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Dr Jamie Harding

Assistant Professor

Department: Social Sciences

Dr Jamie Harding joined Northumbria University in 1995, achieving his PhD in 2001.  He was initially employed to deliver professional housing courses, reflecting his background of working for social housing organisations.  Jamie transferred to the Division of Sociology and Criminology (now the Department of Social Sciences) in 2004 and has since been programme leader for the MSc Social Sciences, the BA Criminology and Sociology and the MA in Criminology and Criminal Justice.  Departmental PGR co-ordinator is another role that he has enjoyed fulfilling.  He is currently programme leader for the Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship and is delighted to be working in partnership with Northumbria Police. 

Jamie’s main teaching interests are in the area of research methods; he enjoys teaching both quantitative and qualitative methods to undergraduate and postgraduate students.  He has written two methods textbooks.  He also enjoys teaching in the areas of criminal justice, social exclusion and homelessness.

Jamie Harding

My research has largely been concerned with homelessness and has involved working with local agencies on contract research projects.  The agencies that I have worked with in this manner include Your Homes Newcastle, Durham County Council, Changing Lives, Youth Homelessness North East, Home Housing Group (twice) and Newcastle City Council (on several occasions).  The research has frequently been undertaken in collaboration with Dr Adele Irving and other colleagues.  The output for this research has taken the form of reports with recommendations for action, many of which have resulted in practical improvements to services for homeless people.  This work was selected as an impact case study for the 2014 Research Excellence Framework.

I have also undertaken research that takes a more conceptual view of homelessness, which has been published through numerous academic journal articles and two monographs.  The most recent of these was entitled Post-war Homelessness Policy: Making and Implementation and was published by Palgrave MacMillan).  It was based on research that involved searching physical archives and Hansard online, and interviewing former ministers and others who have played a role in the development of policy in this area.

There are a number of new research areas that I am currently developing.  One is the situation of asylum seekers and refugees, a topic on which I have recently completed a piece of contract research for Newcastle City Council.  The other is the practice of policing; I am in the process of writing a book, and creating a documentary, about the evolution of the police response to domestic violence.  I am also looking to explore the public health implications of social problems such as homelessness and domestic violence, and of the police response to them.

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Food provision in Newburn and Denton, Harding, J. 12 Dec 2022
  • Post War Homelessness Policy in the UK: Making and Implementation, Harding, J. 1 Sep 2019
  • An Introduction to Criminal Justice, Harding, J., Davies, P., Mair, G. Jan 2017
  • Speeding up or Reaching out? Efficiency and Unmet Need as Policy Priorities in Wales, Sayers, D., Harding, J., Barchas-Lichtenstein, J., Coffey, M., Rock, F. 22 Jun 2017, In: Journal of Language and Politics
  • Benefit Sanctions and Homelessness: A report by the North East Homelessness Think Tank, Harding, J., Hugman, C., Irving, A. Jul 2015
  • Can transnational exchange in EU projects really lead to change? A differentiated analysis from an action research perspective, Guentner, S., Harding, J. 2015, In: European Journal of Social Work
  • Care leavers, homelessness and the role of organisations, Harding, J. 25 Sep 2015, 10th European Research Conference on Homelessness
  • Inequality, homelessness and public sector housing, Harding, J. Apr 2015, Inequalities in the UK: perceptions, actions, evolutions
  • Mapping the off-street sex industry in Newcastle upon Tyne: An initial analysis, Laing, M., Harding, J., Dodds, L. 2015
  • What are dental non-attenders' preferences for anxiety management techniques? A cross-sectional study based at a dental access centre, Harding, A., Vernazza, C., Wilson, K., Harding, J., Girdler, N. 10 Apr 2015, In: British Dental Journal

  • Christopher Parker Lived Experiences of ‘Choice’, ‘Control’, and ‘Success’ in Housing First Start Date: 07/10/2014 End Date: 27/10/2017
  • Adele Irving Homelessness Pathways and Capabilities: A Study of the Lived Experiences of the Hidden Homeless in Private Hostels in Newcastle-upon-Tyne Start Date: 04/10/2011 End Date: 07/02/2019
  • Adele Irving Homelessness Pathways and Capabilities: A Study of the Lived Experiences of the Hidden Homeless in Private Hostels in Newcastle-upon-Tyne Start Date: 04/10/2011 End Date: 07/02/2019
  • Christopher Parker Lived Experiences of ‘Choice’, ‘Control’, and ‘Success’ in Housing First Start Date: 07/10/2014 End Date: 27/10/2017

  • Sociology PhD December 31 2001
  • Teaching & Learning PGCert December 31 1997
  • Housing MA January 09 1995
  • Fellow (FHEA) Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2001

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