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Biography

Sarah Johnsen is a Professorial Fellow in the Institute for Social Policy, Housing, Environment and Real Estate (I-SPHERE) at Heriot-Watt University.  After completing her PhD in Human Geography at the University of Otago (New Zealand), Sarah worked as Research Associate in the Geography Department at Queen Mary University of London.  She was then employed as Research Manager for The Salvation Army (UK & Ireland) before moving to a post as Research Fellow in the Centre for Housing Policy at the University of York.  Sarah has been based at Heriot-Watt University since 2010.

Research interests

Most of Sarah’s research focuses on homelessness, addiction, and related forms of street culture (e.g. begging and street drinking).  She has particular expertise in relation to ‘deep’ social exclusion and welfare provision for people with complex support needs such as co-occurring substance misuse and mental health problems. Sarah also has ongoing interests in the role of faith communities in welfare provision, and the practice and ethics of research involving vulnerable people.

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Research Output 1999 2017

interventionism
legitimacy
power
people
empowerment
enterprise
people
Industry
homelessness

Destitution in the UK

Fitzpatrick, S., Bramley, G., Sosenko, F., Blenkinsopp, J., Johnsen, S., Littlewood, M., Netto, G. & Watts, B. Apr 2016 Joseph Rowntree Foundation. 83 p.

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report

Great Britain
people
impact
homelessness
welfare
crisis
network
project

Faith, values and metaphysical positionality

Johnsen, S. & Fitzpatrick, S. 2016 How to Research Religion: Putting Methods Into Practice. Woodhead, L. (ed.). Oxford: Oxford University Press

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

social scientist
faith
god
audience
scientist

Activities 2006 2017