Professor Isobel Anderson is Chair in Housing Studies in the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Stirling. Research She leads the Home, Housing and Community Research Programme and is a member of the Public Services and Governance Research Group.
Isobel’s main research and PhD supervision interests are in homelessness and access to housing; sustainable housing and communities; inequality and social exclusion; housing and health/well-being; participation and empowerment; international comparative housing studies; use of evidence for policy and practice.
She is active in the European Network for Housing Research (ENHR). She was founder and joint co-ordinator (2003-2013) of the ENHR working group on Welfare Policy, Homelessness and Social Exclusion. Since 2015, she has been joint co-ordinator the working group on Housing in Developing Countries. Isobel is also a member of the Women’s Homelessness in Europe Network (WHEN).
She was previously UK researcher for the European Observatory on Homelessness (convened by FEANTSA, the EU association of national homelessness agencies) and remains on the international advisory committee of the European Journal of Homelessness (www.feantsa.org)
Isobel teaches on the Post-Graduate MSc/Diploma in Housing Studies (full-time & part-time programmes). She coordinates modules HOUP005 Housing Governance and HOUP006 Healthy Housing. She also supervises MSc dissertations and acts as marketing and admissions tutor.
Isobel also contributes to the BA Social Policy, Sociology and Criminology with contributions to Modules SPCU9PB Housing Policy and CRMU9TW Criminological Theories and Applications, along with Honours Dissertation supervision.
On the MSc Applied Social Research programme, she contributes to Comparative Social Policy/Research Methods and Masters Dissertation supervision.
Isobel Anderson is a member of the Public Services and Governance Research Group within the Faculty of SocialScience, reflecting her social policy interests in governance, welfare and social inequality.
Her personal research has focused on housing, inequality and social exclusion in the UK and international contexts including:
Housing policy and the social welfare dimensions of housing
Homelessness, housing rights and equalities in access to housing
Sustainable housing, neighbourhoods and communities
Housing governance, interprofessional working and issues of empowerment and participation
Isobel has doctoral research supervision experience on areas such as the effectiveness of antisocial behaviour orders; communities and ethnicity; the factors influencing young people's transitions to independent living; housing, disability and citizenship; joint working to meet the housing needs of veterans; substance use among homeless young people; oral health care of homeless people; consumer voice in public services; and housing for young people in remote rural communities. She welcomes enquiries for doctoral studies on topics relating to housing, communities and well-being/quality of life.
Isobel is increasingly developing international and interdisciplinary research through leadership of the Home, Housing and Communities research programme.