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Dr Kesia Reeve BA, PhD

Principal Research Fellow


Summary

Dr Kesia Reeve has been a dedicated housing researcher for over 20 years. During this time she has delivered 50+ research projects funded by: government departments; national charities; local authorities; public sector health bodies; and housing associations. Kesia's research focuses on aspects of housing disadvantage, and marginalised populations who are susceptible to housing deprivation. She has a particular interest in exploring and exposing the gendered nature of housing disadvantage.

About

Kesia's research interests are broadly focused on population group and geographical housing disadvantage and inequalities. Much of her research activity has, therefore, focused on groups experiencing disadvantage in the housing market. She has a long history of researching the experiences and needs of marginalised groups including hidden homeless populations, rough sleepers, street sex workers, squatters and people with mental ill health. A key strand of Kesia's research and academic portfolio has focused on highlighting gendered aspects of disadvantage - based on projects about homeless women, mothers, and street sex workers amongst others.

She has been researching these issues for over 20 years, generating an extensive body of evidence for a wide range of audiences. Kesia has authored numerous policy orientated reports and articles in professional journals, as well as papers in peer-reviewed academic journals and edited books.

Research interests

Kesia's research interests are broadly focused on population group and geographical housing disadvantage and inequalities. More specifically, her interests include

  • women and housing
  • homelessness
  • the housing needs of marginalised groups and those with 'complex needs'
  • welfare reform

Teaching

Social Sciences and Arts

Research

2021 Women who have experienced homelessness and violence, Centre for Homelessness Impact

2020-2021 Evaluation of 'Ask and Act', Welsh Government

2020- 2021 Property guardians and local authority enforcement in the private rented sector, Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government

2019-2021 An evaluation of community based models of access to health services for rough sleepers, Public Health England.

2019-2021 Evaluation of Fulfilling Lives (Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham), Fulfilling lives LSL

Featured Projects

2019-2020 Motherhood and Homelessness - Intersectional challenges of Parenting, Health and Identity, SHU. Role: Project Director.

2019-2020 Exploring homelessness among lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender+ people, Government Equalities Office. Role: Project Director.

Collaborators and Sponsors

- Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government
- Government Equalities Office
- Centre for Homelessness Impact
- Crisis
- Public Health England
- Welsh Government

Publications

Reeve, K. (2017). Women rough sleepers in Europe: homelessness and victims of domestic abuse. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF HOUSING POLICY, 17 (1), 162-164. http://doi.org/10.1080/14616718.2016.1264187

Hickman, P., Kemp, P.A., Reeve, K., & Wilson, I. (2017). The impact of the direct payment of housing benefit: evidence from Great Britain. Housing Studies, 32 (8), 1105-1126. http://doi.org/10.1080/02673037.2017.1301401

Reeve, K. (2017). Welfare conditionality, benefit sanctions and homelessness in the UK : ending the 'something for nothing culture' or punishing the poor? Journal of Poverty and Social Justice, 25 (1), 65-78. http://doi.org/10.1332/175982717X14842281240539

Reeve, K. (2013). The morality of ‘the immoral’: the case of homeless, drug using, street prostitutes. Deviant Behavior, 34 (10), 824-840. http://doi.org/10.1080/01639625.2013.781442

Reeve, K. (2009). The UK Squatters Movement 1968-1980, 1968-1980. .

Casey, R., Goudie, R., & Reeve, K. (2008). Homeless women in public spaces : strategies of resistance. Housing Studies, 23 (6), 899-916. http://doi.org/10.1080/02673030802416627

Reeve, K., & Robinson, D. (2007). Beyond the multi-ethnic metropolis: minority ethnic housing experiences in small town England. Housing studies, 22 (4), 547-571. http://doi.org/10.1080/02673030701387655

Harrison, M., & Reeve, K. (2002). Social welfare movements and collective action : lessons from two UK housing cases. Housing studies, 17 (5), 755-771. http://doi.org/10.1080/0267303022000009790

