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.
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.
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
Sadie would welcome discussion on supervising students around any of the above areas.
- 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 Learning and Evaluation Partner, The Nationwide Foundation.
2018-2019 Complex Needs Process Evaluation, MHCLG.
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.
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.
Parr, S., & Churchill, H. (2019). The Troubled Families Programme: Learning about policy impact through realist case study research. Social Policy and Administration. http://doi.org/10.1111/spol.12529
Parr, S., & Hayden, C. (2019). Multiple needs, 'troubled families' and social work. People, place and policy, 13 (1), 29-41. http://doi.org/10.3351/ppp.2019.8432625383
Parr, S. (2019). The changing shape of provision for rough sleepers: from conditionality to care. Housing studies. http://doi.org/10.1080/02673037.2018.1543796
Parr, S. (2017). Explaining and understanding state intervention into the lives of ‘troubled’ families. Social Policy and Society, 16 (4), 577-592. http://doi.org/10.1017/S147474641600035X
Parr, S. (2015). Integrating critical realist and feminist methodologies: ethical and analytical dilemmas. International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 18 (2), 193-207. http://doi.org/10.1080/13645579.2013.868572
Parr, S. (2015). Conceptualising 'the relationship' in intensive key worker support as a therapeutic medium. Journal of Social Work Practice, 30 (1), 25-42. http://doi.org/10.1080/02650533.2015.1073146
Parr, S. (2011). Family policy and the governance of anti-social behaviour in the UK : women's experiences of intensive family support. Journal of Social Policy, 40 (04), 717-737. http://doi.org/10.1017/S0047279410000735
Parr, S. (2011). Intensive family casework with 'problem families': past and present. Family science, 2 (4), 240-249. http://doi.org/10.1080/19424620.2012.698994
Hunter, C., Nixon, J., & Parr, S. (2010). Mother abuse : a matter of youth justice, child welfare or domestic violence? Journal of Law and Society, 37 (2), 264-284. http://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-6478.2010.00504.x
Parr, S. (2010). The role of social housing in the ‘care’ and ‘control’ of tenants with mental health problems. Social Policy and Society, 9 (01), 111. http://doi.org/10.1017/S1474746409990248
Parr, S. (2009). Family Intervention Projects : a site of social work practice. British Journal of Social Work, 39 (7), 1256-1273. http://doi.org/10.1093/bjsw/bcn057
Nixon, J., Hodge, N.S., Parr, S., Willis, B., & Hunter, C. (2008). Anti social behaviour and disability in the UK. People, place & policy online, 2 (1), 37-47. http://doi.org/10.3351/ppp.0002.0001.0005
Hunter, C., Hodge, N., Nixon, J., & Parr, S. (2007). Anti social behaviour and disability: the response of social landlords. People, place and policy online, 1 (3), 37-47. http://doi.org/10.3351/ppp.0001.0003.0005
Bannister, P., Clegg, S., Freewood, M., Hanson, J., Hudson, A., Parr, S., ... Wan, S. (2018). New environments: The environment for learning. In Centred on Learning: Academic Case Studies on Learning Centre Development. (pp. 181-203). http://doi.org/10.4324/9781315193014-7
Parr, S. (2015). The Troubled Families Workforce and occupational identity. In Davies, K. (Ed.) Social work with troubled families : a critical introduction. (pp. 53-73). Jessica Kingsley Publishers
Parr, S., & Nixon, J. (2009). Family intervention projects: Sites of subversion and resilience. In Subversive Citizens: Power, Agency and Resistance in Public Services. (pp. 101-118).
Nixon, J., & Parr, S. (2008). Family intervention projects and efficacy of parenting interventions. In Prevention and youth crime: is early intervention working?. Bristol: Policy Press: http://www.policypress.co.uk/display.asp?K=9781847422637&sf1=keyword&st1=prevention+and+youth+crime&m=1&dc=9
Nixon, J., & Parr, S. (2006). Anti-social behaviour: voices from the front line. In FLINT, J. (Ed.) Housing, urban governance and anti-social behaviour : perspectives, policy and practice. (pp. 79-98). Bristol: Policy Press: http://www.policypress.co.uk/display.asp?K=9781861346841&sf1=keyword&st1=housing+urban+governance&m=2&dc=25
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
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
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
Hirst, J., Formby, E., Parr, S., Nixon, J., Hunter, C., & Flint, J.F. (2007). An evaluation of two initiatives to reward young people. York: Joseph Rowntree Foundation. http://www.jrf.org.uk/publications/rewarding-young-people-pro-social-behaviour
Theses / Dissertations
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.
Parr, S., & Nixon, J. (2008). Rationalising family intervention projects. Bristol: Policy Press: http://www.policypress.co.uk/display.asp?K=9781847420275&sf1=keyword&st1=asbo+nation&m=2&dc=2
Hunter, C., Hodge, N.S., Nixon, J., Parr, S., & Willis, B. (2007). Disabled people’s experiences of anti-social behaviour and harassment in social housing: a critical review. London: Disability Rights Commission