My doctoral thesis explored the impact of UK Coalition and Conservative government housing policies on inner London’s low-income residents, focusing specifically on the bedroom tax (a social housing reform introduced in 2013) and the criminalisation of squatting (introduced in 2012) as case studies. Research was qualitative and employed multiple methods: semi-structured interviews, ethnography and critical discourse analysis of key political speeches, media and policy rhetoric.
My current research explores the role of pop-up and modular housing techniques in the provision of social housing for formerly homeless families in London and Dublin. Myself and colleagues at Royal Holloway were awarded funding by Dublin City Council and Royal Holloway (2016-18) to explore resident experiences of life in these new housing developments, and assess whether they can provide a meaningful contribution to reducing ever-growing crises of housing affordability and availability in both cities.
Research grants and awards
2017-2018: Home at Last? Life in Dublin's Rapid Build Housing. Dublin City Council (€12,000). Co-investigators: Mel Nowicki, Professor Katherine Brickell, Ella Harris (RHUL)
2016-2017: Research Strategy Grant, Royal Holloway. Precarious Lives, Pop-up Solutions? Resident insights from PLACE/Ladywell, London. (£3,500). Co-investigators: Mel Nowicki, Professor Katherine Brickell and Ella Harris (RHUL).