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Jan Gilbertson

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

Phone 0114 225 2977
E-mail j.m.gilbertson@shu.ac.uk

Jan Gilbertson is a Senior Research Fellow in the Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research with fifteen years' experience. She has an MA in Social Science Research Methods and expertise in both quantitative and qualitative methods including longitudinal survey work and qualitative interviewing. Jan has successfully undertaken and managed research for a wide range of clients including DEFRA, DECC, CLG, the Housing Corporation, the BIG Lottery, Groundwork, local authorities, Primary Care Trusts and the Economic and Social Research Council.

Jan's expertise centres on issues of health and wellbeing in the urban environment, including the psychosocial determinants of health, fuel poverty, and the links between urban policy interventions, social capital and health issues. This work included a major role in the national health impact evaluation of the Government's Warm Front Scheme.  With colleagues from London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and University College London Jan was involved in a project for the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) which developed a model to quantify the health impacts of domestic energy efficiency measures. Jan worked with Rotherham MBC and Rotherham NHS to understand private landlords' requirements in preparing for the Green Deal in order to maximise potential benefits from the scheme and managed a study to assess the impact of EDF Energy Trust charitable grants in alleviating fuel debt. More recently she managed a project for Foundations Independent Living Trust which evaluated the impact of a Warm Homes Service aimed at helping older and vulnerable people at risk from cold weather and to prevent cold related harm and illness. Jan is currently working on an evaluation of the Big Energy Saving Network and the Low Carbon Pioneer Cities Heat Network projects both for DECC.  She is also managing the evaluation of the Supporting and Maintaining Independence Programme for Doncaster MBC.

Jan also has a track record of undertaking research for the voluntary and community sector and examining the impact of volunteering. She was Principal Investigator of an ESRC project which examined methodological issues related to measuring participation at a local level. Recently, Jan has evaluated the impact of a volunteering programme in Doncaster which aimed to empower older people achieve a healthy lifestyle, an evaluation of a financial capability project in Sheffield and a project assessing the impact of the voluntary and community sector in Derbyshire.

Research interests

  • impact of housing investment on health and quality of life
  • health impact assessment
  • psychosocial determinants of health
  • fuel poverty issues
  • social capital and health
  • regeneration and neighbourhood change
  • qualitative and quantitative research methods
  • measuring local participation and volunteering.

Recent Research Projects

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

2013-2014 An evaluation of the Foundations Independent Living Trust (FILT) Warm Homes Service, FILT, and CLAHRC.

2013-2014 Low Carbon Pioneer Cities Heat Networks Project: a process evaluation, DECC.

2014 An evaluation of the Big Energy Saving Network, DECC.

2013-2015 An evaluation of Oldham Warm Homes Project, Oldham Council.

2014-2016 An evaluation of the Supporting and Maintaining Independence Programme, Doncaster MBC.

2012 Preparing for the Green Deal, Rotherham MBC and Rotherham NHS.

2011-2012 Research into the effectiveness of the EDF Energy Trust grant funding programme, EDF Energy Trust / Charis Grants.

2011-2012 BIG Outsourcing Grant Making, The BIG Lottery.

2011 Quantifying comfort and monetising the health impact of energy efficiency improvements, Department of Energy and Climate Change.

2011 The Voluntary and Community Sector in Derbyshire, Voice for the Voluntary Sector.

2010–2011 An Evaluation of Doncaster's Passion for life programme, NHS Doncaster and Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council (DMBC).

Selected research reports

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

Ambrose, A., Bashir, N., Foden, M., Gilbertson, J., Green, G. and Stafford, B. (2018) Better Housing, Better Health in London Lambeth. Sheffield: CRESR, Sheffield Hallam University.

Gilbertson, J., Leather, D., McCarthy, L. and Wilson, I. (2018) An evaluation of Cash Smart Credit Savvy: Final Report. Sheffield: CRESR, Sheffield Hallam University.

Ambrose, A., Damm, C., Foden, M., Gilbertson, J. and Pinder, J. (2016) Delivering Affordability Assistance to water customers: cross sector lessons. Sheffield: CRESR, Sheffield Hallam University.

Bashir, N., Gilbertson, J., Haywood, A., Holding, E. and Tod, A. (2016) Doncaster Hospital Discharge Pathway Study: Final Report. Sheffield: CRESR, Sheffield Hallam University.

