I-SPHERE hosts a series of online seminars throughout the year with guest speakers from across the UK and beyond.

We are currently working on dates for our next seminars – in the meantime you can watch previous events again below.


I-SPHERE seminar – Homelessness amongst Black and minoritised ethnic communities in the UK

Date: February 1, 2023
Time: 3:45 pm - 5:00 pm
Location: MS Teams

Professor Glen Bramley and Suzanne Fitzpatrick run through the shocking findings of our recent report on Homelessness amongst Black and minoritised ethnic communities in the UK: a statistical report on the state of the nation — Heriot-Watt Research Portal (hw.ac.uk)

God and Good Works with Dr. Ravi Gokani, Lakeland University, Canada

Date: December 7, 2022
Time: 3:45 pm - 5:00 pm

In this seminar, Dr. Ravi Gokani discussed the evidence and implications of the ‘dual mandate’ in Canada: how evangelical faith-based social service organizations manage two mandates – the first to serve the most vulnerable populations and the second to bring followers into the fold of evangelical Christianity. Dr. Ravi Gokani is an Assistant Professor in […]

The status of ‘lived experience’ in social policy research with Dr Kate Summers LSE

Date: November 21, 2022
Time: 3:45 pm - 5:00 pm
Location: Online

Watch again the presentation by Dr Kate Summers from LSE who considers some of the epistemic implications of the emphasis on lived experience in social research. With the aim of ultimately strengthening the role of this form of research approach, the seminar poses and considers answers to three main questions: what sorts of knowledge claims […]

“Feels like trying to move a mountain with a spoon”: the financial experiences of people with mental health problems by Conor D’Arcy

Date: June 29, 2022
Time: 3:45 pm - 5:00 pm
Location: MS Teams

Watch again as Conor D’Arcy from Money and Mental Health presents key findings from their 2021 research and the policy responses it suggests. Money worries and mental health problems all too often form a toxic cycle. Combining a large-scale polling exercise and qualitative research, the Money and Mental Health Policy Institute explored how, in Summer […]

What works to reduce street homelessness

Date: March 9, 2022
Time: 3:45 pm - 5:00 pm

Prof Suzanne Fitzpatrick and Prof Volker Busch-Geertsema present findings of our international comparative study on approaches to reduce street homelessness. 13 Vanguard cities across the globe committed to reducing or eliminating street homelessness under the Institute of Global Homelessness ‘A place to call home’ programme. The evaluation considers progress, approaches and the lessons that can […]

“You could just show a little more compassion”: Effective problem substance use treatment from the perspective of people experiencing homelessness

Date: February 9, 2022
Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am
Location: Watch again

We are delighted to welcome Dr Hannah Carver from Stirling University to present our February I-SPHERE seminar  “You could just show a little more compassion”: Effective problem substance use treatment from the perspective of people experiencing homelessness This webinar will cover the findings of a qualitative systematic review which explored what constitutes effective problem substance […]

The effectiveness of homelessness prevention methods for Multiple Exclusion Homelessness

Date: January 19, 2022
Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am

Lucie Woellenstein is finalising her PhD at the University of Edinburgh and shares the initial findings of her research project: A systematic review on the effectiveness of homelessness prevention methods for Multiple Exclusion Homelessness. She also summarises planned research on using predictive statistics on administrative data (HL1 and PREVENT1 Scottish Government data sets) to identify […]

I-SPHERE Joint Seminar with Lynne McMordie and Oliver Bowling – Temporary accommodation and begging in the UK

Date: November 24, 2021
Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am

Lynne McMordie presented her research on Understanding the design, use and impacts of temporary and supported accommodation models for homeless households in the United Kingdom. Oliver Bowling presented using the Capabilities Approach to discuss the pathways into begging and the impact it has on individuals who engage in it.

Meeting the needs of BAME households in England – the role of the planning system

Date: September 22, 2021
Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am

Amy Bristow presents her research for I-SPHERE and the Oak Foundation on how the planning system in England is reinforcing racial inequality and calls for reform. Read the report and Exec summary at Meeting the housing needs of BAME households in England: the role of the planning system – I-SPHERE (hw.ac.uk)  Time: Sep 22, 2021 03:45pm Meeting […]