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.
- Energy poverty and energy vulnerability
- Housing and health
- psychosocial determinants of 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.
- Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research
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.
Middlemiss, L., Ambrosio Albala, P., Emmel, N., Gillard, R., Gilbertson, J., Hargreaves, T., ... Tod, A. (2019). Energy poverty and social relations: a capabilities approach. Energy research & social science, 55, 227-235. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.erss.2019.05.002
Cronin De Chavez, A., Gilbertson, J., Tod, A., Nelson, P., Powell-Hoyland, V., Homer, C., ... Thomas, B. (2017). Using environmental monitoring to complement in-depth qualitative interviews in cold homes research. Indoor and Built Environment, 26 (7), 937-950. http://doi.org/10.1177/1420326X17719491
Ambrose, A., Eadson, W., & Gilbertson, J. (2016). Editorial: PPP special issue – International Perspectives on Fuel Poverty. People, Place and Policy, 10 (1), 1-4. http://doi.org/10.3351/ppp.0010.0001.0001
Maidment, C.D., Jones, C.R., Webb, T.L., Hathway, E.A., & Gilbertson, J. (2014). The impact of household energy efficiency measures on health: A meta-analysis. Energy Policy, 65, 583-593. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.enpol.2013.10.054
Gilbertson, J., Grimsley, M., & Green, G. (2012). Psychosocial routes from housing investment to health: evidence from England’s home efficiency scheme. Energy Policy, 49, 122-133. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.enpol.2012.01.053
Gilbertson, J., & Wilson, I. (2009). Measuring participation at a local level: be careful what you ask for! People, Place & Policy Online, 3 (2), 78-91. http://doi.org/10.3351/ppp.0003.0002.0002
Hong, S.H., Gilbertson, J., Oreszczyn, T., Green, G., & Ridley, I. (2009). A field study of thermal comfort in low-income dwellings in England before and after energy efficient refurbishment. Building and Environment, 44 (6), 1228-1236. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.buildenv.2008.09.003
Critchley, R., Gilbertson, J., Grimsley, M., & Green, G. (2007). Living In Cold Homes After Heating Improvements: Evidence From Warm Front, England's Home Energy Efficiency Scheme. Applied Energy, 84 (2), 147-158. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.apenergy.2006.06.001
Gilbertson, J., & Manning, J. (2006). Social participation and social capital in South Yorkshire Coalfield Communities. Voluntary action, 8 (1), 22-38. http://voluntaryaction.ivr.org.uk/
Gilbertson, J., Stevens, M., Stiell, B., & Thorogood, N. (2006). Home is where the hearth is: grant recipients' views of England's home energy efficiency scheme (Warm Front). Social science and medicine, 63 (4), 946-956. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2006.02.021
Green, G., Gilbertson, J.M., & Grimsley, M.F.J. (2002). Fear of crime and health in residential tower blocks: A case study in Liverpool, UK. European Journal of Public Health, 12 (1), 10-15. http://doi.org/10.1093/eurpub/12.1.10
Green, G., & Gilbertson, J. (1999). The impact of housing and investment on the health and quality of life of low income residents. Open House International, 24 (1), 41-53.
