Sarah Coward set up her own business as a Freelance Research Consultant in 2011, having previously been employed at several academic institutions. Sarah has 18 years academic research experience in the policy fields of housing and homelessness, health and urban regeneration. Sarah specialises in carrying out qualitative research with vulnerable/marginalised groups and has expertise in conducting longitudinal research. She has a particular interest in the housing, health and social care needs of homeless people.
Sarah was her awarded her PhD in 2019 from The University of Sheffield, entitled Home life: the meaning of home for people who have experienced homelessness. This has led to a particular interest in the role social context plays in the housing pathways of vulnerable/marginalised groups.
Sarah worked with the Social Care Workforce Research Unit (SCWRU) from 2011 and is currently working on the NIHR funded HEARTH study - Delivering Primary Health Care to Homeless People within the NIHR Health & Social Care Workforce Research Unit (SCWRU's successor Policy Research Unit since 2019). Sarah worked with SCWRU on a number of other studies:
Evaluation of St Mungo’s Broadway Peer Advice Link (PAL) Service
NIHR funded study - Service Provision for Older People who are Homeless and have Memory Problems
NIHR funded study - Rebuilding Lives: supporting formerly homeless people to achieve independent living
DoH funded study - The Longitudinal Care Work Study (LoCS)