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Miss Adele Irving

Senior Lecturer in Criminology

Department: Social Sciences

Adele Irving is a Senior Lecturer in, and Undergraduate Programme Leader of, Criminology in the Department of Social Sciences, Northumbria University.

ADSS Adelleirving Staffprofile 255She specialises in research in the area of multiple social exclusion, with particular expertise in homelessness and offending. Adele has undertaken a substantial number of applied research and evaluation projects in the region, commissioned by a range of clients, including local authorities, police forces, probation trusts, youth offending teams, homelessness charities and various trusts and foundations. She also has an excellent track record of successful collaborative working with the public and third sectors and a range of marginalised client groups. She is committed to supporting knowledge exchange between academics and practitioners, capacity building within the Third Sector and amongst service users, and the improvement of policy and practices affecting vulnerable groups.  

Adele is a founding member of the North East Homeless Think Tank, academic advisor to the North East Third Sector Research Group and a board member of Jigsaw Recover project. She was recently awarded the Local Area Research + Intelligence Association prize for ‘Best Presentation of Local Area Research’ for the ESRC-funded project, ‘Imaging Homelessness in a City of Care’, with Oliver Moss, and is near completion of her doctoral studies into the lived experiences of single homeless people in private hostels in the North East. 

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Qualifications

MA, BA

  • MA Public Administration, Northumbria University, June 2008, Distinction
  • BA Politics, Nottingham/Northumbria University, June 2005, First Class

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

Research Interests

Adele’s areas of research interest and experience include the social impacts of the arts, multiple social exclusion/homelessness, welfare reform and youth offending. Adele has managed and/or assisted the delivery of a number of applied research and evaluation projects, on behalf of, and funded by, a range of clients, including: the European Commission, the Department for Work and Pensions, Newcastle City Council, Newcastle Youth Offending Team, Helix Arts, the Cyrenians, VONNE and the North East Offender Health Commissioning Unit. Projects typically consist of strategic reviews, service evaluations and the identification of evidence bases to support new service development and policy change. Adele is currently exploring the relationship between housing and exclusion, focusing on the levels of exclusion faced by low-income households living in Houses in Multiple Occupation in particular, through doctoral study.

Professional Activity

Key Roles in the Department

  • Identifying tender opportunities
  • Developing research proposals
  • Managing and delivering research and evaluation projects
  • Disseminating research and evaluation findings

Sponsors and Collaborators

Members of Bodies

  • North East Homelessness Think Tank

 

Affiliated Research Website

The Northumbria Centre for Offenders and Offending

 

Grants and Awards

Safer Sutton Partnership, ‘Audit of Faith Group Activity across the London Borough of Sutton’, with Rachael Chapman, Paul Biddle and Bankcole Cole, £5,000, June 2013.

Durham County Council, ‘Evaluation of Through the Gate Plus’, with Jamie Harding, Charlotte Bilby and Louise Ridley, £10,000, June 2013.

Youth Homeless North East, ‘Youth Homelessness in the North East’ Survey 2013, £1,000, March 2013.

Northern Rock Foundation, ‘Exploring the Relationship between Living in Houses in Multiple Occupation and Experiences of Disadvantage’, with Jamie Harding and Mark Cieslik, in partnership with Newcastle City Council, £10,000, 2013.

Institute for Local Government, ‘Evaluation of the Impacts of Welfare Reform on Households in the North East’, with Teesside University, £25,000, 2013.

Northern Rock Foundation, ‘Evaluation of Recover Support Work’, with Mike Rowe and Sarah Soppitt, £17,5000, 2013.

Northern Rock Foundation, ‘Homelessness and Welfare Reform: Mitigating the Impacts’, with the North East Homelessness Think Tank, £12,4000, 2013

BIG Lottery Fund, ‘Creativity Matters’, with Equal Arts, £30,000, 2012.

Institute for Local Government, ‘Evaluation of the 'High Impact Households' Project’, with Mike Rowe, Sarah Soppitt and Suzanne Martin, £12,000, 2012.

