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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 at Sheffield Hallam University. She has an MA in Social Science Research Methods,extensive experience of working on collaborative and multi-disciplinary projects and expertise in both qualitative and quantitative research methods, project management and policy and programme evaluation. Jan has managed numerous evaluative studies and successfully undertaken research for a wide range of clients including the former DECC, DWP, the BIG Lottery, local authorities, the NHS, Age UK and the ESRC. Jan has considerable experience of in-depth qualitative interviewing and working with stakeholders in order to develop an understanding of decision-making processes, to gain insight into the views of programme/project staff and project users to assess the impacts and outcomes of interventions on beneficiaries.

Much of Jan’s work over the last decade or so has involved researching issues related to energy poverty, cold homes and health and the impact of various energy policy and affordable warmth initiatives on people living in vulnerable circumstances. This work included a major role in the national health impact evaluation of the Government's Warm Front Scheme. More recently Jan has directed and managed projects for Foundations Independent Living Trust which evaluated the impact of affordable warmth programmes aimed at helping older and vulnerable people at risk from cold weather, fuel poverty and cold related harm and illness. With colleagues at SHU Jan has developed and undertaken health impact assessments of the Decent Homes housing investment programmes, most recently in Lambeth, and has also provided expert advice to the University of Ulster’s health impact of Northern Ireland's Affordable Warmth programme for the Northern Ireland Executive. Jan advised on a project for Eaga Charitable Trust which examined the experience of fuel poverty and energy vulnerability for adults with a learning disability. She has also been working with colleagues at the University of Leeds and University of East Anglia conducting secondary analysis of existing qualitative data and examining the interaction of energy poverty and social relations and experiences of the energy market of the energy poor.

Jan also has a track record of undertaking research for the voluntary and community sector and has expertise in evaluating the impact of health and social care integration programmes and assessing their success in terms of their impact on health and wellbeing outcomes. She managed a Hospital Discharge research study which followed a cohort of mainly older patients to track patient and carer experience, impacts and outcomes and has undertaken an evaluation of a Person-Centred Discharge programme for Age UK.

Research interests

  • Energy poverty and energy vulnerability
  • Housing and health
  • Health impact of cold homes and fuel poverty on vulnerable groups
  • Impact of housing investment on health and quality of life
  • Social costs and benefits of housing improvements
  • Impact of energy efficiency measures on health and behaviour of vulnerable groups
  • Collaborative and multi-disciplinary projects
  • Qualitative and quantitative research methods
  • Project management.

Recent Research Projects

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

2019-2021 Evaluation of Leeds Neighbourhood Networks, Centre for Ageing Better. Role: Project manager.

2019-2020 An evaluation of Prioritise Me, Speakup Self Advocacy. Role: Project manager.

2019 An evaluation of the impact of Weston Park Cancer Support Centre, Weston Park cancer Support Centre. Role: Project manager.

2017-2019 Being Warm Being Happy: Understanding Disability Fuel Poverty and Energy Vulnerability for Adults with a Learning Disability (AWLD), Eaga Charitable Trust. Role: Advisory group member.

2017-2019 Home Temperatures in Later Life (HOTELL project), CLAHRC Yorkshire and Humber Research Capability Funds. Role: Co-Applicant.

2017 Energy Poverty and Social Relations, White Rose Collaboration, (Middlemiss, Ambrosio Albala, Emmel, Gillard, Gilbertson, Hargreaves, Mullen, Ryan, Snell, Tod).

2017-2018 Cash Smart Credit Savvy, Church Urban Fund. Role: Project director/manager.

2015-2018 JES-1396854ESRC Seminar Series The Health Impact of Cold Homes on Health, ESRC. Role:Co-applicant.

2015-2017 Health Impact of Lambeth Council's Lambeth Housing Standard, Lambeth Council. Role: Applicant and Project director/manager.

2015-2016 Evaluation of Wigan Deal for Warmth. Role: Expert Adviser.

2015-2016 Evaluation of the Foundations Independent Living Trust (FILT) SSE Warm at Home Programme, FILT. Role: Applicant and Project director/manager.

2014-2016 Evaluation of Stockport Council's People Powered Health Targeted Prevention Programme, Stockport Council and NESTA. Role: Project manager and Qualitative lead.

2014-2016 Evaluation of the Supporting and Maintaining Independence Programme (Better Care Fund), Doncaster MBC. Role: Project manager and Hospital Discharge Pathway study lead.

2015 Evaluation of DWP's Prepaid Card Test, DWP. Role: Applicant and Project director.

2013-2014 Evaluation of the Big Energy Saving Network, DECC. Role: Researcher.

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

2013 An evaluation of the Foundations Independent Living Trust (FILT) Warm Homes Service, FILT, and CLAHRC - SY. Role: Co-applicant and Project manager.

Selected research reports

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Dayson, C., Gilbertson, J. and Leather, D. (2020) An Evaluation of the Impact of Weston Park Cancer Support Centre. Sheffield: CRESR, Sheffield Hallam University.

McKenzie, P., Green, G., Gilbertson J., Stafford, B. and Cook, S. (2020) A Health Impact Analysis of the Affordable Warmth Programme: 2014-2018. Ulster University.

Speake, B. and Gilbertson, J. (2020) An evaluation of Prioritise Me. Speakup Self Advocacy.

Bashir, N., Gilbertson, J., McCarthy, L. and Tod, A. (2019) An Evaluation of Age UK's Person Centred Discharge Pathfinder Programme. Sheffield: CRESR, Sheffield Hallam University.

Bradley, J., Chapman, M., Damm, C., Farnsworth, V., Ferguson, A., Gilbertson, J., Owen, A., Stafford, B., Taylor, B., Tod, A. and Wolstenholme, D. (2019) Being Warm – Being Happy (BWBH). Kendal: Eaga Charitable Trust.

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

Middlemiss, L., Ambrosio Albala, P., Emmel, N., Gillard, R., Gilbertson, J., Hargreaves, T. and Tod, A. (2019) Energy poverty and social relations: a capabilities approachEnergy research & social science, 55, 227-235.

Cronin De Chavez, A., Gilbertson, J., Tod, A., Nelson, P., Powell-Hoyland, V., Homer, C. and Thomas, B. (2017) Using environmental monitoring to complement in-depth qualitative interviews in cold homes researchIndoor and Built Environment, 26 (7), 937-950.

Gilbertson, J. (2017) Minor home repairs bring major benefits to health. Health Services Journal, March 2017.

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.

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.

Green, G., Ormandy, D., Brazier, J. and Gilbertson, J. (2000) Tolerant building: The impact of energy efficiency measures on living conditions and health status. In: Rudge, J. and Nicol, F. (Eds.) Cutting the cost of cold: affordable warmth for healthier homes. London: E&FN SPON.

Green, G. and Gilbertson, J. (1999) The impact of housing and investment on the health and quality of life of low-income residentsOpen House International, 24 (1), 41-53.

Recent conference and seminar papers

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Gilbertson, J. (2019) Understanding Home Temperature in Later Life: The HOTELL project. Can we see what we feel? Thermal comfort in older people living in residential care. Doncaster Event 13th February 2019.

Gilbertson, J. (2018) Home Temperature in Later Life (HOTELL) project. Care75+ Celebration Event Bradford, 9th October 2018.

Gilbertson, J. (2018) An in-depth study of the patient experience of hospital discharge: Using research on the patient voice to improve services. Creating Knowledge Conference, SHU,18th June 2018.

Gilbertson, J. (2018) Warm Safe and Well: The evaluation of the Warm at Home Programme. End Fuel Poverty Coalition Seminar. ESRC Seminar Series: The health impact of cold homes and fuel poverty. London 6th February 2018.

Tod, A. and Gilbertson, J. (2017) Understanding and responding to the health impact of cold homes and fuel poverty. PHE Cold Weather Plan for England: Annual Seminar 26/09/17.

Gilbertson, J. and Green, G. (2015) Capturing the householder health experience: Overcoming barriers to warmth. 30th April 2015, Sheffield.

Gilbertson, J. and Green, G. (2013) Psychosocial routes from housing investment to health: Evidence from England's home energy efficiency scheme. Capturing the Multiple Benefits of Energy Efficiency Roundtable on Health & Well-being Impacts, European Environment Agency Headquarters, Thursday 18th & Friday 19th April 2013, Copenhagen, Denmark.

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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