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Dr Lindsey McCarthy

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

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

Lindsey is a Research Fellow 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’.

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

2017-2018 Scaling up social lettings? Scope, impact and barriers, JRF and Nationwide

2017-2018 Addressing transport barriers to work in low income neighbourhoods, JRF

2017-2020 BRC First Call Evaluation, British Red Cross

2017-2018 An Evaluation of Cash Smart Credit Savvy, Church Urban Fund

2017-2018 Age UK Integrated Care Evaluation, Age UK

2016-2018 The mental health needs of Nottingham's homeless population, Nottingham CCG

Selected research reports

Archer, T., Green, S., Leather, D., McCarthy, L., Wilson, I., Robinson, D. and Tait, M. (2018) Older people's housing, care and support needs in Greater Cambridge 2017-2036. Sheffield: CRESR, Sheffield Hallam University.

Reeve, K., McCarthy, L., Pattison, B., Parr, S., Batty, E., Maye-Banbury, A., Bashir, N. and Dayson, C. (2018) The mental health needs of Nottingham's homeless population: an exploratory research study. Sheffield: CRESR, Sheffield Hallam University.

Reeve, K., McCarthy, L., Pattison, B., Parr, S., Batty, E., Maye-Banbury, A., Bashir, N. and Dayson, C. (2018) The mental health needs of Nottingham's homeless population: an exploratory research study - executive summary. 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. 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.

Batty, E., Foden, M., Green, S., McCarthy, L., Robinson, D. and Wilson, I. (2017) Evaluation of Extra Care Housing in Wales. Cardiff: Welsh Government.

Batty, E., Foden, M., Green, S., McCarthy, L., Robinson, D. and Wilson, I. (2017) Evaluation of Extra Care Housing in Wales: Executive Summary. Cardiff: Welsh Government.

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. (2017) (Re)conceptualising the boundaries between home and homelessness: the unheimlich. Housing Studies, DOI: 10.1080/02673037.2017.1408780 

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) The Private Rented Sector and Tenant-Landlord Relationships. Presentation to the ESRC Seminar Series: Energy Poverty, Social Relations and Vulnerability, 17th May 2017, University of Leeds, Leeds.

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. 

PhD supervision

Lindsey is currently second supervisor on one PhD, on the topic of

  • ‘The branding of welfare assistance: an exploration of in-work claimants’ experiences’ (Student: Sophie Negus)

She would welcome enquiries around supervising doctoral research in the following broad areas

  • Homelessness and housing exclusion
  • The meaning of home
  • Marginalisation and stigmatisation

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Key clients

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