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University of Stirling


Professor Isobel Anderson


Housing Studies 4T13 Colin Bell Building, University of Stirling Stirling FK9 4LA United Kingdom

Professor Isobel Anderson

About me

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 (


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.

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