Dr. Lindsey McCarthy is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research (CRESR), Sheffield Hallam University, with research interests and expertise broadly in the area of housing exclusion and marginality. She is particularly interested in subjective experiences of housing and ‘home’, especially amongst more marginalised groups and those living in inadequate accommodation. Between 2016 and 2018 Lindsey was project manager on a qualitative research project for Nottingham City CCG exploring the mental health needs of Nottingham's homeless population. She has also worked on research projects for a range of other clients including Crisis, Joseph Rowntree Foundation, National Housing Federation and the Eaga Charitable Trust. Lindsey is author of numerous research reports but has also published academically on issues relating to women's homelessness.
Lindsey's PhD, completed in 2015 at Sheffield Hallam University, explored homeless women's experiences and constructions of home, homelessness and identity, and employed participatory visual methodologies (participant-led photography and 'photo elicitation' techniques).
Lindsey is Secretary of the Executive Committee of the Housing Studies Association, the leading learned society for housing in the UK.
- Housing insecurity and deprivation
- The Private Rented Sector
- Fuel poverty
- Marginalised groups and identities
- Qualitative data collection and analysis
Lindsey is currently second supervisor on one PhD, on the topic of
- The branding of welfare assistance: an exploration of in-work claimants’ experiences (Student: Sophie Negus)
She would welcome enquiries around supervising doctoral research in the following broad areas
- Homelessness and housing exclusion
- The meaning of home
- Marginalisation and stigmatisation
- Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research
2019 - 2021 Fulfilling Lives Lambeth Southwark Lewisham: Evaluation and Learning Partner, New Philanthropy Capital.
2019 - 2020 Rough Sleeping Evaluation, Public Health England.
2018 - 2020 Evaluation and Learning Partner, The Nationwide Foundation.
2018 - 2019 Complex Needs Process Evaluation, MHCLG.
2017 - 2020 BRC First Call Evaluation, British Red Cross.
Mccarthy, L. (2019). Homeless women, material objects and home (un)making. Housing Studies. http://doi.org/10.1080/02673037.2019.1659235
Mccarthy, L. (2018). (Re)conceptualising the boundaries between home and homelessness: the unheimlich. Housing Studies, 33 (6), 960-985. http://doi.org/10.1080/02673037.2017.1408780
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://www4.shu.ac.uk/research/cresr/sites/shu.ac.uk/files/mental-health-nottinghams-homeless-population.pdf
Ambrose, A., & Mccarthy, L. (2018). Taming the 'masculine pioneers'? Changing attitudes towards energy efficiency amongst private landlords and tenants in New Zealand: A case study of Dunedin. Energy Policy, 126, 165-176. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.enpol.2018.11.018
Ambrose, A., Mccarthy, L., & Pinder, J. (2016). Energy (in)efficiency: what tenants expect and endure in private rented housing. A final report to the Eaga Charitable Trust. Sheffield: Sheffield Hallam University. http://www4.shu.ac.uk/research/cresr/sites/shu.ac.uk/files/energy-inefficiency-private-rented-housing-final-report.pdf
Green, S., & Mccarthy, L. (2015). Is sharing the solution? : exploring the opportunities and challenges of privately rented shared accommodation for single people in housing need. People, Place and Policy, 9 (3), 159-178. http://doi.org/10.3351/ppp.0009.0003.0001
Mccarthy, L., Batty, E., Beatty, C., Casey, R., Foden, M., & Reeve, K. (2015). Homeless people’s experiences of welfare conditionality andbenefit sanctions. London: Crisis. http://www4.shu.ac.uk/research/cresr/homeless-people%E2%80%99s-experiences-welfare-conditionality-and-benefit-sanctions-pdf-64064-kb
Green, S., Mccarthy, L., Reeve, K., Cole, I., & Batty, E. (2015). Evaluation of the sharing solutions programme. London: Crisis UK. http://www.shu.ac.uk/research/cresr/ourexpertise/evaluation-crisis-sharing-solutions-programme
Mccarthy, L. (2013). ‘It’s Coming from the Heart’: Exploring a Student’s Experiences of ‘Home’ Using Participatory Visual Methodologies. Graduate Journal of Social Science, 10 (2), 76-105. http://gjss.org/issues/10/02
