Heriot-Watt University

Revolutionising help for the homeless

Heriot-Watt University’s Institute for Social Policy, Housing, Equalities Research (I-SPHERE) uses global research to drive change for people affected by extreme disadvantage.

I-SPHERE’s state-of-the-nation Homelessness Monitor provides an authoritative analysis of the homelessness impacts of economic and policy developments for each of the four UK countries.

Conceived by Professor Suzanne Fitzpatrick in collaboration with homeless charity Crisis, it has been pivotal in pioneering new homelessness prevention legislation (Homelessness Reduction Act 2017), securing an overhaul of official homelessness statistics in England, inspiring an Australian Homelessness Monitor and driving local authority homelessness strategies.

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