Dr Vikki McCall

Senior Lecturer

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

Dr Vikki McCall

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About me

Dr McCall is Senior Lecturer in Social Policy and Housing at the University of Stirling. Her work focuses on Housing and Ageing and she is leading three major programmes exploring housing and health integration through the lens of an ageing population.

Other work has included extensive research on the role of front-line workers, users and volunteers and the policy process. This has included exploring front-line worker discretion, interpretations, activities and actions.  Part of this work has been around bridging the gap between policy and practice.

As a Lecturer in the Housing Studies programme, Dr McCall delivers the postgraduate Diploma in Housing Studies. This is a prestigious programme verified by the Chartered Institute of Housing, which links theory and practice to housing practitioners for students in the UK and also internationally.

Expertise include housing, volunteers, devolution, poverty, inequality, gender, social problems, urban society and the cultural sector. This also includes experience in lecturing on and conducting social research, comparative social research, qualitative and quantitative methods. Dr McCall has published work around social policy, housing, ageing, policy integration, online academic communities, social inclusion, museums, policy makers' perceptions of culture and cultural data. She is also a leader on e-learning and teaching through a variety of different mediums.

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RATE award - Runner up on Excellence in Teaching in Social Sciences

RATE award - Winner up on Excellence in Teaching in Social Sciences

RATE award - Winner of ‘Excellence in Teaching – School of Applied Social Science’

RATE Award - Winner in ‘Most Innovative in e-learning’
University wide award

RATE Award - Runner up in ‘Excellence in Feedback’

‘Best Newcomer Award’ Journal of Poverty and Social Justice

Community Contribution

Director of the Scottish Federation of Housing Assocations (Co-Optee)

Event / Presentation

Speaker at the Accessibility Summit

Keynote at SHARE annual Conference

Saturday 27th March 2021

Keynote at Care and Repair conference

Presentation of Inclusive Living Toolkit at SHN Asset Management forum

Presentation for the Scottish Housing Network (SHN) asset management forum on Inclusive Living

Presentation of Inclusive Living the HAPPI Hour event for Housing LIN
Housing LIN

HAPPI Hour – Designing for Inclusion: ensuring we have the right tools at our disposal Listen here: https://www.housinglin.org.uk/Events/HAPPI-Hour-Designing-for-Inclusion-ensuring-we-have-the-right-tools-at-our-disposal/

SFHA Chairs conference keynote
Scottish Federation of Housing Associations

Presenting the concept of Inclusive Living

TIS online conference opening keynote

Powering Digital: Online Communication and Tenant Engagement Wednesday 19th August 2020, Virtual event via Zoom

SFHA Development Virtual Conference

Launching the Inclusive Living Toolkit Date: Thursday 17 September 2020

Presented at HSA Conference

Keynote for HSA annual lecture on Older people’s Housing: A vibrant offer?

Attended the Scottish Government logic modelling workshop as presenter
Scottish Government - General

Keynote at Age Scotland conference

Keynote ‘inspirational speaker’ at the Women in Housing annual event

Inspirational speaker

Guest speaker for Bield Housing Association away day

Presentation of the Housing and Ageing programme and Serious Game

Guest speaker for the Scottish Borders older people’s forum

Presenting Housing and Aging research

Guest speaker for the CIH young professionals conference – on expert panel

Presenting at Scottish Housing Innovation Event

Presented at seminar at SFHA Annual conference
Scottish Federation of Housing Associations

Presentation at the Housing Studies Association Conference

Presentatin for the Social Policy Assocaition conference

Keynote speaker for the annual Women in Housing awards

Keynote speaker at the Rural housing Conference

Keynote at SHARE Chairs conference

Keynote speaker at the annual Housing Studies Association lecture


Internal Examiner, FSS

Internal examiner, arts and humanities

Internal examiner, FSS

Internal Examiner, FSS

External Examiners and Validations

External Examiner, University of St Andrews
University of St Andrews

External Examiner, Heriot Watt University
Heriot-Watt University

External examination, University of York
University of York

External Examiner for MSc in Social Policy at Ulster
Ulster University

Other Academic Activities

Co-Leader of SPA Housing Policy Group

Leading Scottish Parliament reception event
Scottish Government - General

Won the Sociological Review Prize for Outstanding Scholarship 2017

Won the Sociological Review Prize for Outstanding Scholarship 2017 for our paper in the Sociological Review "Place revisited: class, stigma and urban restructuring in the case of Glasgow’s Commonwealth Games".