Mccarthy, L. (2013). Homelessness and identity : a critical review of the literature and theory. People, place and policy online, 7 (1), 46-58. http://doi.org/10.3351/ppp.0007.0001.0004
McCarthy, L. (n.d.). Book Review - Gender Equality in the Welfare State? People, Place and Policy Online, 9 (3), 207-211. http://doi.org/10.3351/ppp.0009.0003.0005
Mccarthy, L. (2015). The unhomely home : women, home-lessness and the unheimlich. In Housing Studies Association Conference, York, 8 April 2015 - 10 April 2015. http://housing-studies-association.org/event/hsa-conference-2015/2015-04-08/
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
Archer, T., Crisp, R., Ferrari, E., Green, S., Mccarthy, L., Moore, T., ... Sacranie, H. (2019). Scaling up social lettings? Scope, impact and barriers. Joseph Rowntree Foundation. https://www.jrf.org.uk/report/scaling-social-lettings-scope-impact-and-barriers-0
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 - executive summary. Sheffield: Sheffield Hallam University. https://www4.shu.ac.uk/research/cresr/sites/shu.ac.uk/files/mental-health-nottinghams-homeless-population-exec-summary.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
Archer, T., Green, S., Leather, D., Mccarthy, L., Wilson, I., Robinson, D., & Tait, M. (2018). Older people's housing, care and support needs in Greater Cambridge 2017-2036. Sheffield: Sheffield Hallam University. http://www4.shu.ac.uk/research/cresr/sites/shu.ac.uk/files/older-peoples-housing-care-support-greater-cambridge.pdf
Batty, E., Foden, M., Green, S., Mccarthy, L., Robinson, D., & Wilson, I. (2017). Evaluation of Extra Care Housing in Wales. Cardiff: Welsh Government. http://www4.shu.ac.uk/research/cresr/sites/shu.ac.uk/files/eval-extra-care-housing-wales.pdf
Batty, E., Foden, M., Green, S., Mccarthy, L., Robinson, D., & Wilson, I. (2017). Evaluation of extra care housing in Wales: Executive summary. Cardiff: Welsh Government. http://www4.shu.ac.uk/research/cresr/sites/shu.ac.uk/files/eval-extra-care-housing-wales-summary.pdf
Crisp, R., Gore, T., & Mccarthy, L. (2017). Addressing transport barriers to work in low income neighbourhoods: A review of evidence and practice. Sheffield: Sheffield Hallam University. http://doi.org/10.7190/cresr.2017.3465773384
Ambrose, A., Mccarthy, L., & Pinder, J. (2017). Energy (in) efficiency: what tenants expect and endure in private rented housing - Research Summary. Kendal: Eaga. http://www4.shu.ac.uk/research/cresr/sites/shu.ac.uk/files/energy-inefficiency-private-rented-housing-research-summary.pdf
Crisp, R., Mccarthy, L., Parr, S., & Pearson, S. (2016). Community-led approaches to reducing poverty in neighbourhoods: A review of evidence and practice. https://www4.shu.ac.uk/research/cresr/sites/shu.ac.uk/files/community-led-approaches-to-reducing-poverty-in-neighbourhoods.pdf
Bashir, N., Dayson, C., Mccarthy, L., Ismail, M., & Chowbey, P. (2016). Making the most of primary and community services : what works for BAME people with long-term conditions? Sheffield Hallam University.
Mccarthy, L., Ambrose, A., & Pinder, J. (2016). Energy (In)Efficiency: Exploring what tenants expect and endure in the private rented sector in England. Making the case for more research into the tenant's perspective. An evidence review. Sheffield: Sheffield Hallam University. http://www4.shu.ac.uk/research/cresr/sites/shu.ac.uk/files/energy-inefficiency-evidence-review.pdf
Cole, I., Green, S., Mccarthy, L., & Pattison, B. (2015). The Impact of the Existing Right to Buy and the Implications for the Proposed Extension of Right to Buy to Housing Associations. Parliament Website: Communities and Local Government Select Committee. https://www.parliament.uk/documents/commons-committees/communities-and-local-government/Full-Report-for-Select-Committee-141015final.pdf
Ambrose, A., Eadson, W., Hickman, P., & Mccarthy, L. (2015). Tenancy sustainment amongst those aged under 35 : final report. Sheffield: Sheffield Hallam University. http://www4.shu.ac.uk/research/cresr/sites/shu.ac.uk/files/tenancy-sustainment-aged-under35.pdf
Theses / Dissertations
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.