Dr Elisabeth Garratt

Sheffield Methods Institute

Lecturer in Quantitative Methods

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Dr Elisabeth Garratt
Sheffield Methods Institute
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Understanding homelessness & food poverty - Meet Dr Elisabeth Garrett
Beth is an interdisciplinary social scientist, joining the Sheffield Methods Institute as a Lecturer in Quantitative Methods in September 2019. Before this, she was a Research Fellow at the Centre for Social Investigation, Nuffield College, Oxford. She completed her PhD in Social Statistics at the University of Manchester in 2015, exploring the role of income on mental health in 3-12 year-old British children and their parents. She also holds an MSc in Social Research Methods and Statistics (University of Manchester) and a BA in Psychology with Philosophy (University of Oxford).
From April 2023, Beth is serving as Principal Investigator on an ESRC-funded project entitled 'Navigating food insecurity and environmental sustainability on a low income: A case study of Sheffield mothers'. The project will explore mothers' experiences of day-to-day food provisioning on a low income, incorporating novel considerations about the role played by environmental sustainability practices in everyday food provisioning. This feminist, qualitative research project will involve 15 months of longitudinal fieldwork with 15 low-income families in Sheffield, combining in-depth interviews with ethnographic elements.
Beth is also currently writing up findings from an earlier qualitative research project exploring people’s experiences of homelessness in the city of Oxford, where she also served as the Principal Investigator. This project used in-depth interviews and life history mapping to explore people’s housing and homelessness biographies over the lifecourse. Its particular focus is on the long-term causes of homelessness and people's trajectories through different experiences of homelessness over time.
Beth holds a PGCert in Teaching for Learning in Higher Education and is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Research interests
  • Homelessness
  • Housing exclusion
  • Food insecurity and food poverty
  • Emergency food
  • Mental health
  • Poverty
  • Welfare policy
  • Quantitative methods
  • Qualitative methods


  • Heath AF, Garratt E, Kashyap R, Li Y & Richards L (2018) Social Progress in Britain. Oxford University Press. RIS download Bibtex download

Journal articles


  • Garratt E & Flaherty J (2020) Homelessness in Oxford: Risks and opportunities across housing and homeless transitions View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Garratt E & Purdam K (2017) Researching UK Food Insecurity and Foodbank Use Using a Mixed Methods Approach View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Garratt E, Spencer A & Ogden C (2016) #stillhungry: Who is hungry, for how long, and why? View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Richards L, Garratt E, Heath AF, Anderson L & Altintaş E (2016) The childhood origins of social mobility: socio-economic inequalities and changing opportunities View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Barnes H, Garratt E, McLennan D & Noble M (2012) Trading Places: Worklessness Dynamics in Greater Manchester View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Barnes H, McLennan D, Garratt E & Noble M (2011) Understanding the worklessness dynamics and characteristics of deprived areas View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • McLennan D, Barnes H, Noble M, Davies J, Garratt E & Dibben C (2011) English Indices of Deprivation 2010 Report View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
Teaching activities
  • SMI11002 Foundations of Social Science - An introduction to social research: key methods, major theories, and the practicalities of doing research in the real world. This module is taken by level 1 undergraduates studying for a BA in Applied Social Sciences.
  • SMI622 - Principles of Research Design II - This module examines principles of good research design, with a focus on what actually happens during and after the process of conducting research. In doing so it covers topics including research ethics, sampling and recruitment, collaboration with other researchers, data analysis, and research dissemination. This module is taken by students studying for an MA in Social Research.
PhD Supervision
I am a member of the supervisory team for the following ESRC-funded students:
Rhiannon Williams: Tackling Homelessness in the UK: A Data Analytics Approach (with Professor Gwilym Price and Dr Andy Bell). ESRC-funded Data Analytics and Society CDT, in partnership with Shelter