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Dr Lindsey McCarthy

Job title: 
Research Associate, BA (Hons), MA, PhD

Phone 0114 225 6283
Email L.McCarthy@shu.ac.uk

Lindsey is an early-career researcher in the field of housing studies. She is particularly interested in subjective experiences of housing and ‘home’, especially amongst more marginalised groups and those living in inadequate accommodation. Since starting her role as a research associate at CRESR, Lindsey has developed her specialism in the field of housing and expanded her expertise to related areas. Over the past year she has developed a keen interest in tenant experiences of the private rented sector, specifically around domestic energy performance, property conditions and landlord-tenant relationships.

Lindsey has extensive experience in a range of qualitative research techniques – in-depth interviews, focus groups, and visual methods – used in a variety of fieldwork settings, but particularly in engaging with disadvantaged and hard-to-reach groups. Lindsey is interested in more inclusive methods which allow participants greater autonomy over the research process – her PhD employed participant-led photography and ‘photo-elicitation’.

Since joining CRESR, Lindsey has worked on research projects for a range of clients including Crisis, Joseph Rowntree Foundation, National Housing Federation and the Eaga Charitable Trust.

Lindsey is Secretary of the Executive Committee of the Housing Studies Association, the learned society representing the interests of housing scholars in the UK.

Research Interests

  • Housing insecurity and deprivation
  • Homelessness
  • The Private Rented Sector
  • Fuel poverty
  • Marginalised groups and identities
  • Qualitative data collection and analysis

Current Research Projects

2015 - 2016 Energy efficiency in the private rented sector: what tenants really think, Eaga Charitable Trust.

2015 - 2016 Evaluation of the British Red Cross First Call Service, British Red Cross.

2015 - 2016 Increasing the uptake of primary and community long term conditions services in Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) communities in Nottingham City, Nottingham CCG.

2015 - 2018 Evaluation of Stoke on Trent Cooperative Working Model, Stoke on Trent Local Authority.

2015 The impact of the existing Right to Buy and the Implications for the Proposed Extension of Right to Buy to Housing Associations, CLG Select Committee Inquiry.

2015 Community-led approaches to reducing poverty in neighbourhoods: an evidence review, Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

2015 Evaluation of the Prepaid Card Live Test, DWP. Role: member of project team.

2015 Understanding tenancy failure amongst tenants under 35, The Hyde Group. Role: member of project team.

2015 Housing Benefit for Young People, Crisis. Role: member of project team.

2014-2015 Benefit Sanctions and Homelessness, Crisis. Role: member of project team.

2014-2015 Sharing Solutions Programme Evaluation, Crisis. Role: member of project team.

2014 Evaluation of the Big Energy Savings Network, DECC. Role: member of project team.

2013-2015 Holocaust Memorial Day Impact Study, Holocaust Memorial Day Trust. Role: member of project team.

Selected research reports

Ambrose, A., McCarthy, L. and Pinder, J. (2017) Energy (in)efficiency: what tenants expect and endure in private rented housing. Sheffield: CRESR, Sheffield Hallam University.

Ambrose, A., McCarthy, L. and Pinder, J. (2017) Energy (in) efficiency: what tenants expect and endure in private rented housing - Research Summary. Sheffield: CRESR, Sheffield Hallam University.

Crisp, R., Gore, T. and McCarthy, L. (2017) Addressing transport barriers to work in low income neighbourhoods. Sheffield: CRESR, Sheffield Hallam University.

Bamonte, J., Bashir, N., Chowbey, P., Dayson, C., Gore, T., Ismail, M. and McCarthy, L. (2016) Increasing the uptake of primary and community long-term conditions services in Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) communities in Nottingham - an exploratory research study. Sheffield: CRESR, Sheffield Hallam University.

Bashir, N., Dayson, C., McCarthy, L. with Chowbey, P. and Ismail, M. (2016) Making the most of primary and community services: what works for BAME people with long-term conditions? Sheffield: CRESR, Sheffield Hallam University.

Bashir, N., Dayson, C., McCarthy, L. with Chowbey, P. and Ismail, M. (2016) Making the most of primary and community services: what works for BAME people with long-term conditions? Research Summary. Sheffield: CRESR, Sheffield Hallam University.

Crisp, R., McCarthy, L., Parr, S. and Pearson, S. (2016) Community-led approaches to reducing poverty in neighbourhoods: A review of evidence and practice. York: Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

McCarthy, L., Ambrose, A., and Pinder, J. (2016) Energy (In)Efficiency: Exploring what tenants expect and endure in the private rented sector in England. Kendal: Eaga Charitable Trust.

Ambrose, A., Eadson, W., Hickman, P. and McCarthy, L. (2015) Tenancy sustainment amongst those aged under 35. Sheffield: CRESR, Sheffield Hallam University.

Ambrose, A., Eadson, W., Hickman, P. and McCarthy, L. (2015) Tenancy sustainment amongst those aged under 35: executive summary. Sheffield: CRESR, Sheffield Hallam University.

Batty, E., Beatty, C., Casey, R., Foden, M., McCarthy, L. and Reeve, K. (2015) Homeless people’s experiences of welfare conditionality and benefit sanctions. London: Crisis.

Batty, E., Beatty, C., Casey, R., Foden, M., McCarthy, L. and Reeve, K. (2015) Homeless people’s experiences of welfare conditionality and benefit sanctions: Executive Summary. London: Crisis.

Batty, E., Cole, I., Green, S., McCarthy, L. and Reeve, K. (2015) Evaluation of the Sharing Solutions programme. London: Crisis.

Beatty, C., Foden, M., McCarthy, L. and Reeve, K. (2015) Benefit sanctions and homelessness: a scoping report. London: Crisis.

Cole, I., Green, S., McCarthy, L. and Pattison, B. (2015)  Evidence Review on the Impact of the Existing Right to Buy and the Implications of Its Extension to the Housing Association Sector.

Cole, I., McCarthy, L., Preece, J. and Robinson, D. (2015) Housing for Older People: A Literature Review. Sheffield: CRESR, Sheffield Hallam University.

Academic publications

McCarthy, L. (2013) Homelessness and identity: a critical review of the literature and theory. People, Place and Policy, 7 (1), pp. 46-58. 

McCarthy, L. (2013) 'It's coming from the Heart': Exploring a Student's Experiences of 'Home' using Participatory Visual Methods. Graduate Journal of Social Science, 10 (2), pp. 76-105. 

Recent Conference and Seminar Papers

McCarthy, L. (2017) Homeless women, material objects and the making of 'home'. The Precariousness of Housing: (in)equality, (in)security, (in)stability and the growing financialisation of the housing system, Housing Studies Association Conference, University of York, April 2017. 

McCarthy, L., Bashir, N., and Powell, R. (2016) Residential segregation, class and the neglected middle: housing orientations and anxieties in Sheffield, UK. Housing at the extremes: austerity, prosperity, and systems change, Housing Studies Association Conference, University of York, April 2016. 

McCarthy, L. (2015) The unhomely home: women, home-lessness and the unheimlich. Housing the Generations: Justice, Inequality and the Implications of Political Change, Housing Studies Association Conference, University of York, April 2015.

McCarthy, L. (2013) Re-visualizing the Visual: forging feminist informed participatory visual methodologies. New Geographical Frontiers: Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) Annual Conference, London, August 2013. 

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Key clients

Crisis
Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC)
Holocaust Memorial Day Trust
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