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Clare Vaughan

Project title: Violence and Fear in Homeless Careers: A Biographical Investigation of Young Women at Risk of Homelessness

This research project aims to evaluate the role of ‘fear’ and ‘violence’ in the lives of young adult homeless women in austere times. Much of the current literature on homelessness fails to account for gender and age when examining the homeless experience. This has resulted in homelessness being construed largely as a male social issue and the literature often echoes this fact (Radley, Hodgetts and Cullen, 2006; Young, 2010).

Utilising a range of innovative biographical and narrative methods, this research project will offer a unique contribution to sociological homeless research. Biographical methods in researching homelessness is a growing, yet under-researched, issue in the UK (Mayock and Sheridan, 2012). Photovoice methods (Harrison, 2004) will also be utilised as an opportunity to raise awareness, empower participants, and reinforce participant agency within research.


HSS8001: Thinking About Research

Sociology Summer School
SOC3045 Regulating Sexuality
SOC1032 Politics & Society


Qualifications and achievements

  • BA Human Geography (First Class Hons)
  • MA Sociology & Social Research

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