Dr Sadie Parr

Job title: 
Research Fellow, PhD

Phone 0114 225 2904

Sadie Parr is a Research Fellow at CRESR. She has a longstanding interest in the experiences of multiply disadvantaged adults, children and families including the analysis of policies and support services designed to meet their needs. Within this broad area, Sadie has particular research expertise in intensive family support services, the role of new social care professionals, inter-agency working, homeless people with complex needs. Through this work, she has developed a sustained interest in engaging with social theory to critically understand governing practices, policy implementation processes, political agency and the role of the state in the lives of people and families deemed 'troublesome'. Sadie's research generally has a policy orientation and has been funded by a range of statutory and third-sector clients including the Big Lottery, local authorities, Home Office, Department for Education and DCLG. Methodologically her interests are focused around qualitative methods such as in-depth interviewing, focus groups and discourse analysis. Sadie has authored numerous research reports as well as articles in peer-reviewed academic journals and edited books.

Research interests

Sadie has wide ranging research interests including

  • governance of incivility and public safety
  • interface between crime control and broader social policies
  • anti-social behaviour policy agenda
  • family and parenting policies. 

Current research projects

Please contact me for further details about these research projects and for summaries of the findings.

2016-2019 Children’s Communities Evaluation, Save the Children.

2016-2017 Exploring the mental health needs of Nottingham’s homeless population, Nottingham City CCG.

2016-2018 Evaluation of the Trussel Trust More Than Food programme.

2015-2018 Evaluation of the Co-operative Working Model, Stoke City Council.

2014-2020 West Yorkshire Finding Independence Evaluation, Big Lottery Fund.

2013-2016 Evaluation of the Breakthrough Project for homeless people with complex needs, Cathedral Archer Project.

Selected research reports

Please contact me for further details about these research projects and for summaries of the findings.

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.

Parr, S., Batty, E., Reeve, K. and Sanderson, E. (2016) Breakthrough project evaluation: Final Report.  Sheffield: CRESR, Sheffield Hallam University.

Powell, R., Bashir, N., Crisp, R. and Parr, S.(2015) Talent Match Case Study Theme Report: Mental health and well-being. London: Big Lottery Fund.

Bashir, N., Parr, S., Platts-Fowler, D. and Robinson, D. (2012) Mainstreaming Community Cohesion: Guidance for Local Authorities in Wales. Sheffield: CRESR, Sheffield Hallam University.

Bennington, J., Parr, S., Powell, R. and Reeves, K. (2012) Scoping Study: Violence Against Women. London: Big Lottery.

Flint, J., Batty, E., Parr, S., Platts-Fowler, D., Nixon, J. and Sanderson, D. (2011) Evaluation of Intensive Intervention Projects. London: Department for Education.

Flint, J., Jones, A. and Parr, S. (2011) An evaluation of the sanction of Housing Benefit. Research Report No 728. London: Department for Work and Pensions.

Wells, P., Dayson, C. with Batty, E., Crisp, R. and Parr. S. (2011) Social Investment and its Impact: The Evaluation of Charity Bank in the North. Sheffield: CRESR, Sheffield Hallam University.

Parr, S., Powell, R. and Duffy, D. (2008) Social Fragmentation in English Housing Estates: A Review of the Evidence. London: Housing Corporation.

Nixon, J., Parr, S., Hunter, C., Sanderson, D. and Whittle, S. (2007) The longer-term outcomes associated with families who have worked with intensive family support projects. London: ODPM.

Hunter, C., Hodge, N., Nixon, J., Parr, S. and Willis, B. (2007) Disabled people's experiences of antisocial behaviour and harassment in social housing: a critical review. London: Disability Rights Commission.

Nixon, J., Hunter, C., Parr, S., Myers, S., Whittle, S. and Sanderson, D. (2006) Anti-Social Behaviour Intensive Family Support Projects: An evaluation of six pioneering projects. London: ODPM.

Nixon, J., Hunter, C., Parr, S., Myers, S., Whittle, S. and Sanderson, D. (2006) Interim Evaluation Of Rehabilitation Projects For Families At Risk Of Losing Their Homes As A Result Of Anti-Social Behaviour. London: ODPM.

Hunter, C., Blandy, S., Cowan, D., Nixon, J., Hitchings, E., Pantazis, C. and Parr, S. (2005) The Exercise of Judicial Discretion in Rent Arrears Cases. Department for Constitutional Affairs.

Hunter, C., Nixon, J. and Parr, S. (2004) What works for Victims and Witnesses of Anti-Social Behaviour. London: Home Office.

Academic publications

Parr, S. (2016) Explaining and Understanding State Intervention into the Lives of “Troubled” Families. Social Policy and Society, doi: 10.1017/S147474641600035X

Parr, S. (2015) Conceptualising ‘The Relationship’ in Intensive Key Worker Support as a Therapeutic Medium. Social Work Practice, DOI: 10.1080/02650533.2015.1073146.

Parr, S. (2015) Integrating critical realist and feminist methodologies: ethical and analytical dilemmas. International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 18 (2), pp. 193-207.

Parr, S. (2015) The Troubled Families Workforce and Occupational Identity: A Critical Introduction, In: Davies, K. (ed), Social Work with Troubled Families. Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

Parr, S. (2012) Intensive family casework with 'problem families': past and present. Family science, 2 (4), pp. 240-249.

Parr, S. (2011) Family Policy and the Governance of Anti-Social Behaviour in the UK: Women’s Experiences of Intensive Family Support. Journal of Social Policy, 40 (4), pp. 717-737.

Hunter, C., Nixon, J. and Parr, S. (2010) 'Mother Abuse: A Matter of Youth Justice', Child Welfare or Domestic Violence. Journal of Law and Society. 37 (2), pp. 264-84.

Parr, S. (2009) The role of social housing in the 'care' and 'control' of tenants with mental health problems. Social Policy and Society, 9 (1), pp. 111-222.

Parr, S. (2009) Confronting the Reality of Anti-Social Behaviour. Theoretical Criminology, 13 (3), pp. 363-381.

Parr, S. and Nixon, J. (2009) Family Intervention Projects: sites of subversion and resilience, In: Barnes, M. and Prior, D. (Eds), Subversive Citizens Power, Agency and Resistance in Public Services. Bristol: Policy Press.

Nixon, J. and Parr, S. (2008) Family Intervention Projects and the Efficacy of Parenting Interventions, In: Blyth, M. and Soloman, E. (eds). Prevention and Youth Crime: Is early intervention working? Bristol: Policy Press.

Parr, S. and Nixon, J. (2008) Rationalising Family Intervention Projects, In: Squires, P. (Ed). ASBO Nation: The Criminalisation of Nuisance. Bristol: Policy Press.

Parr, S. (2008) Family Intervention Projects: A Site of Social Work Practice. British Journal of Social Work, 39 (7), pp. 111-122.

Nixon, J. and Parr, S. (2006) Anti-Social Behaviour: Voices from the Front Line, In: Flint, J. (ed). Housing, Urban Governance and Anti-Social Behaviour: Perspectives, Policy and Practice. Bristol: Policy Press.

PhD supervision

Sadie would welcome discussion on supervising students around any of the following areas

  • Multiply disadvantaged individuals and families
  • Family and parenting support
  • Interventions for those with multiple needs
  • The role of social work, new social care professions and inter-professional working  
  • Governing practices and processes in social policy
  • Homelessness

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Department of Children School and Families
Home Office
Housing Corporation
Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council
Scottish Government
Wakefield District Partnership
Yorkshire Forward
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