Dr Elisabeth Garratt
Sheffield Methods Institute
Lecturer in Quantitative Methods
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Sheffield Methods Institute
Interdisciplinary Centre of the Social Sciences (ICOSS)
Beth joined 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. Her research focusses on mental health in adults and children, poverty, food poverty, and homelessness.
She is a strong believer in engaging with non-academic audiences, and to this end has spoken about food insecurity on TV and radio. Her research on UK food insecurity has received widespread press coverage, been cited in government debates and was also made into an impact film.
- Research interests
Beth’s research interests are in mental health in adults and children, poverty, food poverty, and homelessness. She is also interested in the role of the voluntary sector in relation to both homelessness and food poverty, and hopes to pursue these ideas in future.
Beth’s main focus at present is serving as Principal Investigator on a qualitative research project exploring people’s experiences of homelessness in the city of Oxford. This project is the first systematic attempt to capture peoples’ experiences across the full spectrum of homelessness (including rough sleeping, statutory homelessness, and hidden homelessness). In recognition of the poorly understood yet highly transient nature of homelessness, the project focusses particularly on people’s trajectories through and exits from different homeless experiences, and the underlying risks for these. The project also seeks to gain service users’ insights into the suitability and effectiveness of non-statutory homelessness prevention and relief services. The project employs qualitative interviews and life history mapping to explore people’s housing and homelessness histories from the first place they remember living as a child to the present day. The methodological and substantive results are currently being written up for publication.
She is also undertaking research on food poverty, currently exploring the development of charitable food projects in the UK and the potential for them to become institutionalised.
- Living through continuous displacement: Resisting homeless identities and remaking precarious lives. Geoforum.
- Food insecurity in Europe: Who is at risk, and how successful are social benefits in protecting against food insecurity?. Journal of Social Policy. View this article in WRRO
- Food insecurity amongst older people in the UK. British Food Journal, 121(3), 658-674. View this article in WRRO
- A new poverty measure aims for consensus. Significance, 15(6), 8-8. View this article in WRRO
- Please sir, I want some more : an exploration of repeat foodbank use. BMC Public Health, 17(1). View this article in WRRO
- Income and social rank influence UK children's behavioral problems : a longitudinal analysis. Child Development, 88(4), 1302-1320. View this article in WRRO
- Hungry? Food Insecurity, Social Stigma and Embarrassment in the UK. Sociology, 50(6), 1072-1088.
- The interactive role of income (material position) and income rank (psychosocial position) in psychological distress : a 9-year longitudinal study of 30,000 UK parents. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, 51(10), 1361-1372. View this article in WRRO
- Improved Attitudes to Psychiatry: A Global Mental Health Peer-to-Peer E-Learning Partnership. Academic Psychiatry, 40(4), 659-666.
- OP55 Effort-reward imbalance and health: a longitudinal multilevel analysis of parents and their children. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, 69(Suppl 1), A33.1-A33.
- Telemedical education during national emergencies : learning from Kashmir. The Clinical Teacher, 17. View this article in WRRO
- View this article in WRRO Homelessness in Oxford: Risks and opportunities across housing and homeless transitions
- View this article in WRRO Researching UK Food Insecurity and Foodbank Use Using a Mixed Methods Approach
- View this article in WRRO #stillhungry: Who is hungry, for how long, and why?
- View this article in WRRO The childhood origins of social mobility: socio-economic inequalities and changing opportunities
- View this article in WRRO Trading Places: Worklessness Dynamics in Greater Manchester
- View this article in WRRO Understanding the worklessness dynamics and characteristics of deprived areas
- View this article in WRRO English Indices of Deprivation 2010 Report