Green, G., Ormandy, D., Brazier, J., & Gilbertson, J. (2000). Tolerant building: The impact of energy efficiency measures on living conditions and health status. In Rudge, J., & Nicol, F. (Eds.) Cutting the cost of cold: affordable warmth for healthier homes. London: E&FN SPON
Gilbertson, J., Dayson, C., & Leather, D. (2020). An Evaluation of the Impact of Weston Park Cancer Support Centre. http://doi.org/10.7190/cresr.2019.3247799239
Gilbertson, J., Bashir, N., Mccarthy, L., & Tod, A. (2019). An Evaluation of Age UK's Person Centred Discharge Pathfinder Programme. Sheffield Hallam University Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research. http://doi.org/10.7190/cresr.2019.7329927279
Gilbertson, J., Hampshaw, S., Stocks, A., & Wolstenholme, D. (2019). Doncaster Discharge Project : a research based resource to put patient voice at the heart of the commissioning process. NHS Doncaster Clinical Commissioning Group. https://www4.shu.ac.uk/research/cresr/sites/shu.ac.uk/files/doncaster-discharge-project-report.pdf
Bradley, J., Chapman, M., Damm, C., Farnsworth, V., Ferguson, A., Gilbertson, J., ... Wolstenholme, D. (2019). Being Warm – Being Happy (BWBH) : understanding disability, fuel poverty and energy vulnerability for adults with a learning disability : final report. EAGA Charitable Trust. https://www4.shu.ac.uk/research/cresr/sites/shu.ac.uk/files/being-warm-being-happy.pdf
Gilbertson, J., Leather, D., Mccarthy, L., & Wilson, I. (2018). An evaluation of Cash Smart Credit Savvy: Final Report. Sheffield: Sheffield Hallam University. http://www4.shu.ac.uk/research/cresr/sites/shu.ac.uk/files/eval-cash-smart-credit-savvy-final-report.pdf
Ambrose, A., Bashir, N., Foden, M., Gilbertson, J., Green, G., & Stafford, B. (2018). Better housing, better health in London Lambeth : the Lambeth Housing standard health impact assessment and cost benefit analysis. Sheffield: Sheffield Hallam University. http://www4.shu.ac.uk/research/cresr/sites/shu.ac.uk/files/better-housing-better-health-london-lambeth.pdf
Damm, C., Dayson, C., Gilbertson, J., & Pearson, S. (2016). Stockport Targeted Prevention Programme Evaluation: Final Report. Sheffield: Sheffield Hallam University. http://www4.shu.ac.uk/research/cresr/sites/shu.ac.uk/files/stockport-targeted-prevention-alliance.pdf
Bennett, E., Dayson, C., Eadson, W., Gilbertson, J., & Tod, A. (2016). Warm safe and well: the evaluation of the Warm at Home Programme. Sheffield: Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research, Sheffield Hallam University. http://www4.shu.ac.uk/research/cresr/sites/shu.ac.uk/files/warm-safe-well-eval-warm-home-programme.pdf
Ambrose, A., Damm, C., Foden, M., Gilbertson, J., & Pinder, J. (2016). Delivering Affordability Assistance to water customers: cross sector lessons. Sheffield: Sheffield Hallam University. http://www4.shu.ac.uk/research/cresr/sites/shu.ac.uk/files/delivering-affordability-assistance-water-customers.pdf
Bashir, N., Gilbertson, J., Haywood, A., Holding, E., & Tod, A. (2016). Doncaster Hospital Discharge Pathway Study: Final report. Sheffield: Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research, Sheffiled Hallam University. http://www4.shu.ac.uk/research/cresr/sites/shu.ac.uk/files/doncaster-hospital-discharge-pathway-study-final.pdf
Taylor, P., Davies, L., Wells, P., Gilbertson, J., & Tayleur, W. (2015). A review of the social impacts of culture and sport. Department for Culture, Media and Sport. https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/416279/A_review_of_the_Social_Impacts_of_Culture_and_Sport.pdf
Bashir, N., Cronin De Chavez, A., Gilbertson, J., Tod, A., Sanderson, E., & Wilson, I. (2013). An Evaluation of the FILT Warm Homes Service. Sheffield: Sheffield Hallam University. http://www4.shu.ac.uk/research/cresr/sites/shu.ac.uk/files/eval-filt-warm-homes.pdf
Gilbertson, J., & Batty, E. (2011). An Evaluation of 'Passion for Life': Final Report. Sheffield: Sheffield Hallam University. http://www4.shu.ac.uk/research/cresr/sites/shu.ac.uk/files/evaluation-passion-life.pdf
Green, G., & Gilbertson, J. (2008). Warm Front Better Health: Health Impact Evaluation of the Warm Front Scheme. Sheffield: CRESR. http://www4.shu.ac.uk/research/cresr/sites/shu.ac.uk/files/warm-front-health-impact-eval.pdf
Gilbertson, J., Green, G., Ormandy, D., & Thomson, H. (2006). Good Housing Good Health? A review and recommendations for housing and health practitioners. Housing Corporation and Housing Learning and Improvement Network. https://www4.shu.ac.uk/research/cresr/sites/shu.ac.uk/files/good-housing-good-health.pdf
Gilbertson, J., & Manning, J. (2006). The dynamic of social capital, health and economy: volunteering social capital and civic engagement in South Yorkshire coalfield communities. CRESR, Sheffield Hallam University.