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Elaine Batty

Elaine Batty BA (Hons), MA

Research Fellow


Elaine Batty is a Research Fellow at CRESR where she has worked for eighteen years. During this time Elaine has been involved in a diverse range of projects in the fields of housing, homelessness, welfare reform, and the voluntary and community sector.

  • About

    Her more recent work has focused on researching the experiences and needs of vulnerable and hard to reach groups including homeless populations, families in challenging circumstances, offenders, street sex workers, people with mental health and disadvantaged households.

    Elaine has extensive project management skills alongside significant experience of qualitative interviewing, in particular the use of visual methods. Elaine has authored articles in journals and research reports.

    Elaine has undertaken research mainly for the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), Communities and Local Government (CLG), CRSIS, the Big Lottery Fund, and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

    Research interests

    • qualitative research methods
    • biographical interviewing
    • community involvement in regeneration
    • homelessness
    • family intervention.
  • Research

    • Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research

    2017 -2019 Children's Communities, Save the children. Role: Member of the research team.

    2017- 2018 The value of small: evidencing the distinctive contribution of medium and small charities, Lloyds Bank Foundation. Role: Member of the research team.

    2017- 2018 Lewisham Borough Trailblazer Programme. Exploring the causes of Homelessness in Lewisham, Lewisham Borough Council Role: Member of the research team.

    2015 The mental health needs of Nottingham's homeless population, Notts CCG. Role: Member of the research team.

    2015 Homeless people's experiences of welfare conditionality and benefit sanctions, CRISIS. Role: Member of the research team.

    2014- 2018 Cooperative working in Stoke on Trent- helping those with complex needs, Stoke City Council. Role: Member of the research team.

    2013-2017 Making it Work Evaluation, Big Lottery Fund. Role: Member of research team.

    2013-2017 Sanctions, Support and Behaviour Change: Understanding the Role and Impact of Welfare Conditionality, ESRC. Role Team Member.

  • Publications

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