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Dr Sadie Parr PhD

Research Fellow


Sadie Parr is a Research Fellow at CRESR. She has a longstanding interest in the experiences of multiply disadvantaged adults, children and families including the analysis of policies and support services designed to meet their needs.

  • About

    Sadie has particular research expertise in intensive family support services, the role of new social care professionals, inter-agency working, homeless people with complex needs. Through this work, she has developed a sustained interest in engaging with social theory to critically understand governing practices, policy implementation processes, political agency and the role of the state in the lives of people and families deemed 'troublesome'. Sadie's research generally has a policy orientation and has been funded by a range of statutory and third-sector clients including the Big Lottery, local authorities, Home Office, Department for Education and DCLG. Methodologically her interests are focused around qualitative methods such as in-depth interviewing, focus groups and discourse analysis. Sadie has authored numerous research reports as well as articles in peer-reviewed academic journals and edited books.

    Research interests 

    Sadie has wide ranging research interests including

    • Multiply disadvantaged individuals and families
    • Family and parenting support
    • Interventions for those with multiple needs
    • The role of social work, new social care professions and inter-professional working
    • Governing practices and processes in social policy
    • Homelessness

    PhD supervision

    Sadie would welcome discussion on supervising students around any of the above areas.

  • Research

    • Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research

    2017-2018 Understanding the Causes of Homelessness, Lewisham Borough Council.

    2016-2019 Children’s Communities Evaluation, Save the Children.

    2016-2017 Exploring the mental health needs of Nottingham’s homeless population, Nottingham City CCG.

    2016-2018 Evaluation of the Trussel Trust More Than Food programme.

    2015-2018 Evaluation of the Co-operative Working Model, Stoke City Council.

    2014-2020 West Yorkshire Finding Independence Evaluation, Big Lottery Fund.

    2013-2016 Evaluation of the Breakthrough Project for homeless people with complex needs, Cathedral Archer Project.

  • Publications

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