Board member of the Journal of Social Policy and Society

Editor for Home, Housing and Communities: Foundations for Inclusive Society special edition

Editor of Students Companion to Social Policy
Co-editor in the leading Social Policy student text book

Executive Board member for the Social Policy Association

Other Project

CIH Housing and Education Strategy - steering group member

Member of the CIH’s Housing and Education steering group in Scotland

Professional qualification

Teaching Fellow of the HEA
University of Stirling

Chartered member of the Chartered Institute of Housing
Chartered Institute of Housing in Scotland

Supervision of Research Assistants

Leading the Inclusive living research team
Scottish Federation of Housing Associations

Leading the ASUME Norway team

leading the Housing and Ageing programme team

Leading the Talking Health and Housing project team
Wheatley Housing Group Limited, University of Stirling, Talking Mats Ltd and Heriot-Watt University

University Contribution

Hosted the Chinese delegation 27th November

Deputy leader of Home, Housing and Community programme

Head of housing

Deputy Associate Dean of Teaching and Learning

Deputy Associate Dean on Teaching and Learning (Faculty of Social Sciences)
Particular focus on employability and online learning

Faculty Champion for online learning
Chair of the FSS Online Pedagogy Group

Research (9)

Social policy, housing, ageing society, third sector, volunteering, communities, dementia, culture, cultural services, museums, governance, the policy process, poverty, inequality, wellbeing, citizenship, social inclusion and gender


Designing homes for healthy cognitive ageing: co-production for impact and scale (DesHCA)
PI: Professor Alison Bowes
Funded by: Economic and Social Research Council

Dementia Activity Toolkit
PI: Dr Vikki McCall
Funded by: Alberta Health Services

Stonewater - inclusive and assisted living in retirement living schemes
PI: Dr Vikki McCall
Funded by: Longleigh Foundation

ASUME Volunteering and Dementia in Norway
PI: Dr Vikki McCall
Funded by: Nasjonalforeningen for folkehelsen

Talking Technology Enabled Care
PI: Dr Vikki McCall
Funded by: Innovate UK

Quality of Life in Later Years Research Project - Voices of Older People in Scotland
Funded by: Life Changes Trust

The Role of Volunteers in Dementia Care
PI: Dr Vikki McCall
Funded by: Abbeyfield Society

An Evaluation of the 415 Hub and Cluster Innovation Project
PI: Dr Vikki McCall
Funded by: Wheatley Housing Group Limited

Creating conversations: Activity Toolkit for People with Dementia
PI: Dr Vikki McCall
Funded by: Scottish Funding Council

Outputs (43)



Robertson J, Gibson G, Greasley-Adams C, McCall V, Gibson J, Mason-Duff J & Pengelly R (2022) 'It gives you a reason to be in this world': the interdependency of communities, environments and social justice for quality of life in older people. Ageing and Society, 42 (3), pp. 539-563. https://doi.org/10.1017/s0144686x20000859

Research Report

Rolfe S, Pusram A, Robertson J, Gibson G & McCall V (2021) Ageing Well With Assistive Technology: Co-producing technology solutions with older people. A scoping review of the evidence.. Longleigh Foundation/Stonewater Housing Association. Stirling: University of Stirling. https://www.housinglin.org.uk/_assets/Resources/Housing/OtherOrganisation/Scoping-review-final-published-version.pdf

Authored Book

Gray C & McCall V (2020) The Role of Today’s Museum. London: Routledge. https://www.routledge.com/The-Role-of-Todays-Museum/Gray-McCall/p/book/9780367265090

Research Report

McCall V, Phillips J, Lovatt M, Robertson J, Rutherford A, Woolrytch R, Sixsmith J, Macintyre Z, Porteus J, Ziegler F & Eadie J (2019) Housing and Ageing: Linking future strategy to future delivery for Scotland, Wales and England 2030. Scottish Universities Insight Institute and Social Policy Association. https://www.scottishinsight.ac.uk/Programmes/Scotland2030/HousingOlderPeople.aspx

Research Report

Rutherford A, Bu F, Dawson A & McCall V (2019) Volunteering for All: national framework - literature review. Scottish Government. Social Research: People, Communities and Places. https://www.gov.scot/publications/literature-review-scotlands-volunteering-outcomes-framework/




Developing the Scottish housing Education Strategy
University of Glasgow and Chartered Institute of Housing in Scotland