Slides – ‘Mental Welfare: A critical discourse analysis of the construction of mental health in health & welfare policy’

Here are my slides from a presentation on how mental health is constructed within the discourse of the UK and Scottish governments. This presentation was part of the Urban Studies’ Monday Workshops at the University of Glasgow. Abstract: Long seen as the ‘Cinderella’ service of the NHS, mental health has received renewed policy focus in recent years. Both the UK and Scottish Governments have committed to achieving ‘parity of esteem’ between physical and mental health. There is further agreement in the policy proposals put forth …

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Housing Rites article discussed on the Housing Journal Podcast

My recent publication, ‘Housing rites: young people’s experience of conditional pathways out of homelessness’, was discussed on the second episode of the Housing Journal Podcast. The article features in the conversation between the host Dr Dallas Rogers and Dr Beth Watts, a member of the editorial board at the Housing Studies journal, starting around 12 minutes and 27 seconds into the episode. Unfortunately, the article itself is behind a paywall. Please give me a shout if you cannot access it and you want a copy.

New publication – ‘The Impact of Conditionality on the Welfare Rights of EU Migrants in the UK’

A co-authored article with colleagues from the Welfare Conditionality project has been published in Policy & Politics. The article is open access so can be read without a university account. Abstract: This paper highlights and explores how conditionality operating at three levels (the EU supranational level, the UK national level and in migrants’ mundane ‘street level’ encounters with social security administrators), come together to restrict and have a negative impact on the social rights of EU migrants living in the UK. Presenting analysis of new …

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Upcoming workshop presentation – ‘Mental Welfare’

On Monday 25th March 2019, I will be presenting some initial findings from the ‘Welfare, Employment, and Mental Health’ research project. The presentation is part of the Urban Studies’ Monday Workshops at the University of Glasgow. Abstract: Long seen as the ‘Cinderella’ service of the NHS, mental health has received renewed policy focus in recent years. Both the UK and Scottish Governments have committed to achieving ‘parity of esteem’ between physical and mental health. There is further agreement in the policy proposals put forth in …

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New publication – ‘Housing rites: young people’s experience of conditional pathways out of homelessness’

I have a new publication available in Housing Studies. It is the first of the planned articles from my PhD research on the tenancy sustainment practices of formerly homeless young people.

Abstract:

Since devolution, Scotland has been perceived as an international trailblazer in homelessness policy. This is principally due to The Homelessness Etc. (Scotland) Act 2003 which led to the ‘priority need’ category being abolished in 2012, thus placing a statutory duty upon local authorities to provide settled accommodation to nearly all homeless households. This has been widely praised for extending citizenship rights to those experiencing homelessness. In contrast to this, this paper examines the experiences of young people (aged 16–24) where judgements on whether they were ‘housing ready’ delayed them being provided settled accommodation. Drawing on Bourdieu’s writing on rites of institution, it is shown how the symbolic categories deployed by support services and landlords operated as a means of ‘vision and division’, creating new social positions that lengthened the pathway out of homelessness. In a complimentary move, there was a fusion of support with control mechanisms to determine a person’s readiness for settled accommodation.

Unfortunately, the article is behind a paywall. Please give me a shout if you do not have institutional access and want a copy.