Professor Isobel Anderson

Housing Studies 3S33 Colin Bell Building, University of Stirling Stirling FK9 4LA United Kingdom

About me

Professor Isobel Anderson is Chair in Applied Social Science (Housing Studies) at the University of Stirling, where she has worked since 1994.

She graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Geography from the University of St Andrews in 1983 and worked for a number of years as a housing professional, becoming a member of the Chartered Institute of Housing in 1989.

She worked as a Research Fellow at the Centre for Housing Policy, University of York from 1990-93, later gaining her D Phil in Social Policy and Social Work (Understanding single homelessness: the value of the concept of social exclusion, University of York, 1999). Isobel was appointed as a Lecturer at the University of Stirling in 1994 and promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2004 and Chair in 2009.

Isobel teaches on the MSc/Diploma in Housing Studies, as well as contributing to other taught programmes and undertaking doctoral supervision. Her teaching interests include professional development and interprofessional learning.

Active in UK and international research networks, Isobel founded the working group on Welfare Policy, Homelessness and Social Exclusion within the European Network for Housing Research, jointly co-ordinating the group from 2003-2013 (

She was UK researcher for the European Observatory on Homelessness (convened by FEANTSA, the EU association of national homelessness agencies) during 2001-2006 and remains on the international advisory committee of the European Journal of Homelessness ( She is a board member of Scottish Homeless Action.

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