February 24, 2022
We're delighted to announce that we have produced a special edition of the European Journal of Homelessness to highlight the evaluation and data analysis to understand what works to end homelessness being carried out across Europe and beyond.
The Journal has been co-edited by our CEO, Ligia Teixeira, Hannah Green, our Lived Experience Specialist, and Professor Tomas O'Sullivan of Trinity College Dublin. It brings together people who have experienced homelessness, policy-makers, researchers and influential individuals, including Baroness Casey and Professor Danny Dorling from across the global North.
The special edition celebrates the best examples of robust evaluation and 'knowledge into practice' and features 18 journal articles from contributors including Tim Aubry, Professor of at the University of Ottawa, Juha Kaakinen, Chief Executive of the Y-Foundation, Kelly Doran, Assistant Professor at NYU School of Medicine, Danny Dorling, Professor of Human Geography at the, University of Oxford, Baroness Casey of Blackstock and Lydia Stazen, Chief Executive of the Institute of Global Homelessness, and Stephen Aldridge Director of Analysis and Data at the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities. .
The articles fit into the following broad themes:
The journal highlights the importance of the role of people with first hand experience in policy making, research and implementation to help tackle homelessness. It also focuses on how homelessness cannot be solved by the homelessness sector alone, but also requires the collective efforts of all areas of society, from the health sector to the arts.
Ligia commented on the importance of this edition:
‘It is a defining moment for homelessness. We know a lot about how to address homelessness, but there is still a lot we don’t yet know, which is what led us to produce the special edition of the journal which highlights the work already being done across Europe.
‘We hope that readers will find, as we do, the mix of the more accessible and more technical contributions stimulating.
‘In this moment of great change, we are aiming to mobilise a growing chorus of ‘what works’ champions – from local councils, to central government, and universities across Europe – to ensure that, as part of aiming to end homelessness for good, we use this opportunity to understand how to end it effectively, how to end it sustainably, and, most importantly, how to end it with evidence.’