The Research Team


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Lynn Abrams (Principal Investigator) holds the Chair of Modern History in the School of Humanities at the University of Glasgow.

She is also a member of the Centre for Gender History. Her research interests focus on the history of women and gender in modern Europe and the practice and theory of oral history. She has published widely on the history of child welfare, the history of gender in Shetland, on oral history theory and on Scottish everyday life. This project has its origins in a study of the home in 20th century Scotland and a pilot study of residents’ experiences of moving to and settling in East Kilbride new town




Ade Kearns (Co-Investigator)  is Professor of Urban Studies at the University of Glasgow. He has conducted policy-related research into a wide range of housing, neighbourhood and urban issues including:  the determinants of neighbourhood satisfaction; the measurement of area deprivation; the area impacts of low demand for housing; ethnic minority housing conditions; the impacts of regeneration upon social cohesion and social capital; housing affordability; and housing governance.

Ade has held a number of research positions including as the Director of the ESRC Centre for Neighbourhood Research (2001-2004), and Director of the ESRC/ODPM Postgraduate Research Programme on Sustainable Communities (2003-2006).

Since 2005 Ade had been one of the Principal Investigators on the GoWell Research & Learning Programme, a longitudinal examination of the impacts of housing investment and area regeneration upon the health and wellbeing of deprived communities in Glasgow.  The Programme has also been looking at people’s experiences of living in high-rise flats, and then being relocated to homes elsewhere. In 2012, the GoWell Programme was extended through additional support from The Scottish Government, Sportsscotland and NHS Health Scotland to include a five year study of the impacts of regeneration and the Commonwealth Games 2014 upon nearby communities in the East End of Glasgow.


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Barry Hazley is a research assistant in the School of Humanities, University of Glasgow, based in History. His research interests lie in the fields of modern British and Irish cultural and social history, with special interests in histories of class, gender, ethnicity and migration, particularly for the post-1945 period. Following the completion of his doctoral thesis in 2013, entitled The Irish in post-war England: experience, memory and belonging in personal narratives of migration 1945-69, Barry has worked as a university teaching assistant and researcher on two projects, namely ‘Northern Irish Protestant memories of the Troubles in Britain c.1968 to the present’ and ‘Universities, the Humanities and Civic Life, c 1880-1930: A Study of the Manchester School of History’. To date, his publications have focused on issues of subjectivity and the self, and the current project extends these interests into the area of tenant’s experiences of social housing in post-war Glasgow.


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Valerie Wright is currently a research associate on the Leverhulme funded project ‘Housing, Everyday Life and Wellbeing over the long term: Glasgow 1950-1975’ at the University of Glasgow. Her research interests include the role of gender in shaping debates concerning housing conditions in the post-war years. Valerie is also interested in the changing structure of women’s employment opportunities in Britain in the post-war years (arising from her work on women’s role in the jute industry in Dundee). Her doctoral research focused on feminism and women’s organisations in Scotland in the interwar years and she considered the ways in which women became involved in politics in a broad sense, which includes an examination of women’s roles in local politics through campaigns for welfare improvements such as housing as well as demands for professional equality.