Bennett, E., Dayson, C., Eadson, W., Gilbertson, J. and Tod, A. (2016) Warm, safe and well: The Evaluation of the Warm at Home Programme - Summary report. Glossop: Foundations Independent Living Trust (FILT).

Bennett, E., Dayson, C., Eadson, W., Gilbertson, J. and Tod, A. (2016) Warm, safe and well: The Evaluation of the Warm at Home Programme. Glossop: Foundations Independent Living Trust (FILT).

Cole, I., Gilbertson, J. and Reeve, K. (2016) Evaluation of the prepaid card live test. London: DWP.

Damm, C., Dayson, C., Gilbertson, J. and Pearson, S. (2016) Stockport Targeted Prevention Alliance. Sheffield: CRESR, Sheffield Hallam University.

Reeve, K., Cole, I. and Gilbertson, J. (2016) Research Summary - Evaluation of the prepaid card live test: Final report. London: DWP.

Ambrose, A., Eadson, W. and Pinder, J. with Gilbertson, J. and O'Flaherty, F. (2015) Low Carbon Pioneer Cities Heat Networks Project: a process evaluation. London: DECC.

Bashir, N., Gilbertson, J., Haywood, A., Holding, E. and Tod, A. (2015) Doncaster Hospital Discharge Pathway Study: Interim Findings Report. Sheffield: CRESR, Sheffield Hallam University.

Taylor, P., Davies, L., Wells, P., Gilbertson, J. and Tayleur, W. (2015) A review of the Social Impacts of Culture and Sport. London: Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).

Bashir, N., Crisp, R., Dayson, C. and Gilbertson, J. (2013) Final evaluation of the Volunteering for Stronger Communities programme. London: NCVO.

Bashir, N., Cronin de Chavez, A., Gilbertson, J., Tod, A., Sanderson, E. and Wilson, I. (2013) An evaluation of the FILT Warm Homes Service. Glossop: Foundations Independent Living Trust (FILT).

Bashir, N., Cronin de Chavez, A., Gilbertson, J., Tod, A., Sanderson, E. and Wilson, I. (2013) An evaluation of the FILT Warm Homes Service: Summary Report. Glossop: Foundations Independent Living Trust (FILT).

Dayson, C., Gilbertson, J., Morgan, G. and Walshaw, A. (2012) EDF Energy Trust Research Project. Sheffield: CRESR, Sheffield Hallam University.

Gilbertson, J. and Batty E. (2011) An Evaluation of 'Passion for life': Final Report. Sheffield: CRESR, Sheffield Hallam University.

Wells, P., Gilbertson, J., Gore, T. and Crowe, M. (2011) A Big Society in Yorkshire and Humber? Sheffield: CRESR, Sheffield Hallam University.

Wells, P., Gilbertson, J., Gore, T. and Crowe, M. (2010) Measuring the Big Society? Approaches, problems and suggested improvements. Final Report. Sheffield: CRESR, Sheffield Hallam University.

Gilbertson, J., Green, G., Ormandy, D. and Stafford, B. (2008) Decent Homes Better Health: Ealing Decent Homes Health Impact Assessment.Sheffield: CRESR, Sheffield Hallam University.

Gilbertson, J., Green, G. and Pugh, P. (2008) Healthy Ageing in the City of Sunderland. Sheffield: CRESR, Sheffield Hallam University.

Green, G. and Gilbertson, J. (2008) Health Impact Evaluation of the Warm Front Scheme. Sheffield: CRESR, Sheffield Hallam University.

Gilbertson, J., Green, G. and Ormandy, D. (2006) Decent Homes better health. Sheffield: CRESR, Sheffield Hallam University.

Gilbertson, J., Green, G., with Ormandy, D. and Thomson, H. (2006) Good Housing Good Health?  A review and recommendations for housing and health practitioners.  Sector Study Report for the Housing Corporation and the Housing Learning Improvement Network in the Care Services Improvement Partnership at the Department of Health.  London: Housing Corporation.

Gilbertson, J. and Manning, J. (2006) The dynamic of social capital, health and economy. Volunteering social capital and civic engagement in South Yorkshire coalfield communities. Sheffield: CRESR, Sheffield Hallam University.

Cole, I., Gilbertson, J., Green, S., Hart, M., Tyler, P. and Warnock, C. (2005) Changing the Skyline: The Legacy of Liverpool Housing Action Trust. Sheffield: CRESR, Sheffield Hallam University.

