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Prof. Sarah Johnsen

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Professorial Fellow

School of the Built Environment

Phone: +44 (0)131 451 3642
Address:
  • Room 1.22
    William Arrol Building
  • School of the Built Environment
  • Heriot-Watt University
  • Edinburgh
  • EH14 4AS
  • United Kingdom
Sarah Johnsen

Research profile

Research
  • Homelessness (rough sleeping, youth homelessness, family homelessness, ‘single’ (non-statutory) homelessness, ex-service homelessness, homeless children)
  • Street culture (begging, street drinking, street-based sex work)
  • The role of faith-based organisations in welfare provision
  • Social research methods and the ethics of research involving vulnerable people

Current/ Recent Projects

  • ‘Housing First Pilot Evaluation’, Turning Point Scotland, 2010-2013
  • ‘Multiple exclusion homelessness: a quantitative survey’, ESRC, 2010-2011.
  • ‘Supported Housing Pilot for Teenage Parents evaluation’, Department for Education (formerly the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF)), in partnership with University of York, TNS-BMRB and LSE, 2009-2011.
  • ‘Homeless people with complex needs: reflections on the challenges presented by 'Housing First' and other innovative housing models’, ESRC, in partnership with Crisis, 2010.
  • ‘The difference that ‘faith’ makes: faith-based organisations and the provision of services for homeless people’, AHRC/ESRC, 2008-2009.
  • ‘Review of youth homelessness in the UK’, Joseph Rowntree Foundation, 2006-2007.
  • ‘The effectiveness of interventions in preventing homelessness among ex-service personnel in London’, Ex-Services Action Group (ESAG), 2006-2007.
  • ‘The causes, impacts and costs of homelessness for families, children and 16-17 year olds in England’, Communities and Local Government, 2005-2008.
  • ‘Evaluation of the impact of enforcement on street homeless people’, Joseph Rowntree Foundation, 2005-2006.
Selected publications
  1. Fitzpatrick, S., Johnsen, S. and White, M. (forthcoming) Multiple exclusion homelessness in the UK: key patterns and intersections, Social Policy and Society.
  2. Johnsen, S. (forthcoming) ‘The difference that faith makes: the role of faith-based organisations in service provision for homeless people’, in: Woodhead, L. & Catto, R. (Eds.) Religion and Change in Modern Britain. Routledge.
  3. Johnsen, S. and Fitzpatrick, S. (forthcoming) ‘The importance of researchers' own religious or non-religious stance’, in Woodhead, L. (Ed.) Innovative Methods in the Study of Religion. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  4. Murray, A. and Johnsen, S. (forthcoming) Community hospitality initiatives: “make a cup of tea first, ask questions later”, Psychodynamic Practice.
  5. Johnsen, S. (2011) ‘Using social geography’, in Del Casino, V. J., Thomas, M., Cloke, P. & Panelli, R. (Eds.) Companion to Social Geography. Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell, pp. 235-250.
  6. Cloke, P., May, J. and Johnsen, S. (2010) Swept Up Lives? Re-envisioning the ‘Homeless City’. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.
  7. Johnsen, S. and Fitzpatrick, S. (2010) Revanchist sanitisation or coercive care? The use of enforcement to combat begging, street drinking and rough sleeping in England. Urban Studies, 47, 1703-1723.
  8. Johnsen, S. and Teixeira, L. (2010) Staircases, Elevators and Cycles of Change: ‘Housing First’ and other housing models for homeless people with complex support needs. London: Crisis. [Available as a free download from Publication].
  9. Tunstall, H., Pickett, K.  and Johnsen, S. (2010) Residential mobility in the UK during pregnancy and infancy: are pregnant women, new mothers and infants ‘unhealthy migrants’? Social Science and Medicine, 71, 786-798. 
  10. Johnsen, S. with Fitzpatrick, S. (2009) Faith-based Organisations and the Provision of Services for Homeless People. York: Centre for Housing Policy. [Available as a free download from Publication].
  11. Fitzpatrick, S. and Johnsen, S. (2009) The use of enforcement to combat 'street culture' in England: An ethical approach? Ethics and Social Welfare, 3, 284-302. 
  12. Johnsen, S. and Quilgars, D. (2009) Youth homelessness. In Fitzpatrick, S., Quilgars, D. and Pleace, N. (Eds.) Homelessness in the UK: problems and solutions. Coventry: Chartered Institute of Housing, pp. 53-72.
  13. Jones, A. and Johnsen, S. (2009) Street homelessness. In Fitzpatrick, S., Quilgars, D. and Pleace, N. (Eds.) Homelessness in the UK: problems and solutions. Coventry: Chartered Institute of Housing, pp. 38-52.
  14. Cloke, P., May, J. and Johnsen, S. (2008) Performativity and affect in the homeless city. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 26, 241-263.
  15. Johnsen, S. and Fitzpatrick, S. (2008) The Use of Enforcement to Combat Begging and Street Drinking in England: A High Risk Strategy? European Journal of Homelessness, 2, 191-204.
  16. Johnsen, S., Jones, A. and Rugg, J. (2008) The Experiences of Homeless Ex-Service Personnel in London. York: Centre for Housing Policy.  [Available as a free download from Publication].
  17. Johnsen, S., May, J. and Cloke, P. (2008) Imag(in)ing 'homeless places': using auto-photography to (re)examine the geographies of homelessness. Area, 40, 194-207.
  18. Pleace, N., Fitzpatrick, S., Johnsen, S., Quilgars, D. and Sanderson, D. (2008) Statutory Homelessness in England: The experience of families and 16-17 year olds. London: Communities and Local Government. [Available as a free download from Publication].
  19. Quilgars, D., Johnsen, S. and Pleace, N. (2008) Youth Homelessness in the UK: A Decade of Progress? York: Joseph Rowntree Foundation. [Available as a free download from www.jrf.org.uk].
  20. Cloke, P., May, J. and Johnsen, S. (2007) Ethical citizenship? Volunteers and the ethics of providing services for homeless people. Geoforum, 38, 1089-1101.
Biography
  • 2001-2004: Research Associate, Department of Geography, Queen Mary, University of London
  • 2004-2005: Research Manager, The Salvation Army (UK & Ireland) 
  • 2005-2010: Research Fellow, Centre for Housing Policy, University of York
  • July 2010: Senior Research Fellow, School of the Built Environment, Heriot-Watt University