Mandy Littlewood

Mandy is a research methods expert with over 20 years research experience including work as Research Fellow in the Centre for Housing Research and Urban Studies at Glasgow University and Associate Director in TNS Social Research (now TNS-BMRB). Mandy’s research interests include poverty, homelessness, tenancy sustainment, housing need and affordability. Mandy is an Honorary Fellow with i-SPHERE (Institute for Social Policy, Housing, Environment and Real Estate) at Heriot Watt University and an Senior Associate with Social Development Direct in London.

Mandy contributes to Indigo House’s portfolio of work in modelling rent affordability, housing need and demand and identifying potential markets for intermediate renting and other housing options. She has also contributed to the team’s work on financial inclusion. This work has involved the development of small area estimates using numerous large and complex datasets and mapping results using GIS.

Mandy has undertaken a wide range of work on poverty, including a recent study, with a team from i-SPHERE examining Destitution in the UK, for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) in which Mandy conducted analysis of national datasets and administrative data and developed a Census of crisis service users. She has also recently worked with i-SPHERE on a recent study, also for the JRF, estimating the public finance costs of poverty and on a qualitative Evaluation of the Interim Arrangement for the Scottish Welfare Fund.

Mandy’s methodological work has included reviewing and designing research tools, analytical frameworks and results frameworks for numerous clients including the World Bank, the Department for International Development and Plan UK. This has included developing vulnerability indices, wealth indices and indicators to capture efficiency and Value for Money. Mandy has delivered research methods training for numerous audiences, including training on survey methods for the Social Research Association and the Scottish Housing Best Value Network.

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