Professor Isobel Anderson


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Professor Isobel Anderson

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Professor Isobel Anderson is Chair in Housing Studies in the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Stirling, where she has worked since 1994.

Isobel currently leads the Home, Housing and Community Research Programme and is Chief Examiner for the MSc/Diploma in Housing Studies. She has previously held a range of research and teaching leadership roles at Stirling.

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 founded and the Working Group on Welfare Policy, Homelessness and Social Exclusion (WELPHASE), jointly co-ordinating this from 2004-2013. Since 2015, she has been joint co-ordinator of the working group on Housing in Developing Countries. She is a UK partner in the African Research Network for Urbanization and Habitable Cities, launched in 2019 and led by the Centre for Housing and Sustainable Development at the University of Lagos, Nigeria.

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 ( 

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