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Jan joined the National Addiction Centre, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) at King’s College London in January 2020 having previously worked at the Centre for Social Investigation (CSI), Nuffield College, University of Oxford.  Jan examined discourses of poverty, exploring how people defined as living in poverty talk about poverty, for her PhD and conducted further research into poverty in the Scottish Borders.  She was Research Associate on a two-year social-action research project, working with low-income households experiencing high levels of debt in Middlesbrough and Stockton-on-Tees.  Jan then moved into front line practice, working as an intensive family support worker for nearly 6 years at Leicestershire County Council before returning to academia.  Her most recent post at CSI involved life history interviewing, using the visual qualitative method of life mapping, with people who were currently or recently homeless in the city of Oxford.

Jan is Research Fellow on the Relations Study, a 3-year ESRC funded project examining policies and practices in the governance of parents who use opioids and their families.

Research Interests

  • Poverty
  • Parental drug use
  • Homelessness

Key Publications

Flaherty, J., and Banks, S. (2013), In whose interest? The dynamics of debt in poor households, Journal of Poverty and Social Justice, Volume 21(3), 219-232.

Downey, J., Stephens, M., & Flaherty, J. (2012). The ‘sluice-gate’ public sphere and the national DNA database in the UK. Media, Culture & Society34(4), 439–456.

Flaherty, J. (2008) Getting By, Getting Heard: Listening to the voices of experience, final report for the Scottish Borders Social Exclusion and Poverty Commission. Poverty Alliance. Glasgow.

Flaherty, J. (2006) ‘Impoverished Citizenship?’ in Weir, S (Ed) Unequal Britain: Human rights as a route to social justice, London: Politico.

Flaherty, J., Viet-Wilson, J. and Dornan, P (2004) Poverty the Facts, London: CPAG