Speaker: Professor Kate Moss
Date: 22nd March 2018
Location: Chancellor's Hall
Rough sleeping is on the rise, and yet for women, homelessness continues to be seen through a male lens. It is homeless men we usually see on the streets, rarely women. But just because we don’t often see women down and out, this doesn’t mean that homelessness simply doesn’t exist for them – far from it, homelessness is an issue that affects women too. Professor Kate Moss of the University of Wolverhampton is an expert of the experiences of female rough sleepers and takes a closer look at homelessness as a hidden female crisis.
For more information about Professor Moss's book on this topic:
Moss, K. & Singh, P. (2015) Women Rough Sleepers in Europe: Homelessness and Victims of Domestic Abuse, Bristol: Policy Press.
"This compelling review of women's homelessness in Europe provides fresh insights into an enduring problem. The book reveals the challenges homeless women face in a world where liberalist housing market principles prevail." Angela Maye-Banbury, Sheffield Hallam University.
Professor Moss was educated at Manchester Metropolitan University (LLB Hons), the University of Cambridge (M.Phil.) and Manchester University where she gained a PhD in social policy in 1997. She has written five books/monographs and over 60 journal articles. She has carried out research for the European Commission, the UK Home Office, Government Office East Midlands, Centrex, and numerous police forces and Local Authorities throughout England. Over the last five years at the University of Wolverhampton, with her colleague Paramjit Singh, she has secured in excess of 2.6 million Euros of research funding to support research into women who sleep rough as a result of domestic violence and also children rough sleepers. Kate has presented her research findings to the European Parliament in Brussels on three occasions. "Homelessness: The Hidden Female Crisis"
Professor Moss’s main research interest is the policy surrounding women’s homelessness and rough sleeping which her research has found to be a major issue across Europe especially within the current economic climate. Her research has focused on provision for this vulnerable and hard to reach group in an effort to increase the knowledge base; to equip organisations to set up or adopt effective policy, strategies and services to meet their needs, and to challenge current policy, practice and thinking about the problem of women rough sleepers – particularly those who are the victims of domestic abuse.
Her other research interest is the balance between the right to security and the right to liberty, with special emphasis on torture and detention without trial and the questions facing contemporary society in the areas of political theory and practice, law, philosophy and human rights about striking an acceptable balance between national security needs and the protection of civil liberties. Kate is particularly interested in ideas about the creeping powers of the executive, fear-driven law and practice, the use of legislation to facilitate crime control and the criminalisation of behaviour.