Newcastle Youth Offending Team, ‘Evaluation of the Role of a Public Health Nurse within Newcastle Youth Offending Team’, £5,000, 2012.

Millfield House Foundation and Northern Rock Foundation, ‘Male Action Project: Exploring the Lives of Male Sex Workers in the North East’, with Mary Laing and the Cyrenians, £5,000, 2012.

The Cyrenians, ‘Cost-benefit analysis of housing-related support services for homeless people (Cyrenians case study)’, with Jamie Harding and Sarah Soppitt, £10,000, 2011.

VONNE Policy and Representation Partnership, ‘Meeting the Housing-Related Support Needs of Homeless People in the North East: The Voluntary and Community Sector Perspective’, with the Cyrenians, £12,000, 2011.

Northern Rock Foundation, ‘PEER: Exploring the Hidden Lives of Sex Workers in the North East’, with Mary Laing and the Cyrenians, £4,000, 2011.

NHS South of Tyne and Wear and Equal Arts, 'Creative Ageing', £10,000, 2011,

Webb Trust, 'Origins of Poverty', with Jamie Harding, Mary Laing and the Cyrenians, £20,000, 2010.

Intercultural Arts and Culture, Creativity and Education (CCE), 'Creative Policies for Creative Cities', £6,000, 2010.

Helix Arts, 'Evaluation of ‘Choices’ and ‘Moving On’ programmes', £10,000, 2010.

Current/Recent Projects

RESEARCH PROJECT UNDERTAKEN

‘Evaluation of Through the Gate Plus', with Jamie Harding, Charlotte Bilby and Louise Ridley, funded by Durham County Council, in progress, £10,000.

'Exploring the Relationship between Living in Houses in Multiple Occupation and Experiences of Disadvantage’, with Jamie Harding and Mark Cieslik, in partnership with Newcastle City Council, funded by the Northern Rock Foundation, in progress, £10,000.

‘Evaluation of the National Ugly Mugs Scheme’, with Mary Laing (Northumbria University) and Jane Pitcher (Loughborough University), commissioned by the UK Network of Sex Work Projects, 2013, £7,400.  

‘Evaluation of the Impacts of Welfare Reform on Households in the North East’, with Teesside University, funded by the Institute for Local Government, 2013, £25,000.

‘Evaluation of Recover Support Work’, with Mike Rowe and Sarah Soppitt, commissioned by Northumbria Probation Trust, funded by the Northern Rock Foundation, in progress, £17,500.

‘Homelessness and Welfare Reform: Mitigating the Impacts’, with Dr Jamie Harding and the North East Homelessness Think Tank, funded by Northern Rock Foundation, in progress, £12,400. 

‘Evaluation of Newcastle City Council’s Whole Market Approach to Homelessness Prevention (2)’, with Jamie Harding, commissioned by Newcastle City Council, in progress, £10,000.

‘Evaluation of the Intensive Support to Care Leavers Scheme’, with Jamie Harding, commissioned by Home Housing Group, £9,000.

‘Creativity Matters’, commissioned by Equal Arts, funded by the BIG Lottery Found, in progress, £30,000.

This project is evaluating the impact of a series of art-based workshops on the wellbeing of older people living in care homes in Gateshead and South Tyneside.

‘Male Action Project: Exploring the Lives of Male Sex Workers in the North East’, with Mary Laing, commissioned by the Cyrenians, funded by Millfield House Foundation and Northern Rock Foundation, February 2013.

The aim of this project is to further develop the evidence-base in relation to the nature of the male sex industry in the North East and the needs of ‘survival’ male sex workers. In addition, the project will incorporate a programme of campaigning activities to stimulate and facilitate policy change at the local, regional and national levels. The overall aim of the campaign will be to promote the need for gender-nuanced policy around prostitution and the adoption of a proactive approach to meeting the regulatory and support needs of male sex workers.

‘Evaluation of the Policy and Representation Partnership’, commissioned by VONNE, January 2013.