Book chapters

Reeve, K. (2014). Criminalising the poor : squatting, homelessness and social welfare. In Fox O'Mahony, L., O'Mahony, D., & Hickey, R. (Eds.) Moral rhetoric and the criminalisation of squatting : vulnerable demons. (pp. 133-154). Abingdon: Routledge

Reeve, K. (2012). Squatting. United kingdom. In International Encyclopedia of Housing and Home. (pp. 23-27). http://doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-08-047163-1.00387-8

Reeve, K. (2008). New immigration and neighborhood change. In Community cohesion in crisis?: new dimensions of diversity and difference. Policy Press

Reeve, K. (2005). Squatting since 1945: the enduring relevance of material need. In SOMERVILLE, P., & SPRINGINGS, N. (Eds.) Housing and social policy: contemporary themes and critical perspectives. (pp. 197-217). London: Routledge: http://www.routledge.com/shopping_cart/products/product_detail.asp?curTab=CONTENTS&id=&parent_id=&sku=&isbn=9780415283670&pc=

Reports

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

Mccarthy, L., Parr, S., Green, S., & Reeve, K. (2020). Understanding Models of Support for People Facing Multiple Disadvantage: A Literature Review. Sheffield: Sheffield Hallam University. http://doi.org/10.7190/cresr.2020.1497611276

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

Crisp, R., Ferrari, E., Gore, T., Green, S., Mccarthy, L., Rae, A., ... Stevens, M. (2018). Tackling transport-related barriers to employment in low-income neighbourhoods. York: Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

Reeve, K., Mccarthy, L., Pattison, B., Parr, S., Batty, E., Maye-Banbury, A., ... Dayson, C. (2018). The mental health needs of Nottingham's homeless population: an exploratory research study. Sheffield: Sheffield Hallam University. https://www.shu.ac.uk/centre-regional-economic-social-research/publications/the-mental-health-needs-of-nottinghams-homeless-population-an-exploratory-research-study

Reeve, K., Mccarthy, L., Pattison, B., Parr, S., Batty, E., Maye-Banbury, A., ... Dayson, C. (2018). The mental health needs of Nottingham's homeless population: an exploratory research study - executive summary. Sheffield: Sheffield Hallam University. https://www.shu.ac.uk/centre-regional-economic-social-research/publications/the-mental-health-needs-of-nottinghams-homeless-population--executive-summary

Cole, I., Pattison, B., & Reeve, K. (2017). The Voluntary Right to Buy pilot: Additional analysis of completions. Sheffield: National Housing Federation. https://www.shu.ac.uk/centre-regional-economic-social-research/publications/the-voluntary-right-to-buy-pilot-additional-analysis-of-completions

Pattison, B., & Reeve, K. (2017). Access to homes for under-35’s : The impact of welfare reform on private renting. Sheffield Hallam University for the Residential Landlords Association. https://www.shu.ac.uk/centre-regional-economic-social-research/publications/access-to-homes-for-under-35s-the-impact-of-welfare-reform-on-private-renting

Cole, I., Green, S., Pattison, B., Reeve, K., & Wilson, I. (2017). Capping aspiration : the millennial housing challenge. Sheffield Hallam University for the Sovereign Housing Association. https://www.shu.ac.uk/centre-regional-economic-social-research/publications/capping-aspiration-the-millennial-housing-challenge

Cole, I., Pattison, B., Reeve, K., & While, A. (2017). The Pilot Programme for the Voluntary Right to Buy for Housing Associations : an action-learning approach. Sheffield Hallam University for the National Housing Federation. https://www.shu.ac.uk/centre-regional-economic-social-research/publications/the-pilot-programme-for-the-voluntary-right-to-buy-for-housing-associations-an-action

Reeve, K., Cole, I., Batty, E., Foden, M., Green, S., & Pattison, B. (2016). Home : no less will do - homeless people's access to the private rented sector. London, UK: Crisis. https://www.shu.ac.uk/centre-regional-economic-social-research/publications/home-no-less-will-do-homeless-peoples-access-to-the-private-rented-sector

