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Dr Jamie Harding

Senior Lecturer in Research Methods

Department: Social Sciences

Jamie has a BA (Hons) in Social Policy from the University of Newcastle, an MA in Housing Studies from the University of York and a PhD in Sociology and Social Policy from the University of Newcastle.

After Jamie graduated he undertook a number of jobs in the area of public sector housing: he was a housing needs assistant with Newcastle City Council, a housing officer with a housing association and a housing initiative co-ordinator, negotiating for suitable housing for Bosnian refugees arriving in the North East of England.  His experience in this area convinced him of the need for further research into housing issues so he successfully applied for a job at Northumbria in 1995, initially teaching professional housing courses and undertaking related research.

On completing his PhD and publishing the findings as a monograph, Jamie transferred to the then Division of Sociology and Criminology in 2004, continuing to teach and research in the area of homelessness and pursuing further interests in the areas of research methods and criminal justice.  Working with colleagues, he has undertaken large numbers of contract research projects addressing specific social problems within the North East.

Jamie is programme leader for the Masters in Criminology and Criminal Justice and has co-edited a textbook on the Criminal Justice System. He is a Christian, a grandfather and a slow marathon and ultra-marathon runner.


Campus Address

Room 221 Lipman Building
City Campus West

0191 2273545


  • PhD Sociology and Social Policy, University of Newcastle
  • PG Cert University Teaching and Learning, Northumbria University
  • MA Housing Studies, University of York
  • BA (Hons) Social Policy, University of Newcastle, First Class

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

The majority of Jamie’s teaching is in the area of research methods, where he has taught both quantitative and qualitative approaches.  In recent years he has concentrated on qualitative methodology, an area where he has published a textbook and is seeking to use a wide range of methods such as online focus groups.

Jamie’s contract research has concentrated on the area of homelessness, where he works with a number of local partners, some of who provide placements for students.  He has twice taken the role of independent expert at Eurocities reviews of Newcastle City Council’s homelessness services and was part of a European research project examining responses to homelessness in Newcastle, Hamburg, Malmo and Bologna.

Most recently Jamie has undertaken contract research in the area of criminal justice, including one project examining the housing situation of people leaving prison.  He is currently co-editing a book about the criminal justice system in England and Wales. 

The modules on which Jamie teaches reflect the above interests, i.e.

Principles of Social Inquiry
Real World Research
Introduction to the Criminal Justice System
Voluntary Sector Work Experience

He also enjoys supervising undergraduate and Masters dissertations and PhDs, having provided a specific training programme for postgraduate research students

PGR Supervision

Adele Irving Housing and Wellbeing: The Role of the PRS in Meeting the Needs of Single Homeless People

Chris Parker Evaluation of a UK Housing First Service in Newcastle upon Tyne

Allison Lawson Early Service Leavers and the Armed Forces.

Sponsors and Collaborators

Usually working in collaboration with colleagues, Jamie has undertaken contract research for a number of the university’s partners including Newcastle City Council, the Cyrenians (now Changing Lives), Home Housing Association, Youth Homeless North East and Newcastle Youth Offending Team.

Current/Recent Projects

Jamie has obtained the following external funding for research projects, either individually or working with colleagues:

  • 13,433 Euros from the Johann Daniel Lawaetz Foundation for my participation in a European project to examine transitions of marginalised young people
  • £10,000 from Newcastle City Council and Your Homes Newcastle to examine the effectiveness of their ‘whole market’ approach to preventing homelessness
  • £9,868.00 from Durham County Council to evaluate the provision of housing related support for released prisoners
  • £9,820 from Home Housing to Evaluate their Fair Chance programme for young homeless people
  • £8,976.00 from Home Housing to evaluate the provision of intensive support for care leavers 

Key Publications

Harding, J. Mair, G. and Davies, P. (eds) (2017, forthcoming) An introduction to Criminal Justice, Sage

Sayers, Dave, Jamie Harding, Jena Barchas-Lichtenstein, Michael Coffey & Frances Rock. 2017 (forthcoming). Speeding up or Reaching out? Efficiency and Unmet Need as Policy Priorities in Wales. Journal of Language and Politics 16:4.

Guentner, S. and Harding, J. (2015) Can Transnational Exchange in EU Projects Really Lead to Change? A Differentiated Analysis from an Action Research Perspective, European Journal of Social Work 18 (4): 511-524

Harding, J. and Irving, A. (2014) Anti-Social Behaviour Among Homeless People: Assumptions or Reality? in Pickard, S. (ed.) Anti-Social Behaviour in Britain: Victorian and Contemporary Perspectives, Palgrave MacMillan

Guentner, S. and Harding, J. (2013) Active Inclusion – an Effective Strategy to Tackle Youth Homelessness?European Journal of Homelessness 7 (2), pp.249-263

Harding, J. (2013) Qualitative Data Analysis from Start to Finish, Sage

Harding, J. (2012) Choice and Information in the Public Sector: A Higher Education Case Study, Social Policy and Society 11 (2), pp.171-182

Harding, J. (2011) Financial circumstances, financial difficulties and academic achievement among first year undergraduates, Journal of Further and Higher Education 34 (4), pp. 483-499

To view my Northumbria Research Link page click here

Professional Activity

Jamie is the leader of the of the Homelessness and Substance Misuse pillar of the Northern Hub for Veterans and Military Families’ Research (

He is an associate editor for Sociological Research Online.


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