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Dr Lindsey McCarthy BA (Hons), MA, PhD

Research Fellow


Summary

Dr Lindsey McCarthy is a Research Fellow at CRESR with a track record of research covering homelessness and marginality; service encounters, support journeys and policy/practice responses for those facing multiple disadvantage; housing solutions for households in housing need; and experiences of 'home' and homemaking for marginalised groups. While at CRESR, Lindsey has developed expertise in delivering extensive policy-focused research and evaluations for national governments and government departments (including Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government, Welsh Government, Government Equalities Office); charities (including the Nationwide Foundation, Crisis, St Basils, Age UK, Joseph Rowntree Foundation); and public sector health bodies (Nottingham City CCG, Public Health England).

About

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 author of numerous research reports and has also published academically on issues relating to women's homelessness.

Research interests

  • Housing insecurity and deprivation
  • Homelessness
  • The Private Rented Sector
  • Fuel poverty
  • Marginalised groups and identities
  • Qualitative data collection and analysis

Teaching

Social Sciences and Arts

Research

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

2020 - 2021 Research into LA Enforcement and Property Guardians, MHCLG.

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.

Publications

Key Publications

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

Journal articles

Pattison, B., & Mccarthy, L. (2020). The role of mental health in multiple exclusion homelessness. Social Policy and Society. http://doi.org/10.1017/S147474642000069X

Mccarthy, L. (2019). Homeless women, material objects and home (un)making. Housing Studies. http://doi.org/10.1080/02673037.2019.1659235

Ambrose, A., & Mccarthy, L. (2019). 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

Mccarthy, L. (2017). (Re)conceptualising the boundaries between home and homelessness: the unheimlich. Housing Studies, 33 (6), 960-985. http://doi.org/10.1080/02673037.2017.1408780

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. (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

Conference papers

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/

Reports

Harris, C., Mccarthy, L., Speake, B., Hulbert, A., & Clifford, J. (2022). Evaluation of Ask and Act. Welsh Government. https://gov.wales/sites/default/files/statistics-and-research/2022-01/evaluation-ask-and-act-685.pdf

Archer, T., & Mccarthy, L. (2021). Community-led housing and the speed of development: briefing note. Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research, Sheffield Hallam University. https://www.shu.ac.uk/centre-regional-economic-social-research/publications/community-led-housing-and-the-speed-of-development-briefing-note

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

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.shu.ac.uk/centre-regional-economic-social-research/publications/scaling-up-social-lettings-scope-impact-and-barriers

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

Gilbertson, J., Leather, D., Mccarthy, L., & Wilson, I. (2018). An evaluation of Cash Smart Credit Savvy: Final Report. Sheffield: Sheffield Hallam University. https://www.shu.ac.uk/centre-regional-economic-social-research/publications/an-evaluation-of-cash-smart-credit-savvy-final-report

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. https://www.shu.ac.uk/centre-regional-economic-social-research/publications/older-peoples-housing-care-and-support-needs-in-greater-cambridge-2017-2036

Batty, E., Foden, M., Green, S., Mccarthy, L., Robinson, D., & Wilson, I. (2017). Evaluation of Extra Care Housing in Wales. Cardiff: Welsh Government. https://www.shu.ac.uk/centre-regional-economic-social-research/publications/evaluation-of-extra-care-housing-in-wales

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. https://www.shu.ac.uk/centre-regional-economic-social-research/publications/evaluation-of-extra-care-housing-in-wales-executive-summary

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. https://www.shu.ac.uk/centre-regional-economic-social-research/publications/energy-in-efficiency-what-tenants-expect-and-endure-in-private-rented-housing---research-summary

Bashir, N., Dayson, C., Mccarthy, L., Chowbey, P., & Ismail, M. (2016). Making the most of primary and community services: what works for BAME people with long-term conditions? Research Summary. Sheffield Hallam University. https://www.shu.ac.uk/centre-regional-economic-social-research/publications/making-the-most-of-primary-and-community-services-what-works-for-bame-people-with-long-term--summary

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. https://www.shu.ac.uk/centre-regional-economic-social-research/publications/making-the-most-of-primary-and-community-services-what-works-for-bame-people-with-long-term

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. https://www.shu.ac.uk/centre-regional-economic-social-research/publications/energy-in-efficiency-what-tenants-expect-and-endure-in-private-rented-housing

Crisp, R., Mccarthy, L., Parr, S., Pearson, S., & Berry, N. (2016). Community-led approaches to reducing poverty in neighbourhoods: a review of evidence and practice. Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research, Sheffield Hallam University. https://www.shu.ac.uk/centre-regional-economic-social-research/publications/community-led-approaches-to-reducing-poverty-in-neighbourhoods-a-review-of-evidence-and-practice

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. https://www.shu.ac.uk/centre-regional-economic-social-research/publications/energy-inefficiency-exploring-what-tenants-expect-and-endure-in-the-private-rented-sector-in-england

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. https://www.shu.ac.uk/centre-regional-economic-social-research/publications/tenancy-sustainment-amongst-those-aged-under-35-final-report

Ambrose, A., Eadson, W., Hickman, P., & Mccarthy, L. (2015). Tenancy sustainment amongst those aged under 35: executive summary. Sheffield Hallam University, Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research. https://www.shu.ac.uk/centre-regional-economic-social-research/publications/tenancy-sustainment-amongst-those-aged-under-35-executive-summary

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

Bamonte, J., Bashir, N., Chowbey, P., Dayson, C., Gore, T., Ismail, M., & Mccarthy, L. (2015). Increasing the uptake of primary and community long-term conditions services in Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) communities in Nottingham - an exploratory research study. Sheffield Hallam University, Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research. https://www.shu.ac.uk/centre-regional-economic-social-research/publications/increasing-the-uptake-of-primary-and-community-long-term-conditions-services-in-black-and-minority

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

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

McCarthy, L., Ambrose, A., & Pinder, J. (n.d.). Energy (In)Efficiency: Exploring what tenants expect and endure in the private rented sector in England. Sheffield Hallam University. http://doi.org/10.7190/cresr.2020.8936189508

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.

Other publications

Mccarthy, L. (2020). Thinking home: interdisciplinary dialogues. Informa UK Limited: http://doi.org/10.1080/02673037.2020.1727632

McCarthy, L. (n.d.). Book Review - Gender Equality in the Welfare State? Sheffield Hallam University: http://doi.org/10.3351/ppp.0009.0003.0005

Other activities

Editorial Board People, Place and Policy.

CRESR PhD Forum Coordinator (joint)

Postgraduate supervision

Sophie Negus (2017 - 2021) ‘The branding of welfare assistance: an exploration of in-work claimants’ experiences’. (Second supervisor).

Rebecca Greenwood (commenced 2021) ‘Exploring the role of informal urban community support in homeless women’s sense of dignity’. (Director of studies).

Lindsey would welcome enquiries around supervising doctoral research in the following broad areas

  • Homelessness and housing exclusion
  • The meaning of home
  • Marginalisation and stigmatisation
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