Maureen Crane, Reader in Applied Social Research and Senior Research Fellow, has been conducting research on homelessness since 1989 at the University of Sheffield and at King’s College London. Maureen is a registered general and mental nurse and practiced in the field of psychiatry for many years. She pioneered research in the UK on older homeless people, and completed her doctorate on Pathways into Later Life Homelessness in 1997, from which her book Understanding Older Homeless People, Their Circumstances, Problems and Needs was published by the Open University Press.
Maureen secured funding from the Henry Smith’s Charity for St Mungo’s to develop a pioneering drop-in centre and hostel in London for older homeless people. Her work on older homeless people’s unmet needs generated a funding programme by Help the Aged, Crisis and the Housing Associations’ Charitable Trust for services for older homeless people, and the setting up of the UK Coalition on Older Homelessness.
Since the late 1990s, she has developed further the Homelessness Research Programme team. She was awarded a Leverhulme Special Research Fellowship in 2000 and an ESRC Research Fellowship in 2004 to support HRP’s development. Awarded highest grade (outstanding) for work undertaken during ESRC Fellowship. Member of American Caucus on Homelessness, and made seven conference presentations to the Caucus at annual meetings of the American Public Health Association. Also made conference presentations to FEANTSA (European Federation of National Organisations Working with the Homeless). Invited participant at OECD workshop on ‘Integrated Services and Housing’ in Paris (2012).