Lindsey McCarthy

Lindsey McCarthy

Professional Title: Research Fellow
Institution: Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research, Sheffield Hallam University
Position: Associate Member


Lindsey is a Research Fellow in the field of housing studies. She is particularly interested in subjective experiences of housing and ‘home’, especially amongst more marginalised groups and those living in inadequate accommodation. Her PhD research, completed in 2015, focused on the experiences of homeless women: what ‘home’ means to women who become homeless; how a loss of home impacts on their identities; and how women construct their identities within and beyond their homelessness.

Lindsey has experience in a range of qualitative research techniques – in-depth interviews, focus groups, and visual methods – used in a variety of fieldwork settings, but particularly in engaging with disadvantaged and hard-to-reach groups. Lindsey is interested in more inclusive methods which allow participants greater autonomy over the research process – her PhD employed participant-led photography and ‘photo-elicitation’.

Recent Research Projects

2017-2018 Scaling up social lettings? Scope, impact and barriers, JRF and Nationwide
2017-2018 Addressing transport barriers to work in low income neighbourhoods, JRF
2016-2018 The mental health needs of Nottingham’s homeless population, Nottingham CCG
2017 – 2018 Housing in Later Life: Meeting the Future Needs of Greater Cambridge, South Cambridgeshire District Council
2016 – 2017 The Positive Pathway Model: A rapid evaluation of its impact, St Basils / DCLG.
2015 – 2016 Energy efficiency in the private rented sector: what tenants really think, Eaga Charitable Trust.

Recent Publications

McCarthy, L. (2017) (Re)conceptualising the boundaries between home and homelessness: the unheimlich. Housing Studies, DOI: 10.1080/02673037.2017.1408780
Ambrose, A., McCarthy, L. and Pinder, J. (2017) Energy (in)efficiency: what tenants expect and endure in private rented housing. Sheffield: CRESR, Sheffield Hallam University.
Batty, E., Foden, M., Green, S., McCarthy, L., Robinson, D. and Wilson, I. (2017) Evaluation of Extra Care Housing in Wales. Cardiff: Welsh Government.
Ambrose, A., Eadson, W., Hickman, P. and McCarthy, L. (2015) Tenancy sustainment amongst those aged under 35. Sheffield: CRESR, Sheffield Hallam University.
Batty, E., Beatty, C., Casey, R., Foden, M., McCarthy, L. and Reeve, K. (2015) Homeless people’s experiences of welfare conditionality and benefit sanctions. London: Crisis.
Batty, E., Cole, I., Green, S., McCarthy, L. and Reeve, K. (2015) Evaluation of the Sharing Solutions programme. London: Crisis.
McCarthy, L. (2013) Homelessness and identity: a critical review of the literature and theory. People, Place and Policy, 7 (1), pp. 46-58.
McCarthy, L. (2013) ‘It’s coming from the Heart’: Exploring a Student’s Experiences of ‘Home’ using Participatory Visual Methods. Graduate Journal of Social Science, 10 (2), pp. 76-105.

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