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

We will announce more events soon so watch this space.

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 Faculty of Health and Behavioural Science’s School of Social Work at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada. With academic training in philosophy, social psychology, community psychology, and social work, he studies the intersection of religion and the Canadian social welfare system, including social policy and professional practice by social workers. He teachings courses in social welfare and social justice.

This seminar was not recorded but do get in touch if you would like to learn more about Ravi’s work.

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 can and should be made from lived experience data?; what are the implications for the position of the researcher and the research process?; what are the ethical implications and imperatives of taking such an approach?

Dr Kate Summers is a social policy researcher based in the Methodology Department at the London School of Economics. Her work focuses on social security (‘benefits’) policy and aspects of economic inequality.

“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 2021, these twinned issues were playing out. The research painted a worrying picture across issues such as credit use, debt management by firms and government bodies, and the support that health and advice agencies can offer. In this talk.

Conor is Head of Research and Policy at the Money and Mental Health Policy Institute. He is responsible for planning and delivering the organisation’s research, and using insights from the research to develop solutions to break the link between mental health problems and financial difficulties. Prior to joining Money and Mental Health, Conor worked for the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government. He has spent most of his career in the third sector,  with roles at the Resolution Foundation and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.


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 be learned on what works to reduce street homelessness.

“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 use treatment for people experiencing homelessness. The review brought together a body of evidence to understand people’s experiences of problem substance use treatment, which led to the development of a new model to understand effective treatment. The presentation will also cover implications for policy, practice and research.

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 repeat homelessness risk factors and successful Housing Options.

Watch again here

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 ID: 844 2595 9289

When and why might choice in public services have intrinsic (dis) value

Date: June 10, 2021
Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am

Presented by Aveek Bhattacharyra

Dangerous liaisons? Applying the social harm perspective to the inequality, housing and health trifecta

Date: May 20, 2021
Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am

Presented by Craig Gurney, University of Glasgow