Dr Alasdair Stewart

  • Research Associate (Urban Studies)


Alasdair B R Stewart is a Research Assistant in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Glasgow. He is currently part of the ESRC funded project 'Welfare Conditionality: Sanctions, Support and Behaviour Change" www.welfareconditionality.ac.uk working with colleagues from six UK universities. He has a strong background in qualitative research, with experience conducting interviews and focus groups with welfare service users and vulnerable groups as well as front-line workers and policy officers from a broad range of statutory and voluntary organisations.

He completed his PhD, ‘Managing a Tenancy: Young people’s pathways into and sustaining independent tenancies from homelessness’, in 2014 at the University of Stirling which was jointly funded by the ESRC and Homeless Action Scotland. He has additionally, as part of his PhD, worked with the collaborative partner Homeless Action Scotland on short research projects focusing on housing and homelessness. He has also previously held research posts at the University of Edinburgh and the University of Strathclyde working on projects relating to child protection and disability. Prior to his PhD, Alasdair graduated with a MA Politics (First Class Honours) degree, specialising in political philosophy, at the University of Dundee in 2007 and completed a MSc in Applied Social Research at the University of Stirling in 2009.

Research interests

Areas of interest include:

  • housing
  • homelessness
  • dwelling spaces
  • welfare / social security
  • the application of QDAS in research
  • post-philosophy
  • sociological theory


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