Working Group on Homelessness and Marginality

Working Group on Homelessness and Marginality

In collaboration with the Centre for Equity Studies, and New York University (McSilver Poverty Institute).

Key concepts explored by this working group include, the ‘lived experience’ of homelessness, pathways into and out of a state of homelessness, marginalisation and exclusion through an anthropological framework. The group also seeks to create viable alternatives to shelter based support services. The working group also incubates a community collective movement “Kind People Happy City” that seeks to build awareness around issues of vulnerability and marginalisation, and enthuse and inspire engagement to create more responsive, safe, and connected cities. Some of the key research inquiries being conducted by this working group include:

  • Experiences of distress, marginalisation and trauma among people sleeping rough
  • Fostering inclusion: can open shelters be community resource centres?
  • Street engagement services as alternatives to shelter based care
  • Reducing social distance and promoting social mobility among homeless persons with mental illness
  • Engaging youth in promoting social responsibility and encouraging social mixing – particularly among marginalized and vulnerable groups
  • Understanding pathways to homelessness
  • Understanding individual conceptualisations of distress and recovery among homeless women with mental health issues
  • Hearing voices – the link between the mind, brain, behavior and society
  • Conceptualisation of human rights among vulnerable and marginalized groups – a nuanced perspective
  • Frameworks for adaptive mental health institutions