Cole, I., Gilbertson, J., & Reeve, K. (2016). Evaluation of the prepaid card live test. Department for Work and Pensions. https://www.shu.ac.uk/centre-regional-economic-social-research/publications/evaluation-of-the-prepaid-card-live-test

Reeve, K., Cole, I., & Gilbertson, J. (2016). Research Summary - Evaluation of the prepaid card live test: Final report. Department for Work and Pensions. https://www.shu.ac.uk/centre-regional-economic-social-research/publications/research-summary---evaluation-of-the-prepaid-card-live-test-final-report

Green, S., Pattison, B., Reeve, K., & Wilson, I. (2016). How affordable is affordable housing? Norwich, UK: Flagship Group. https://www.shu.ac.uk/centre-regional-economic-social-research/publications/how-affordable-is-affordable-housing

Cole, I., Pattison, B., & Reeve, K. (2015). The withdrawal of support for housing costs under Universal Credit for young people : more pain for little gain? CRISIS. https://www.shu.ac.uk/centre-regional-economic-social-research/publications/the-withdrawal-of-support-for-housing-costs-under-universal-credit-for-young-people-more-pain

Mccarthy, L., Batty, E., Beatty, C., Casey, R., Foden, M., & Reeve, K. (2015). Homeless people’s experiences of welfare conditionality andbenefit sanctions. London: Crisis. https://www.shu.ac.uk/centre-regional-economic-social-research/publications/homeless-peoples-experiences-of-welfare-conditionality-and-benefit-sanctions

Batty, E., Beatty, C., Casey, R., Foden, M., Mccarthy, L., & Reeve, K. (2015). Homeless people’s experiences of welfare conditionality and benefit sanctions: Executive Summary. Crisis. https://www.shu.ac.uk/centre-regional-economic-social-research/publications/homeless-peoples-experiences-of-welfare-conditionality-and-benefit-sanctions-executive-summary

Eadson, W., Green, S., Reeve, K., Robinson, D., & Wilson, I. (2015). Houses into Homes: Final evaluation report. Welsh Government Social Research. https://www.shu.ac.uk/centre-regional-economic-social-research/publications/houses-into-homes-final-evaluation-report

Beatty, C., Foden, M., Mccarthy, L., & Reeve, K. (2015). Benefit sanctions and homelessness: a scoping report. Crisis. https://www.shu.ac.uk/centre-regional-economic-social-research/publications/benefit-sanctions-and-homelessness-a-scoping-report

Green, S., Mccarthy, L., Reeve, K., Cole, I., & Batty, E. (2015). Evaluation of the sharing solutions programme. London: Crisis UK. https://www.shu.ac.uk/centre-regional-economic-social-research/publications/evaluation-of-the-sharing-solutions-programme

Green, S., Reeve, K., Robinson, D., & Sanderson, E. (2015). Direct payment of housing benefit: are social landlords ready? Sheffield: CRESR, Sheffield Hallam University. https://www.shu.ac.uk/centre-regional-economic-social-research/publications/direct-payment-of-housing-benefit-are-social-landlords-ready

Hickman, P., Reeve, K., Kemp, P., Wilson, I., Green, S., & Dayson, C. (2014). Direct Payment Demonstration Projects: 18 month stage reports. Department for Work and Pensions. https://www.shu.ac.uk/centre-regional-economic-social-research/publications/direct-payment-demonstration-projects-18-month-stage-reports

Reeve, K., Wilson, I., Hickman, P., & Dayson, C. (2014). Direct payment demonstration projects: Key findings of the 18th months' rent account analysis exercise. London: Department for Work and Pensions. https://www.shu.ac.uk/centre-regional-economic-social-research/publications/direct-payment-demonstration-projects-key-findings-of-the-18-months-rent-account-analysis-exercise

Hickman, P., Reeve, K., Kemp, P., Wilson, I., & Green, S. (2014). Direct payment demonstration projects: Key findings of the programme evaluation. Final report. London: Department for Work and Pensions. https://www.shu.ac.uk/centre-regional-economic-social-research/publications/direct-payment-demonstration-projects-key-findings-of-the-programme-evaluation

