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Jan Gilbertson

Jan Gilbertson

Senior Research Fellow


Jan Gilbertson is a Senior Research Fellow in the Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research with fifteen years' experience. She has an MA in Social Science Research Methods and expertise in both quantitative and qualitative methods including longitudinal survey work and qualitative interviewing. Jan has successfully undertaken and managed research for a wide range of clients including DEFRA, DECC, CLG, the Housing Corporation, the BIG Lottery, Groundwork, local authorities, Primary Care Trusts and the Economic and Social Research Council.

  • About

    Jan's expertise centres on issues of health and wellbeing in the urban environment, including the psychosocial determinants of health, fuel poverty, and the links between urban policy interventions, social capital and health issues. This work included a major role in the national health impact evaluation of the Government's Warm Front Scheme. With colleagues from London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and University College London Jan was involved in a project for the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) which developed a model to quantify the health impacts of domestic energy efficiency measures. Jan worked with Rotherham MBC and Rotherham NHS to understand private landlords' requirements in preparing for the Green Deal in order to maximise potential benefits from the scheme and managed a study to assess the impact of EDF Energy Trust charitable grants in alleviating fuel debt. More recently she managed a project for Foundations Independent Living Trust which evaluated the impact of a Warm Homes Service aimed at helping older and vulnerable people at risk from cold weather and to prevent cold related harm and illness. Jan is currently working on an evaluation of the Big Energy Saving Network and the Low Carbon Pioneer Cities Heat Network projects both for DECC. She is also managing the evaluation of the Supporting and Maintaining Independence Programme for Doncaster MBC.

    Jan also has a track record of undertaking research for the voluntary and community sector and examining the impact of volunteering. She was Principal Investigator of an ESRC project which examined methodological issues related to measuring participation at a local level. Recently, Jan has evaluated the impact of a volunteering programme in Doncaster which aimed to empower older people achieve a healthy lifestyle, an evaluation of a financial capability project in Sheffield and a project assessing the impact of the voluntary and community sector in Derbyshire.

    Research interests

    • impact of housing investment on health and quality of life
    • health impact assessment
    • psychosocial determinants of health
    • fuel poverty issues
    • social capital and health
    • regeneration and neighbourhood change
    • qualitative and quantitative research methods
    • measuring local participation and volunteering.
  • Research

    • Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research

    2013-2014 An evaluation of the Foundations Independent Living Trust (FILT) Warm Homes Service, FILT, and CLAHRC.

    2013-2014 Low Carbon Pioneer Cities Heat Networks Project: a process evaluation.

    2014 An evaluation of the Big Energy Saving Network, DECC.

    2013-2015 An evaluation of Oldham Warm Homes Project, Oldham Council.

    2014-2016 An evaluation of the Supporting and Maintaining Independence Programme, Doncaster MBC.

    2012 Preparing for the Green Deal, Rotherham MBC and Rotherham NHS.

    2011-2012 Research into the effectiveness of the EDF Energy Trust grant funding programme, EDF Energy Trust / Charis Grants.

    2011-2012 BIG Outsourcing Grant Making, The BIG Lottery.

    2011 Quantifying comfort and monetising the health impact of energy efficiency improvements, Department of Energy and Climate Change.

    2011 The Voluntary and Community Sector in Derbyshire, Voice for the Voluntary Sector.

    2010–2011 An Evaluation of Doncaster's Passion for life programme, NHS Doncaster and Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council (DMBC).

  • Publications

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