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Biography

Sarah Johnsen is a Professorial Fellow in the Institute for Social Policy, Housing and Eqaulities Research (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 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

cause
Open Access
File
homelessness
empowerment
workplace
community
economics

Final Findings: Lone Parents

Johnsen, S. & Blenkinsopp, J., May 2018, University of York. 8 p. (Welfare Conditionality: Final Findings Reports)

Research output: Book/ReportOther report

Open Access
parents
welfare
preschool child
obligation
longitudinal study

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
File
homelessness
social control
typology
criminalization
housing policy

What works to end rough sleeping?

Mackie, P., Johnsen, S. & Wood, J., May 2018, Parity, p. 33-35

Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationArticle

Activities 2006 2018

City of Edinburgh Homelessness Taskforce presentation

Johnsen, S. (Speaker)
13 Feb 2018

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

Presentation at Parliamentary launch of the Welfare Conditionality study, Houses of Parliament, London

Johnsen, S. (Keynote speaker)
22 May 2018

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

Housing Studies Association annual conference presentation

Johnsen, S. (Speaker), Wood, J. (Speaker), Peter Mackie (Contributor)
11 Apr 201813 Apr 2018

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

Invited talk at the Homelessness and Support Practice Exchange Forum

Johnsen, S. (Invited speaker)
11 May 2018

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk