News and blogs

Children most notable in national planning policies through their absence – what needs to change?

The Royal Town Planning Institute recently released ‘Child Friendly Planning In the UK: A Review‘, authored by Dr Jenny Wood of I-SPHERE and A Place in Childhood, and Dinah Bornat of ZCD Architects. The report examines planning policy and legislation at a national level across all four UK nations to assess the extent to which […]


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I-SPHERE Seminars and PHD opportunities

Seminars The I-SPHERE seminar programme for 2020 starts on Wednesday 22nd January with Autumn Roesch-Marsh of Edinburgh University coming to Heriot Watt to talk about her research – Wellbeing and Transition: The needs of BME, migrant and refugee children and their families. The seminar takes place in Rm 1.08, the William Arrol Building, Heriot Watt […]


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I-SPHERE seminar series kicks off today

We are excited that the I-SPHERE seminar series kicks off again today with Claire Frew from the Glasgow Homelessness Network joining us to share her findings on Participatory Action Research: Supporting People with Lived Experience of Homelessness to Co-Deliver Research. The seminar takes place in 1.09 William Arrol, Heriot Watt University and everyone is welcome. […]


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I-SPHERE wins The Queen’s Anniversary Prize

The I-SPHERE team are delighted to have been nominated for and announced as one of the winners of The Queen’s Anniversary Prize 2019. Queen’s Anniversary Prizes are awarded once every two years in recognition of the outstanding work delivered by UK colleges and universities. Winning entries, awarded by The Queen on the advice of the […]


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State of Hunger

Yesterday The Trussell Trust published I-SPHEREs year 1 report on the State of Hunger research project. The State of Hunger is methodologically the most wide-ranging and robust inquiry into drivers of hunger in the country so far.  This is the  first annual report of the 3-year study. From the start, the study has been designed […]


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Autumn News from I-SPHERE

It’s been a busy few months for I-SPHERE.  Here is a round up of what the team have been involved in and new projects underway. Appointments Professor Morag Treanor been appointed as a Commissioner on the Scottish Government’s Poverty and Inequality Commission. Professor Suzanne Fitzpatrick is to chair a Homelessness Prevention Working Group, supported by […]


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Professor Suzanne Fitzpatrick to chair Homelessness Prevention Group

Today (Tuesday 8 October) the Minister for Local Government, Housing and Planning, Kevin Stewart MSP, announced the Government’s commitment to develop a legal duty for local authorities to prevent homelessness, creating a working group to develop recommendations around this duty. The expert working group will be chaired by I-SPHERE Director Professor Suzanne Fitzpatrick.  It will […]


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Overcoming barriers to healthcare for people experiencing homelessness

I-SPHERE Professor Sarah Johnsen describes how a flexible and relational approach helps to overcome many of the barriers that homeless people face when accessing healthcare.  As policy interest in inclusion health has escalated, there has been increased recognition that existing healthcare services often fail to meet the needs of people experiencing homelessness.  A recent independent […]


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