Wise, Charlotte

Wise, Charlotte
Start date:
October 2017
Research Topic:
An Ethnographic Study of Homeless Women in Rural and Urban Spaces
Research pathway:
Research Supervisor:
Dr Rob Smith and Dr Jenny Hoolachan
Supervising school:
School of Social Sciences,
Primary funding source:
ESRC Studentship

My research aims to investigate the embodied experiences of homeless women who encounter homelessness in rural and urban contexts. Taking an ethnographic approach, the study is exploring women’s experiences, interactions with service providers, and their multiple and complex needs in relation to how they intersect with rural and urban living situations. The research seeks to understand the differences and complexities of women’s homeless biographies which often involves temporarily transitioning into and out of homelessness and service engagement.

The research too centres on issues of spatiality within the female homeless experience, drawing specifically on ‘rural out-migration’; noting the ways in which transitionary flows occur between rural and urban areas. Focusing on the interconnected nature between these spaces, my research explores the ways in which notions of (in)visibility become central to the lives of homeless women and will consider how far locality and inhabiting of space is significant in women’s experiences and the extent to which levels of mobility characterise the ‘homeless career’.