Dr Emma Bimpson

Dr Emma Bimpson BA (Hons), MA, PhD

Research Fellow, BA (Hons), MA, PhD


Summary

Dr Emma Bimpson is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research. Emma has both academic and practice-based expertise in local housing welfare systems, specifically in the social and private rented sectors. Emma's research is largely qualitative and focuses on housing and disadvantage, women and family homelessness, and the intersections between housing, care and support services. Emma’s research at CRESR has included government-commissioned research and evaluations, such as housing enforcement, and homelessness and health care interventions for people with complex social support needs. Other recent funders include Welsh Government, Age UK, and the Nuffield Foundation. Emma’s publications include a range of policy-focused evaluations, and academic publication based on a recent research project exploring motherhood and homelessness.

About

Emma’ academic research expertise build upon over a decade’s experience working within social and supported housing services. Her thesis explored the restructuring of local housing welfare systems through the lens of austerity and financialisation, through the accounts of housing and support providers within a city-based case study. Since completing her PhD, Emma has led an evaluation of a Housing First project for sex working women (Basis Yorkshire), been part of a large number of research projects exploring housing and exclusion, and undertaken large government commissioned research and evaluations including Supported Housing, Local Authority enforcement of the PRS, and Rough Sleeper Initiatives.

Emma has particular interests in the experience of women and families experiencing housing precarity, and in the intersections between housing, health and social care. These issues underpinned research exploring the experience of homelessness, family separation, and maternal identity.

Emma's research interests include:

  • Welfare governance
  • Housing and marginalisation
  • Women and family homelessness
  • Housing, health and social care

Teaching

Housing Subject Group.


Research

2023 Supported Housing Research, DLUHC. Role, Member of research team.

2023 Understanding Women’s Need for Safe Space: Evaluation of The Sanctuary at the Marylebone Project, Church Army. Role: Project Manager.

2022-2024 Holding onto Home: Tenancy Sustainment in Social Housing, Nuffield Foundation. Role: Member of research team.

2019-2021 Social Impact Audit. Man GPM. Role, Member of research team.

2020- 2021 Research into local authority enforcement in the private rented sector and property guardianship, DLHUC. Role: Member of research team.

2020 Rough Sleeping and Complex Needs: A Process Evaluation, DLHUC. Role: Member of research team.

2020 Evaluation of Welsh Government’s Innovative Housing Programme, Welsh Government. Role: Member of research team.

2019-2021 Leeds Neighbourhood Network Evaluation, Centre for Ageing Better. Role: Member of research team.

2019-2020 Rough Sleeping Grant Evaluation, Public Health England. Role: Member of research team.

2018-2019 Motherhood and homelessness – Intersectional challenges of parenting, health and identity. Role: Member of  research team.

 

Publications

Journal articles

Dayson, C., Bimpson, E., Ellis-Paine, A., Gilbertson, J., & Kara, H. (2021). The ‘resilience’ of community organisations during the COVID 19 pandemic: absorptive, adaptive and transformational capacity during a crisis response. Voluntary Sector Review. http://doi.org/10.1332/204080521X16190270778389

Bimpson, E., Parr, S., & Reeve, K. (2020). Governing homeless mothers: the unmaking of home and family. Housing Studies. http://doi.org/10.1080/02673037.2020.1853069

Gore, T., Bimpson, E., Dobson, J., & Parkes, S. (n.d.). Path Clearing, Policy Acceleration or Trend Reinforcement: Potential Implications of Selected Local Government Responses to Covid-19 in the UK. International Review of Public Policy, 5 (3). http://doi.org/10.4000/irpp.3872

Book chapters

Dayson, C., Bimpson, E., Ellis Paine, A., Gilbertson, J., & Kara, H. (2022). Voluntary Sector Organisations, Older People and Healthy Ageing During the COVID-19 Pandemic. In Rees, J., Macmillan, R., Dayson, C., Damm, C., & Bynner, C. (Eds.) COVID-19 and the Voluntary and Community Sector in the UK: Responses, Impacts and Adaptation. Policy Press: https://policy.bristoluniversitypress.co.uk/covid-19-and-the-voluntary-and-community-sector-in-the-uk

Reports

Hickman, P., Reeve, K., Bimpson, E., Lamb, M., Manzi, T., & Speake, B. (2023). Engaging with tenants to sustain their tenancies: insights from interviews with case study stakeholders. Nuffield Foundation. https://www.shu.ac.uk/centre-regional-economic-social-research/publications/engaging-with-tenants-to-sustain-their-tenancies

