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Homelessness Research Programme

Welcome to the Homelessness Research Programme at King's College London

The Homelessness Research Programme (HRP) is based in the NIHR Health & Social Care Workforce Research Unit (HSCWRU) at King’s College London, and brings together leading researchers in the field.

Aims of HRP

  • To contribute to theory development, by exploring the causes of homelessness and the ways in which it can be prevented.
  • To understand better the needs and circumstances of homeless and formerly homeless people.
  • To influence policy development on the prevention and alleviation of homelessness, and the improvement of services for homeless and formerly homeless people.

Current studies

There are two major studies in progress in the HRP at present:

HEARTH: Delivering primary health care to homeless people: an evaluation of the integration, effectiveness and costs of different models (2015-2018; PI: Dr Maureen Crane)

Effectiveness and Cost-effectiveness of ‘Usual Care’ versus ‘Specialist Integrated Care’: A Comparative Study of Hospital Discharge Arrangements for Homeless People in England (2015-2017; CI: Dr Michelle Cornes)

We are also examining Safeguarding Adults Reviews where homelessness was a factor (report published September 2019). A new study on homelessness and self-neglect commenced towards the end of 2019.

Researchers at HRP

Dr Maureen Crane (Reader in Applied Social Research and Senior Research Fellow at HSCWRU) has been conducting research on homelessness since 1989, formerly at the Sheffield Institute of Studies on Ageing at the University of Sheffield. Dr Louise Joly (Research Fellow) was a nurse in a primary health care team working with single homeless people for six years, and since 2000 has been conducting studies on homelessness.

Dr Michelle Cornes (Senior Research Fellow at HSCWRU) leads on research into multiple and complex needs. Along with Professor Manthorpe (Director of HSCWRU) she has completed research for the ESRC on ‘Communities of Practice’ and is currently undertaking a national study to evaluate hospital discharge arrangements for homeless people.

See also: HRP team


For more information about HRP contact:

Dr Maureen Crane:  (020 7848 1647)


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