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Joanne Bretherton


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Research interests

Women's homelessness, homelessness, housing precarity and housing and poverty. Domestic abuse and housing. Pan European and Asia Pacific comparative research. 


Dr Joanne Bretherton joined the Centre for Housing Policy, in the Department of Social Policy and Social Work, at the University of York in 2005. She is currently a Research Fellow (Assistant Professor) at CHP and is Co-Director of the Women's Homelessness in Europe Network, a Pan-European academic network coordinated by York and Trinity College, Dublin. Joanne's research focuses on homelessness, women's homelessness, domestic abuse, housing poverty and precarity. Her international interests include comparative work across Europe  and Japan, where she has longstanding connections. Her work explores the gender dynamics of housing inequalities, including the intersections between domestic abuse, homelessness and precarity. 

PhD Supervision

Homelessness; women's homelessness; housing inequality, poverty and precarity; housing and domestic abuse; European and Asia Pacific comparative research, with particular interests in Japan.   


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