Motherhood and Homelessness - Intersectional challenges of Parenting, Health and Identity

Project Driector: Dr Kesia Reeve
Project Duration: 2019-2020

This project focuses on the maternal experiences and identities of homeless women. It will explore overlapping themes of motherhood, 'lost motherhood' (i.e. women who are separated from their children) and reproductive health in the context of homelessness. In doing so, it interrogates, critically, the binary distinction made in English homelessness legislation and policy between 'single' and 'family' homelessness that sees legislative frameworks act upon personal identities. The project begins with an empirical research study comprising in-depth narrative interviews with 40 homeless women. The study team also intend to develop the project further through events, symposia and networks of interested parties across the academy and beyond to share ideas and learning, develop partnerships, and support further funding bids.

The project team also includes Laura Kilby and Beth Speake (Sheffield Hallam University).

Project team

Research Associate, BA (Hons), MA, PhD
Principal Research Fellow, BA (Hons), PhD
Research Fellow, BA (Hons), MA, PhD
Research Fellow, PhD


Sheffield Hallam University
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