Eadson, W., Green, S., Reeve, K., Robinson, D., & Wilson, I. (2014). Houses into Homes - Third interim evaluation report. Welsh Government Social Research. https://www.shu.ac.uk/centre-regional-economic-social-research/publications/houses-into-homes---third-interim-evaluation-report

Hickman, P., Reeve, K., Wilson, I., Green, S., Dayson, C., & Kemp, P. (2014). Direct Payment Demonstration Projects: 12 month stage reports. Department for Work and Pensions. http://www.shu.ac.uk/research/cresr/sites/shu.ac.uk/files/dwp-research-summary-dpdp-12-month-stage-reports.pdf

Hickman, P., Reeve, K., & Green, S. (2014). Direct Payment Demonstration Projects: 12 months in extended learning report. Department for Work and Pensions. https://www.shu.ac.uk/centre-regional-economic-social-research/publications/direct-payment-demonstration-projects-12-months-in-extended-learning-report

Reeve, K., Wilson, I., Hickman, P., & Dayson, C. (2014). Direct Payment Demonstration Projects: Key findings of the 12-months’ Rent Account Analysis exercise. Department for Work and Pensions. https://www.shu.ac.uk/centre-regional-economic-social-research/publications/direct-payment-demonstration-projects-key-findings-of-the-12-months-rent-account-analysis-exercise

Hickman, P., Reeve, K., Wilson, I., Green, S., & Kemp, P. (2014). Direct Payment Demonstration Projects: Rent underpayment. Department for Work and Pensions. https://www.shu.ac.uk/centre-regional-economic-social-research/publications/direct-payment-demonstration-projects-rent-underpayment

Hickman, P., Reeve, K., Wilson, I., Green, S., Dayson, C., & Kemp, P. (2014). DWP Research Summary - Direct Payment Demonstration Projects: 12 month stage reports. Department for Work and Pensions. https://www.shu.ac.uk/centre-regional-economic-social-research/publications/dwp-research-summary---direct-payment-demonstration-projects-12-month-stage-reports

Batty, E., Green, S., Reeve, K., Robinson, D., & Wilson, I. (2014). Promoting mobility through mutual exchange: Learning lessons from the housing mobility demonstration projects. Department for Communities and Local Government. https://www.shu.ac.uk/centre-regional-economic-social-research/publications/promoting-mobility-through-mutual-exchange-learning-lessons-from-the-housing-mobility-demonstration

Eadson, W., Green, S., Reeve, K., Robinson, D., & Wilson, I. (2013). Houses into Homes: Second interim evaluation report. Welsh Government Social Research. https://www.shu.ac.uk/centre-regional-economic-social-research/publications/houses-into-homes-second-interim-evaluation-report

Hickman, P., & Reeve, K. (2013). Direct Payments Demonstration Projects: Learning the lessons, six months in - Research Summary. Department for Work and Pensions. https://www.shu.ac.uk/centre-regional-economic-social-research/publications/direct-payments-demonstration-projects-learning-the-lessons-six-months-in---research-summary

Eadson, W., Robinson, D., Reeve, K., Platts-Fowler, D., Green, S., Walshaw, A., ... Pearce, S. (2013). An Evaluation of Getting on Together: The Community Cohesion Strategy for Wales. Welsh Government. https://www.shu.ac.uk/centre-regional-economic-social-research/publications/an-evaluation-of-getting-on-together-the-community-cohesion-strategy-for-wales

Eadson, W., Green, S., Reeve, K., Robinson, D., & Wilson, I. (2013). Houses into Homes: First interim evaluation report. Welsh Government Social Research. https://www.shu.ac.uk/centre-regional-economic-social-research/publications/houses-into-homes-first-interim-evaluation-report

Bennington, J., Parr, S., Powell, R., & Reeve, K. (2012). Scoping study on violence against women : report for the BIG Lottery Fund. Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research, Sheffield Hallam University. https://www.shu.ac.uk/centre-regional-economic-social-research/publications/scoping-study-on-violence-against-women