Hickman, P., Reeve, K., Bimpson, E., Lamb, M., Manzi, T., & Speake, A. (2023). Engaging with tenants to sustain their tenancies: insights from interviews with case study stakeholders - Summary. Nuffield Foundation. https://www.shu.ac.uk/centre-regional-economic-social-research/publications/engaging-with-tenants-to-sustain-their-tenancies-summary

Bimpson, E., Dayson, C., Ellis Paine, A., Gilbertson, J., Karagic, H., & Leather, D. (2023). Evaluation of the Leeds Neighbourhood Networks: Understanding equity of offer, access and resources. Centre for Ageing Better. https://www.shu.ac.uk/centre-regional-economic-social-research/publications/understanding-equity-of-offer-access-and-resources

Bimpson, E., & Manzi, T. (2022). Drivers of rent arrears in social housing: an evidence review. Nuffield Foundation. https://www.shu.ac.uk/centre-regional-economic-social-research/publications/drivers-of-rent-arrears-in-social-housing

Bimpson, E., Reeve, K., Batty, E., Chambers, J., Goodchild, B., Mccarthy, L., ... Wilson, I. (2022). Local authority enforcement in the private rented sector: headline report. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/local-authority-enforcement-in-the-private-rented-sector-headline-report/local-authority-enforcement-in-the-private-rented-sector-headline-report

Bimpson, E., Green, H., & Reeve, K. (2021). Women, homelessness and violence: what works? Centre for Homelessness Impact. https://www.shu.ac.uk/centre-regional-economic-social-research/projects/all-projects/women-homelessness-and-violence-what-works

Ambrose, A., Gilbertson, J., Speake, B., Bimpson, E., Mccarthy, L., & Ramsden, S. (2021). Cross-sector review of affordability support: an evidence review for the Consumer Council for Water. Sheffield Hallam University, Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research. http://doi.org/10.7190/cresr.2021.6894611266

Gore, A., Bimpson, E., Dobson, J., & Parkes, S. (2021). Local Government Responses to the COVID-19 Pandemic in the UK: A Thematic Review. Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research, Sheffield Hallam University. https://www.shu.ac.uk/centre-regional-economic-social-research/publications/local-government-responses-to-the-covid19-pandemic-in-the-uk-a-thematic-review

Dayson, C., Bimpson, E., Ellis-Paine, A., Gilbertson, J., & Kara, H. (2020). The role of the Leeds Neighbourhood Networks during the COVID-19 pandemic. Centre for Ageing Better. https://www.shu.ac.uk/centre-regional-economic-social-research/publications/the-role-of-the-leeds-neighbourhood-networks-during-the-covid-19-pandemic

Dayson, C., Bimpson, E., Ellis-Paine, A., Gilbertson, J., & Kara, H. (2020). Ever more needed? The role of the Leeds Neighbourhood Networks during the COVID-19 pandemic. Centre for Ageing Better. https://www.shu.ac.uk/centre-regional-economic-social-research/publications/the-role-of-the-leeds-neighbourhood-networks-during-the-covid-19-pandemic

Reeve, K., & Bimpson, E. (2020). Forgotten mothers: the case for a policy focus on the experiences of motherhood and homelessness. Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research, Sheffield Hallam University. https://www.shu.ac.uk/centre-regional-economic-social-research/publications/forgotten-mothers-the-case-for-a-policy-focus-on-the-experiences-of-motherhood-and-homelessness

Ambrose, A., Archer, T., & Bimpson, E. (2020). Research to identify early lessons emerging from the Innovative Housing Programme: Summary. Welsh Government. https://www.shu.ac.uk/centre-regional-economic-social-research/publications/research-to-identify-early-lessons-emerging-from-the-innovative-housing-programme-summary

Ambrose, A., Archer, T., & Bimpson, E. (2020). Research to identify early lessons emerging from the Innovative Housing Programme. Welsh Government. https://www.shu.ac.uk/centre-regional-economic-social-research/publications/research-to-identify-early-lessons-emerging-from-the-innovative-housing-programme

Bimpson, E., Reeve, K., & Parr, S. (2020). Homeless mothers: Key research findings. UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence (CaCHE). https://www.shu.ac.uk/centre-regional-economic-social-research/publications/homeless-mothers-key-research-findings

Postgraduate supervision

Emma currently supervises a PhD exploring the intersections of gender and homelessness.

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