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Homelessness: The Ultimate Exclusion

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An artistic image representing being homeless

Within the Social Sciences Homelessness is a social issue that can be studied and analysed from different perspectives.

Between 2010 & 2017 it's estimated the number of rough sleepers on a single night rose 169%. 

On the 23rd of March 2020, the government acted swiftly in response to the pandemic, by moving 90% of rough sleepers into hotels, bed & breakfasts, and temporary accommodation.

This interdisciplinary event will explore how homelessness can be understood from the perspectives of Criminology, Sociology, Health and Social Care, and Policing, to tease out the wider structural factors that compound this ever-growing social problem.    

Join us on campus for the following talks:


Dr Angela Wilcock with, The revolving door, I only need a room! Angela will explore the interconnected issues relating to offenders leaving prison and homelessness from a criminological perspective. Homelessness is recognised as a key area within offender management and as a key means of reducing reoffending. This talk will highlight the main issues that arise throughout the criminal justice system, to question why so many offenders are being left out in the cold. 

Dr Jerry Pearson give a talk titled, Begging for a home. Rough sleeping and begging in major cities are visible symptoms of the homelessness crises and as an enforcement agency, the police are frequently forced to make difficult choices in their approach towards the homeless. Jerry will discuss the issues around homelessness from a policing perspective and explore some of the reasons why the police are frequently viewed as unsympathetic to the problem of homelessness. This talk will also explore whether a more nuanced approach towards the homeless might be better adopted by the police.  

Tom Rogers brings us, Hostile Architecture: The Sad and Sorry State of Anti-Homeless Urban Design. Tom will explore the ways in which city planning and urban design have become overtly anti-homeless in recent years from a sociological perspective. For sociologists interested in this field there is a serious need to question the trend toward anti-homeless urban design. What does it mean when the visible "solution" to homelessness is rooted in hostile architecture that aims to punish the poor and impoverished? 

Finally, Liz Henry presents, There’s no place like home: Home, Health & Wellbeing. Liz will explore how our bonds with places are central to the impact homelessness has on our wellbeing, from a Health and Social Care perspective. By researching the attachments to our homes, we can gain a better understanding of how our health and wellbeing is impacted when this bond is disrupted.  


This event is suitable for Year 12 and Year 13. We take group bookings from teachers and individual bookings from students. 

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