Reeve, K. (2011). Squatting: a homelessness issue: an evidence review. Crisis. https://www.shu.ac.uk/centre-regional-economic-social-research/publications/squatting-a-homelessness-issue---an-evidence-review

Reeve, K. (2011). The hidden truth about homelessness: experiences of single homelessness in England - report summary. Crisis. https://www.shu.ac.uk/centre-regional-economic-social-research/publications/the-hidden-truth-about-homelessness-report-summary

Reeve, K., & Batty, E. (2011). The hidden truth about homelessness: experiences of single homelessness in England. Crisis. https://www.shu.ac.uk/centre-regional-economic-social-research/publications/the-hidden-truth-about-homelessness-experiences-of-single-homelessness-in-england

Bashir, N., Crisp, R., Gore, T., Reeve, K., & Robinson, D. (2011). Families and Work: Revisiting Barriers to Employment. Department for Work and Pensions. https://www.shu.ac.uk/centre-regional-economic-social-research/publications/families-and-work-revisiting-barriers-to-employment

Robinson, D., Walshaw, A., Uwimana, M., Bahati, B., Reeve, K., & Bashir, N. (2010). Evaluation of the Trans-national Resettlement Project: UK and Ireland. Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research, Sheffield Hallam University. https://www.shu.ac.uk/centre-regional-economic-social-research/publications/evaluation-of-the-trans-national-resettlement-project-uk-and-ireland

Reeve, K., Robinson, D., Bashir, N., & Eisenstein, E. (2010). The Voluntary Assisted Return and Reintegration Programme (VARRP) 2008: a process and impact assessment. Home Office. https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/116049/horr41-report.pdf

Reeve, K., Batty, E., Casey, R., & Green, S. (2009). The 'homelessness journeys' of homeless people with complex needs in Stoke-on-Trent. Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research, Sheffield Hallam University. https://www.shu.ac.uk/centre-regional-economic-social-research/publications/the-homelessness-journeys-of-homeless-people-with-complex-needs-in-stoke-on-trent

Reeve, K., Casey, R., & Batty, E. (2009). The housing needs and experiences of homeless people with a history of violent or offending behaviour in Stoke-on-Trent. Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research, Sheffield Hallam University. https://www.shu.ac.uk/centre-regional-economic-social-research/publications/the-housing-needs-and-experiences-of-homeless-people-with-a-history-of-violent-or-offending

Reeve, K., Casey, R., Batty, E., & Green, S. (2009). The housing needs and experiences of homeless women involved in street sex work in Stoke-on-Trent. Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research, Sheffield Hallam University. https://www.shu.ac.uk/centre-regional-economic-social-research/publications/the-housing-needs-and-experiences-of-homeless-women-involved-in-street-sex-work-in-stoke-on-trent

Reeve, K., Green, S., Batty, E., & Casey, R. (2009). The Housing Needs and Experiences of Homeless Drug and Alcohol Users in Stoke-on-Trent. Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research, Sheffield Hallam University. https://www.shu.ac.uk/centre-regional-economic-social-research/publications/the-housing-needs-and-experiences-of-homeless-drug-and-alcohol-users-in-stoke-on-trent

Fletcher, D., Gore, T., Reeve, K., Robinson, D., Bashir, N., Goudie, R., & O'Toole, S. (2008). Social housing and worklessness: qualitative research findings. Department for Work and Pensions. https://www.shu.ac.uk/centre-regional-economic-social-research/publications/social-housing-and-worklessness-qualitative-research-findings

Fletcher, D., Gore, T., Reeve, K., & Robinson, D. (2008). Social housing and worklessness: Key policy messages. Department for Work and Pensions. https://www.shu.ac.uk/centre-regional-economic-social-research/publications/social-housing-and-worklessness-key-policy-messages

Robinson, D., Reeve, K., & Casey, R. (2007). The housing pathways of new immigrants. Joseph Rowntree Foundation. https://www.shu.ac.uk/centre-regional-economic-social-research/publications/the-housing-pathways-of-new-immigrants

