Emma is an expert in qualitative research methods. Over the last 15 years she has worked in the academic, private and third sector, including as a Research Fellow at Heriot Watt University, and at the Centre for Research on Families and Relationships (at the University of Edinburgh). She is currently a Research Fellow at the National Centre for Research Methods, where her role is focused on developing and extending good practices in conducting qualitative data analysis.
Emma’s main research interests are in poverty, homelessness, social services, families and relationships, and civil society. Her recent work includes a range of service and project evaluations, including an intensive family support project; a peer mentoring project; a crisis homelessness service; and an Early Years bookgifting programme. Research projects include a collaborative project exploring young people’s experiences of antisocial behaviour; biographical interviews with adult care leavers; and ongoing work examining on the future role of public libraries and their contribution to civil society.
She has a strong background in housing and regeneration, having previously worked with Anna Evans at DTZ as consultant and senior consultant on housing needs and demand assessments, strategic housing options appraisals, and a variety of other bespoke housing and regeneration project.
As well as contributing to Indigo House’s portfolio of work in social research and evaluation, Emma offers her specialist skills in qualitative data analysis.