., Bornat, D. & Bicquelet-Lock, A. (ed.), 28 Nov 2019, Royal Town Planning Institute. 63 p.

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report

Open Access

Ending street homelessness: what works and why we don’t do it

Mackie, P., Johnsen, S. & Wood, J., 2019, In : European Journal of Homelessness. 13, 1, p. 85-96

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

Hard Edges Scotland: New conversations about severe and multiple disadvantage

Bramley, G., Fitzpatrick, S., Wood, J., Sosenko, F., Blenkinsopp, J., Littlewood, M., Frew, C., Bashar, T., McIntyre, J. & Johnsen, S., 24 Jun 2019, Lankelly Chase Foundation. 189 p.

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report

Open Access

Homelessness prevention in the UK: Policy briefing

Fitzpatrick, S., Mackie, P. & Wood, J., Jul 2019, CaCHE. 6 p.

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report

Open Access
housing market
correctional institution

The homelessness monitor: England 2019

Fitzpatrick, S., Pawson, H., Bramley, G., Wood, J., Watts, B., Stephens, M. & Blenkinsopp, J., May 2019, London: Crisis. 102 p.

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report

Open Access

Activities 2018 2019

  • 7 Invited talk
  • 2 Participation in conference
  • 2 Oral presentation
  • 1 Participation in workshop, seminar, course

Planning for Children's Rights and the Child Friendly City

Jenny Wood (Speaker)
3 Oct 2019

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

Parks for the Planet Forum

Jenny Wood (Participant)
30 May 20194 Jun 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

Children's rights and public space in Scotland

Jenny Wood (Speaker)
18 May 2019

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

Towards the Child Friendly City

Jenny Wood (Member of programme committee)
27 Nov 201929 Nov 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

Children's Rights and Public Space - The role of town planning

Jenny Wood (Speaker)
15 May 2019

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk