The Folds of Home: the experience of the Janus-faced home amongst formerly homeless young people in Scotland

After a long 5-year hiatus, I’m pleased to say I’m finally attending another Housing Studies Association conference. I’ll be presenting research on the experience of home amongst formerly homeless young people in Scotland, developing the metaphor of ‘the fold’ to show how large-scale societal processes were folded and compounded within the young people’s home-making practices. In particular, how being caught between the expansion of Scotland’s devolved rights-based housing system and …

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Free and Open Source QDAS: You have nothing to lose but your licence fees!

I’ll be doing a seminar on why proprietary software is hindering innovation in qualitative analysis and using the design philosophy of PythiaQDA to illustrate the revolutionary potential of free software as an alternative. Basically, the seminar is an excuse for me to bring together some of my favourite topics – qualitative research, free software, Marxism, the horrors of NVivo, and my plans for PythiaQDA. If interested, there’s an Eventbrite page …

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New Publication – ‘Work, welfare, and wellbeing: The impacts of welfare conditionality on people with mental health impairments in the UK’

A co-authored article with colleagues from the Welfare Conditionality project – Pete Dwyer, Lisa Scullion, Katy Jones, & Jenny McNeill – has been published in Social Policy & Administration. The article is open access so can be read without a university account. Abstract: The personal, economic, and social costs of mental ill health are increasingly acknowledged by many governments and international organisations. Simultaneously, in high‐income nations, the reach of welfare …

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Slides – ‘Mental Welfare’

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’ …

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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. …

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