Gryszel-Fieldsned, T., & Reeve, K. (2007). The Housing Pathways of Polish New Immigrants in Sheffield. Sheffield Hallam University, Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research. https://www.shu.ac.uk/centre-regional-economic-social-research/publications/the-housing-pathways-of-polish-new-immigrants-in-sheffield

Reeve, K., Goudie, R., & Casey, R. (2007). Homeless women: homelessness careers, homelessness landscapes. Crisis. https://www.shu.ac.uk/centre-regional-economic-social-research/publications/homeless-women-homelessness-careers-homelessness-landscapes

Robinson, D., Reeve, K., Casey, R., & Goudie, R. (2007). Promoting equality and sustainability through housing market renewal: A strategy for Bridging NewcastleGateshead HousingMarket Renewal Pathfinder. Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research, Sheffield Hallam University. https://www.shu.ac.uk/centre-regional-economic-social-research/publications/promoting-equality-and-sustainability-through-housing-market-renewal

Robinson, D., Reeve, K., Casey, R., & Goudie, R. (2007). Minority ethnic residential experiences and requirements in the Bridging NewcastleGateshead area. Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research, Sheffield Hallam University. https://www.shu.ac.uk/centre-regional-economic-social-research/publications/minority-ethnic-residential-experiences-and-requirements-in-the-bridging-newcastlegateshead-area

Reeve, K., Casey, R., & Goudie, R. (2006). Homeless women: still being failed yet striving to survive. Crisis. https://www.shu.ac.uk/centre-regional-economic-social-research/publications/homeless-women-still-being-failed-yet-striving-to-survive

Reeve, K., Casey, R., & Goudie, R. (2006). Homeless women: still being failed yet striving to survive - summary. Crisis. https://www.shu.ac.uk/centre-regional-economic-social-research/publications/homeless-women-still-being-failed-yet-striving-to-survive---summary

Robinson, D., & Reeve, K. (2006). Neighbourhood experiences of new immigration: reflections from the evidence base. York: Joseph Rowntree Foundation. https://www.shu.ac.uk/centre-regional-economic-social-research/publications/neighbourhood-experiences-of-new-immigration

Robinson, D., Reeve, K., Coward, S., Bennington, J., & Buckner, L. (2005). Minority ethnic housing experiences in North Lincolnshire. Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research, Sheffield Hallam University. https://www.shu.ac.uk/centre-regional-economic-social-research/publications/minority-ethnic-housing-experiences-in-north-lincolnshire

Reeve, K., & Coward, S. (2004). Hidden Homelessness: Life on the Margins. Sheffield Hallam University. https://www.shu.ac.uk/centre-regional-economic-social-research/publications/hidden-homelessness-life-on-the-margins

Reeve, K., & Coward, S. (2004). Hidden homelessness: life on the margins - the experiences of homeless people living in squats. Crisis. http://www.shu.ac.uk/research/cresr/sites/shu.ac.uk/files/hidden-homelessness-life-margins_0.pdf

McCarthy, L., Parr, S., Green, S., & Reeve, K. (n.d.). Understanding Models of Support for People Facing Multiple Disadvantage: A Literature Review. Sheffield Hallam University. http://doi.org/10.7190/cresr.2020.1497611276

Theses / Dissertations

Speake, A.E.C. (2021). “Like having a perpetrator on your back”: Violence in the Welfare System. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Reeve, K., & Maye-Banbury, A. http://doi.org/10.7190/shu-thesis-00394

Mccarthy, L.J. (2015). (Re)negotiating the self: homeless women's constructions of home, Homelessness and Identity. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Reeve, K., & Casey, R.

Stevens, M. (2015). Property, propriety and affect : a study of class (dis)entitlement in neighbourhood spaces. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Reeve, K., Nixon, J., Parr, S., & Powell, R.

Postgraduate supervision

Kesia supervises students in the areas of homelessness, and gender analysis

Media

Dr Kesia Reeve has been undertaking research in housing for 20 years, during which time she has delivered and managed more than 30 research projects for a range of organisations including the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG), the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), the Welsh Government, Crisis and various local authorities.

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