This evaluation explored the capacity of VCS organizations in the North East to engage in policy activity; the value of the work of the Partnership to date; and, where future investment could be targeted to further support the VCS in the North East to influence policy.

Evaluation of the 'High Impact Households' Project, with Mike Rowe, Sarah Soppitt and Suzanne Martin, funded by the Institute for Local Government, November 2012.

The purpose of the evaluation is to advise on the development of the High Impact Households pilot project and to develop a series of recommendations to inform the wider roll out of the project.

Creativity Matters, commissioned by Equal Arts, funded by the BIG Lottery Found, in progress.

This project is evaluating the impact of a series of art-based workshops on the wellbeing of older people living in care homes in Gateshead and South Tyneside.

Male Action Project: Exploring the Lives of Male Sex Workers in the North East, with Mary Laing, commissioned by the Cyrenians, funded by Millfield House Foundation and Northern Rock Foundation, in progress.

The aim of this project is to further develop the evidence-base in relation to the nature of the male sex industry in the North East and the needs of ‘survival’ male sex workers. In addition, the project will incorporate a programme of campaigning activities to stimulate and facilitate policy change at the local, regional and national levels. The overall aim of the campaign will be to promote the need for gender-nuanced policy around prostitution and the adoption of a proactive approach to meeting the regulatory and support needs of male sex workers.

Cost-benefit analysis of housing-related support services for homeless people (Cyrenians case study), with Jamie Harding and Sarah Soppitt, funded by the Cyrenians, in progress.

The aims of this project are: to assess the financial and social benefits of Supporting People funded services for homeless service users; to assess whether investment in packages of support that include HRS, produce a net financial and social benefit; and, to produce a model that can be used by LAs to evidence the value of HRS services.

Evaluation of the 'High Impact Households' Project, with Mike Rowe, Sarah Soppitt and Suzanne Martin, funded by the Institute for Local Government, in progress.

The purpose of the evaluation is to advise on the development of the High Impact Households pilot project and to develop a series of recommendations to inform the wider roll out of the project.

'Meeting the Housing-Related Support Needs of Homeless People in the North East', with the Cyrenians, funded by VONNE Policy and Representation Partnership, in progress.

This project is exploring the impact of public sector funding cuts on the capacity of local authorities and VCS organisations in the North East to meet the housing-related support needs of homeless people.

'PEER: Exploring the Lives of Sex Workers in Newcastle through Participatory Action Research’, with Mary Laing, commissioned by the Cyrenians, funded by Northern Rock Foundation, in progress.

This project aims to provide a detailed qualitative survey of the needs of sex workers in the North East, in order to inform evolving service provision in the context of changing law and local policy frameworks; to inform local prostitution strategies; and, to develop academic criminological and geographical theory and debate concerning the banishment of socially excluded groups from public space.

‘Evaluation of the Role of a Public Health Nurse within Newcastle Youth Offending Team’, commissioned by Newcastle Youth Offending Team, funded by Safe Newcastle, 2012.

The remit of the evaluation was to review the types and level of activity undertaken by the Public Health Nurse (PHN) since being appointed; identify and quantify improvements in the health outcomes of vulnerable young people as a result of engagement with the PHN; and, develop a series of recommendations regarding the future development of the role.

'Creative Ageing', commissioned by Equal Arts, funded by NHS South of Tyne and Wear, 2011.

This project was an evaluation of the impact of a programme of arts-based workshops on the health and wellbeing of older people showing early signs of dementia or depression and who are at risk of social exclusion, living in the Gateshead area.

'Origins of Poverty', with Jamie Harding and Mary Laing, commissioned by the Cyrenians, funded by the Webb Trust, 2011.

This project explored the causes of poverty and chronic exclusion among homeless people accessing emergency accommodation in the North East. The project focused on identifying points at which services could have been provided (or provided more effectively) to reduce their risk of chronic exclusion.

'The Effectiveness of Early Diversion Interventions in Tackling Youth Offending', with Sarah Soppitt, funded by Newcastle Youth Offending Team, 2011.