Gilbertson, J., Green, G., Grimsley, M. and Manning, J. (2005) The dynamic of social capital, health and economy. Sheffield: CRESR, Sheffield Hallam University.

Critchley, R., Gilbertson, J., Green, G. and Grimsley, M. (2004) Housing investment and health in Liverpool. Sheffield: CRESR, Sheffield Hallam University.

Academic publications

Ambrose, A., Eadson, W. and Gilbertson, J. (2016) Editorial: PPP special issue – International Perspectives on Fuel Poverty. People, Place and Policy, 10 (1), pp. 1-4. DOI: 10.3351/ppp.0010.0001.0001

Maidment. C., Jones. C.R., Webb. T.L., Hathway. A.E. and Gilbertson, J.M. (2014) The Impact of household energy efficiency measures on health: A Meta-Analysis. Energy Policy, 65, pp 583-593.

Grimsley, M., Gilbertson, J. and Green, G. for the Warm Front Study Group (2012) Psychosocial routes from housing investment to health gain. Evidence from England's home energy efficiency scheme. Energy Policy, 49, pp. 122–133.

Gilbertson, J. and Wilson, I. (2009) Measuring participation at a local level: Be careful what you ask for! People Place and Policy Online, 3 (2), pp. 78-91.

Hong, S. H., Gilbertson, J., Oreszczyn, T., Green, G. and Ridley, I. (the Warm Front Study Group) (2009) A field study of thermal comfort in low-income dwellings in England before and after energy efficient refurbishment. Building and Environment, 44, pp. 1228-1236.

Critchley, R; Gilbertson, J., Grimsley, M. and Green, G. (And the Warm Front Study Group) (2007) Living In Cold Homes after Heating Improvements Evidence from Warm Front, England's Home Energy Efficiency Scheme. Applied Energy, 84, pp. 147-158.

Gilbertson, J., Stevens, M., Stiell, B. and Thorogood, N. (For the Warm Front Study Group) (2006) Home is where the hearth is. Grant recipients views of the Warm Front Scheme. Social Science and Medicine, 63, pp. 946-956.

Gilbertson, J. and Manning, J. (2006) Social participation and social capital in South Yorkshire coalfield communities. Voluntary Action, 8 (1).

Green, G., Gilbertson, J. and Grimsley, M. (2002) Fear of Crime and Health in Residential Tower Blocks: A Case Study in Liverpool, UK. European Journal of Public Health, 12 (1), pp. 10-15.

Recent conference and seminar papers

Please contact me for a copy of the following

Tod, A.M., Homer, C., Gilbertson, J. and Green, G. (2011)Crystallized intelligence an asset for health. Assets for health and wellbeing across the life course:International Conference 2011. British Library Conference Centre, London Sept 26-27.

Gilbertson, J. and Wilson, I. (2010) Measuring participation at a local level: what you ask for is what you get! Presentation for Volunteering Counts Conference, 1–2 March 2010.

Gilbertson, J. and Wilson, I. (2009) Finding the right questions: Overcoming methodological difficulties associated with measuring participation at a local level. NCVO Conference, September 2009.

Gilbertson, J. and Green, G. (2006) The dynamic of health social capital, health and economy. Presentation to South Yorkshire Research Forum Dissemination Event, Barnsley 28 February.

Gilbertson, J., Green, G. and Grimsley, M. (2005) The impact of housing investment on health and well being. Colloque International Substandard housing and health conference, Paris May 20–21.

Gilbertson, J. and Manning, J. (2005) Volunteering, civic engagement and trust in South Yorkshire coalfield communities. Volunteering Research: Frontiers and Horizons conference, Birmingham 28–29 November.

Green, G., Gilbertson, J. and Grimsley, M. (2004) The Warm Front Scheme - the impact of energy efficiency measures on the health and quality of life of grant recipients. Seminar to INLOGOV, University of Birmingham 13 May.

Green, G., Gilbertson, J. and Grimsley, M. (2004) Psychosocial routes to health gain. 2nd WHO Housing and Health Symposium, Vilnius Lithuania September 29–1 October.

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Key clients

Barnsley Primary Care Trust
Big Lottery Fund
Department for Communities and Local Government
Doncaster East Primary Care Trust
Doncaster NHS
Doncaster Primary Care Trust
Ealing Homes Ltd
Economic and Social Research Council
Housing Corporation
Volunteering England
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