Beth Watts

Senior Research Fellow

+44 (0) 131 451 8190
Room 3.30, William Arrol Building, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, EH14 4AS, United Kingdom
Roles and responsibilities
  • Homelessness and housing exclusion
  • Political and moral philosophy and their applications in social policy
  • Comparative social policy
  • Qualitative research methods
  • Comparative qualitative research methods

Current/Recent projects

  • Sanctions, support and behaviour change: understanding the role and impact of welfare conditionality, ESRC, 2013-18
  • The Homelessness Monitor, Crisis, 2011-2015
  • Legal rights to housing for homeless people: A normative comparison of Scotland Ireland, ESRC funded PhD (University of York), 2009-2013
Selected publications

Bengtsson, B., Fitzpatrick, S. and Watts, B. (2012) Rights, Citizenship and Shelter, in: S. J. Smith (Ed.) The International Encyclopaedia of Housing and Home, pp 148-157, London: Elsevier.

Fitzpatrick, S., Johnsen, S. and Watts, B. (2012) International Homelessness Policy Review: A report to inform the review of homelessness legislation in Wales, Cardiff: University of Cardiff.

Fitzpatrick, S. and Watts, B. (2010) ‘The Right to Housing' for Homeless People, in: E. O'Sullivan, V. Busch-Geertsema, D. Quilgars and N. Pleace (ed.) Homeless Research in Europe, pp. 105-122, Brussels: Feantsa.


2013-Present: Research Associate, Institute for Housing Urban and Real Estate Research, School of the Built Environment, Heriot-Watt University

2012: Researcher/ESRC placement, Localism and Big Society team, Department for Communities and Local Government

2009-2013: PhD Social Policy, University of York 2008-2009: Research Associate, The Young Foundation

2007-8: Researcher, Joseph Rowntree Foundation 2006-7: MRes Social Policy, University of York

2006: Researcher, Shelter