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Nowhere safe to stay: the dangers of sleeping rough

21 October 2016

This report from St Mungo’s, presents new evidence on the dangers of rough sleeping and the poor service people often receive from council housing options teams. It is based on 40 interviews with St Mungo’s clients and highlights how some asked for help but were turned away or even instructed to sleep rough in order to access services. It makes a number of recommendations – including for MPs and government to support the Homelessness Reduction Bill. It is a policy report containing original research that may be of interest to campaigners, policy professionals and the press. Katy Jones, Research Fellow from the Sustainable Housing & Urban Studies Unit (SHUSU) at the University of Salford was involved in the data collection phase of this study.

To download a copy of the report please visit St Mungo’s website

‘Fuel Poverty: Telling the Story’ Fuel Poverty Research Network

20 September 2016

The Sustainable Housing & Urban Studies Unit (SHUSU) are hosting the second meeting of the Fuel Poverty Research Network (FPRN) on 1st November 2016, 9.30am – 4.30pm at The University of Salford’s MediaCityUK campus.

With the theme ‘Fuel Poverty: Telling the Story’ this interactive session will look at creative ways of understanding and sharing experiences of fuel poverty and learning from some inspiring projects from Greater Manchester and beyond. It is an opportunity to learn about new and creative ways of communicating research and maximising impact, and to be part of a growing network working on this important issue. Researchers, policymakers, government and local authority officers, charities and industry are very welcome. There will plenty of opportunities for participation and networking.

For further information and details on how to register, please visit our online registration page. Places are limited and registration closes on 25th October. For further information please contact Vicki Morris on, 0161 295 2140 or download FPRN Booking Information (PDF).


Hipster Business Review: a study into Greater Manchester based creative entrepreneurial start-ups

15 January 2016

In a collaboration with Salford Business School, SHUSU researchers are looking to interview the entrepreneurs and inspired minds behind creative, chic start-ups in Greater Manchester for a new study.

‘Hipster’ is a term that has been in use for many years, but in the UK it has recently become associated with the rise of an alternative type of entrepreneurialism often focused on art, design and crafts, specialist food and drink and niche digital services. ‘Hipster’ businesses are often set up and staffed by young, tech savvy men and women, generating local hubs of innovation and business ingenuity. For many, digital business models lie at the heart of their enterprise.


Professor Philip Brown appointed Director of Centre for Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences Research

10 November 2015

Phil Brown

Professor Philip Brown has been appointed Director for Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences Research at the University of Salford. In his new role, Philip will be responsible for operationalising the School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences’ research plans, with a specific focus on projects, publications and professional development. He will also continue in his role as Director of the Sustainable Housing & Urban Studies Unit (SHUSU).

Commenting on his new role, Philip said ‘This is an exciting time to be involved in research at the University of Salford. The School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences is home to world-leading research across a number of fields. As well as obvious talent and expertise there is abundant enthusiasm and passion for making the research that is undertaken within the University matter for policy, people and place. I am proud to play a part in helping realise this ambition.’


SHUSU PhD Candidate to present at Roma Summit

9 November 2015

SHUSU PhD student, Liviu Dinu has been invited to speak at the Summit ‘Perspective from the ground: Opportunities for Roma Inclusion in the Western Balkans’. The summit, organised by Civil Rights Defenders, will be held 25-27th November in Pristina, Kosovo. Civil Rights Defenders is an independent expert organisation founded in Stockholm in 1982 with the aim of defending human rights, in particular people’s civil and political rights, while also supporting and empowering human rights defenders at risk.


SHUSU present empty homes research in Exeter

9 November 2015

Danielle Butler, PhD student and SHUSU Associate Member, presented her award winning research on empty homes last week to the South West Empty Homes Conference in Exeter.


Working in collaboration with the Greater Manchester Empty Homes Knowledge Transfer Partnership, Danielle undertook a study into the inertia of empty home owners. Her research, Understanding Inertia: presented an interpretive phenomenological analysis of the experiences of owning an empty home, received the Jonathan Sime Award recognising the contribution of her study to the field of people-environment research.

She presented her research to empty homes practitioners from across 26 local authorities. Danielle shared the stage with John Hughes from Tameside Council, who discussed the benefits of undertaking the Knowledge Transfer Partnership with SHUSU to address the phenomenon of empty homes.

Exeter City Council, who organised the Conference, thanked Danielle and John for contributing to the ‘best South West Empty Homes Forum in recent years.’

Dr Lisa Scullion and Dr Andrew Clark appointed Readers

4 November 2015

We’re delighted to announce SHUSU Members, Dr Lisa Scullion and Dr Andrew Clark have been promoted to Readers. Professor Philip Brown (Director of SHUSU) said “This is testament to the contribution Lisa and Andrew are making in their respective fields and the impact their research is having on some of the urban environments’ most challenging issues. A huge congratulations to both of them on this great achievement.”