Dr Filip Sosenko is a Research Fellow at I-SPHERE (Institute for Social Policy, Housing and Equalities Research), Heriot-Watt University. His research focuses on destitution, foodbanks, homelessness and ‘complex needs’. A sociologist and methodologist by background, Filip has advanced statistical analysis skills but also frequently uses qualitative research methods, on which he wrote his doctoral dissertation. He has contributed to several influential research reports, including ‘Destitution in the UK’ for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Hard Edges: Mapping Severe and Multiple Disadvantage in England’ for the Lankelly Chase Foundation and ‘Review of Scottish Welfare Fund Interim Scheme’ for the Scottish Government.
Filip is currently principal investigator on the largest-ever study of foodbank users in the UK (for the Trussell Trust) and is also leading on a gendered analysis of ‘severe and multiple disadvantage in England’ for the Lankelly Chase Foundation. He is also involved in a study of ‘severe and multiple disadvantage in Scot
- Severe Poverty/destitution
- Complex needs
- Adverse childhood experiences