The aims of this project were to provide an evidence base to support the positive impacts of early diversion interventions (Triage, in particular) on young people involved in low level crime and to develop a series of recommendations for the wider roll-out of the Triage model.

'Review of the Management of Coronary Heart Disease (CHD) in HMP Holme House, Kirklevington Grange, Acklington and Frankland', with Wendy Dyer and Paul Biddle, funded by the North East Offender Health Commissioning Unit, 2010.

This project was a review of the management of CHD in the case study prisons, in order to inform the development of improved management arrangements in line with the National Service Framework for CHD and NICE guidelines.

'Mapping Clinical Pathways in HMP Holme House, Kirklevington Grange, Acklington and Frankland', with Wendy Dyer and Paul Biddle, funded by the North East Offender Health Commissioning Unit, 2010.

This project involved mapping the clinical pathway from prison healthcare to community healthcare in the case study prisons, in order inform the development of seamless through-care and a comprehensive discharge planning process in the future.

‘Creative Policies for Creative Cities’, commissioned by Intercultural Arts, funded by Culture, Creativity and Education (CEE), 2010.

Working in partnership with CCE and Intercultural Arts, this project explored the engagement of marginalised groups in delivering culture-led urban regeneration. This was one aspect of an EU-wide project investigating the potential role of the creative industries in intercultural dialogue within the expanding EU.

‘Lone Parent Obligations’, CPP team, funded by the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP), 2009.

Working in conjunction with Inclusion, this project evaluated the extent to which lone parent employment interventions provided an effective incentive to work, alongside an effective package of support for workless lone parents to enable them to find, enter and sustain paid employment.

‘Evaluation of ‘Choices’ and ‘Moving On’ programmes’, with Jude Murphy and Abigail Archer, funded by Helix Arts, 2009.

This project explored the impact of arts-based workshops on the re-offending rates of young offenders and to develop methodologies for assessing the intrinsic importance of creative activity on people’s lives.

‘WORKSTEP Customer Survey’, CPP team, funded by DWP, 2009.

This project involved providing baseline data on WOKSTEP customers to support an evaluation of the impact of the proposed new modular programme on the customer group, following IDEAS restructuring.

 

RECENT REPORTS

Irving, A. (2017) Youth Homelessness in the Ne Annual Survey Findings 2017, a report for YHNE (six annual survey reports, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017) 

Irving, A, (2016) An Evaluation of Creativity Matters, for Equal Arts, funded by Big Lottery (5 annual evaluation reports, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016) 

Soppitt, S., Irving, A., Lilley, S. and Rowe, M. (2015) Scoping the Development of a Critical Employment Pathway for IOM Offenders in County Durham and Darlington. Project Report. Northumbria University.

Rowe, M., Soppitt, S., Irving, A. and Lilley, S. (2015) Evaluation of the Positive Pathways Programme for Northumbria Community Rehabilitation Company. Project Report. Northumbria University.

Irving, A., Parker, C. and Soppitt, S. (2015) A Whole City Response to the Use of Novel Psychoactive Substances (NPS) by Young People in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Project Report. Northumbria University.

Harding, J., Hugman, C. and Irving, A. (2015) Benefit Sanctions and Homelessness: A report by the North East Homelessness Think Tank. Project Report. North East Homelessness Think Tank.

Dresser, P., Irving, A. and Soppitt, S. (2015) An Evaluation of the British Red Cross’ Educational Pilot Project for Young People Serving Reparation Orders. Project Report. Northumbria University.

Irving, A. (2015) Housing as a Means, Not an End: The Health and Wellbeing of HMO Residents in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Project Report. Northumbria University.

Harding, J., Irving, A. and Stretesky, C. (2015) Youth Homeless North East Survey Report 2015. Project Report. Youth Homeless North East.

Irving, A. (2014) Creativity Matters – Third Year Evaluation report. Project Report. Northumbria University. (Unpublished)

Irving, A., Biddle, P. and Moss, O. (2014) Evaluation of the People's Kitchen. Project Report. Northumbria University.

 


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