Dr Briege Nugent is an independent research consultant and Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Salford. Over the past 13 years she has worked for the government, private, academic and third sector. Briege’s research interests are in poverty, homelessness, social services, families and relationships, communities, social exclusion and criminal justice. Recently completed projects include research into the causes of alcohol mortality (funded by SHAAP); a review of refuge accommodation for women and children in Lanarkshire (funded by Women’s Aid), a study of Centrestage’s dignified food provision (with Oliver Escobar and funded by What Works Scotland), review of Street Soccer Scotland, a homeless support service, Radiant and Brighter, a service for refugees (Scottish Government Social Innovation Partnership); and researching the impact of parental involvement in the criminal justice system on children and young people (NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde).
She is currently evaluating the Scottish Prison Service’s Suicide Prevention Strategy (funded by SPS) and Circle’s Women’s Outreach Team (WOT) set up to support women on a Community Payback Order. As part of the wider team at Indigo House she is evaluating the City Ambition Network (CAN), a partnership approach set up in Glasgow to provide intensive support for those with complex needs and homeless. She is a member of the Scottish Working Group on Women’s Offending and Howard League Scotland. She carries out research with those often referred to as ‘hard to reach’ with the hope of making their voice louder to help inform future policy and practice.