Andrew Burns

a.burns.3@research.gla.ac.uk

Research title

Journeys Through Homelessness: An investigation into the lived experience of homelessness through the journeys people make

Research summary

This study set out to investigate the lived experience of homelessness in Glasgow.  To do so, it focussed on the journeys of participants because journeys can be seen as synonymous with lived experience; they are both things that have to be ‘passed through’.   Methods used included Participant Observation, Observation, Interviews, and Walking Interviews.  As well as gathering data in relation to ‘life journeys’, day-to-day journeys were explored and participated in providing insight into the everyday reality of homelessness.  Where people go, why they go there, how they get there, and how it feels to go can shed light on their lived experience.  Analyses of the data are still ongoing but some initial findings relate to the knowledge and skills that are acquired (and required) through experience of homelessness, the bureaucratic organisation of journeys and lived experience, and homelessness as a type of ‘perpetual liminality’.


Grants

The Urban Studies Foundation Scholarship


Conferences

'Are Addiction Services in Glasgow 'Trauma Informed'?: A quantitative and qualitative exploration of services and Practices with Frontline Practitioners', Drug and Alcohol Syposium, The University of Glasgow, December 2014.

'Resilence, Austerity and Homelessness', 13th PASCAL International Conference: Learning Cities 2040, June 2016.

'An Argument for Ethnographic Research on Homelessness', Drug and Alcohol Sumposium, The University of Glasgow, September 2016.


Teaching

An Introduction to Social Psychology (Open Studies)

The Psychology of Adult Learning (School of Education - GTA)


Additional information

I have lived in Glasgow for 20 years and, until 2015, worked in Social Work Services (Addiction). I completed my MSc in Drug and Alcohol Studies at the University of Glasgow in 2014 and subsequently decided to study for a PhD.