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Adele’s research specialism is homelessness. Adele has undertaken a substantial number of applied research and evaluation projects in the area, commissioned by a range of statutory and voluntary sector clients. She has a healthy publications record, which includes over 40 research reports, one monograph, three book chapters, five journal articles and twelve conference papers. Adele has a particular interest in the relationship between individual biographies (the experience and sequencing of key life events) and routes in, through and out of homelessness. Adele’s PhD thesis discussed the experiences of people living in privately run Houses in Multiple Occupation in Newcastle and other parts of the North East. Adele won the Housing Studies Association’s Valerie Kern Prize 2019 for the best research paper produced by an early career researcher. The paper was the first to be produced from her PhD and she is currently publishing a series of academic journal articles based on her study. Adele also has a particular interest in the use of innovative participatory and action research methodologies (such as participatory mapping, aural testimonies, auto-photography and peer-led research) and the impact of methods which encourage an instinctual response on understandings of key social issues. She has successfully used these methods in a range of projects, including Imaging Homelessness, Sounding Off and PEER (details below). In 2016, Adele and her colleague Oliver Moss won the Local Area Research + Intelligence Association prize for the ‘Best Presentation of Local Area Research’ for Imaging Homelessness. She is currently a member of the Housing Studies Association executive committee and a Trustee of Jigsaw Recovery Project.  


Dr Adele Irving is a Senior Lecturer in Criminology in the Department of Social Sciences. Adele joined Northumbria University as a Research Assistant in the Centre for Public Policy in 2005 and progressed onto the roles of Senior Research Assistant, Research Associate and Research Fellow, before taking up a lectureship. Adele completed a Master in Public Administration in 2010 and gained her PhD in 2018. Adele’s research specialism is homelessness. She teaches in the areas of multiple social exclusion, youth crime and deviance, and the criminal justice system. She is currently the Director of Education for the department.

Education/Academic qualification


21 Nov 200531 Dec 2099

Award Date: 21 Nov 2005

Politics, BA (Hons)

30 Jun 200531 Dec 2099

Award Date: 30 Jun 2005


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