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Adele Irving

Senior Lecturer

Department: Social Sciences

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. 


  • MA November 21 2005
  • Politics BA (Hons) June 30 2005

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Keeping It in the Family, Holligan, C., McLean, R., Irving, A., Brick, C. 19 Mar 2019, In: Societies
  • Imaging Homelessness in a City of Care – Participatory Mapping with Homeless People, Irving, A., Moss, O. Nov 2018, This Is Not An Atlas, Transcript Verlag
  • The legitimacy of offender management programmes in a post-TR landscape, Rowe, M., Irving, A., Soppitt, S. 1 Jan 2018, In: Safer Communities
  • An Evaluation of the British Red Cross’ Educational Pilot Project for Young People Serving Reparation Orders, Dresser, P., Irving, A., Soppitt, S. Apr 2015
  • A Whole City Response to the Use of Novel Psychoactive Substances (NPS) by Young People in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Irving, A., Parker, C., Soppitt, S. Aug 2015
  • Benefit Sanctions and Homelessness: A report by the North East Homelessness Think Tank, Harding, J., Hugman, C., Irving, A. Jul 2015
  • Co-producing Approaches to the Management of Dementia through Social Prescribing, Baker, K., Irving, A. 16 Mar 2015, In: Social Policy & Administration
  • Evaluation of the Positive Pathways Programme for Northumbria Community Rehabilitation Company, Rowe, M., Soppitt, S., Irving, A., Lilley, S. Sep 2015
  • Housing as a Means, Not an End: The Health and Wellbeing of HMO Residents in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Irving, A. Feb 2015
  • Imaging Homelessness in a City of Care, Irving, A., Moss, O. Mar 2015


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