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Professorial Fellow, Institute for Social Policy, Housing and Equalities Research (I-SPHERE), Heriot-Watt University

Sarah Johnsen's research focusses on homelessness (rough sleeping, youth homelessness, family homelessness, ‘single’ (non-statutory) homelessness, ex-service homelessness, homeless children); street culture (begging, street drinking, street-based sex work); the role of faith-based organisations in welfare provision; and social research methods and the ethics of research involving vulnerable people.


  • 2014–present
    Professorial Fellow, Heriot-Watt University
  • 2010–2014
    Senior Research Fellow, Heriot-Watt University
  • 2005–2010
    Research Fellow, Centre for Housing Policy, University of York
  • 2004–2005
    Research Manager, The Salvation Army
  • 2001–2004
    Research Associate, Department of Geography, Queen Mary, University of London