Filip Sosenko, PhD

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I am a Research Fellow at the Institute for Social Policy, Housing and Equalities Research (I-SPHERE), Heriot-Watt University. I work primarily with Prof. Suzanne Fitzpatrick, Prof. Glen Bramley and Prof. Sarah Johnsen.

My research interests lie in the fields of poverty, social exclusion, homelessness and foodbanks. Since 2008 I have been involved in several research projects undertaking both qualitative and quantitative research, working with a range of clients including the Scottish Government, Communities and Local Government, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, LankellyChase Foundation and the Equality and Human Rights Commission. I have been a Principal Investigator on six research projects with budgets of up to £80k.

I am interested in collaborative projects that relate to my fields of interest.


2007 PhD in Social Research Methods. The University of Edinburgh
2002 MA in Sociology. Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland

Employment History

Jan 2008 - present Research Associate (2008-2014) and Research Fellow (2014-), I-SPHERE, Heriot-Watt University.
2007 Policy Officer, Mental Health Division, The Scottish Government.
2006-2007 Research Assistant, School of Social and Political Studies, The University of Edinburgh
2002-2007 Tutor & Lab Assistant, School of Social and Political Studies, The University of Edinburgh

Past Research Projects

2014-15 Destitution in the UK. The Joseph Rowntree Foundation
2014-15 Women and Girls facing Severe and Multiple Disadvantage in the UK: Feasibility Study. LankellyChase Foundation
2015 Evaluation of the Streetwork Crisis Service in Edinburgh. The Oak Foundation
2015 Youth Homelessness in the UK. The OVO Foundation
2014-15 Housing and work incentives. The Joseph Rowntree Foundation
2014-15 International lessons on tackling extreme housing exclusion. The Joseph Rowntree Foundation
2013-14 Review of the Scottish Welfare Fund interim scheme. The Scottish Government (PI, £50k)
2013-14 How can we build sustainable homes more cheaply? The Joseph Rowntree Foundation
2012-2014 Profile of Severe and Multiple Disadvantage in the UK. LankellyChase Foundation
2013 Overview of food aid provision in Scotland. The Scottish Government (PI)
2013 Achieving equality in Modern Apprenticeships. Equality and Human Rights Commission (PI)
2013 Ethnicity, recession and austerity in Glasgow. The Coalition for Racial Equality and Rights (CRER) (PI)
2012-13 Poverty and Ethnicity: Employer Behaviour and workplace culture. Joseph Rowntree Foundation
2012 Evidence Review of the Key Inequalities in Scotland by AGE. The Scottish Government (PI)
2012 Evaluation of Crisis' Pre-employment Programme for A8 & A2 Nationals in London. Crisis
2011-2012 Making Places Profitable, Public and Private Open Spaces (MP4). European Union Interreg IVB programme for the North Sea Region
2011-2012 Evaluation of North Yorkshire Choice-based Lettings Scheme. Joseph Rowntree Foundation
2011 Housing Options Study. Glasgow Housing Association
2011 Evaluating the 'Whole Housing Market Approach' to Homelessness Prevention in Newcastle. Newcastle City Council
2011 Good Practice on Resident Involvement in Social Housing in the UK and Europe. Hyde Housing Group
2011 The Social Integration of Polish Migrants in Scotland. Project Proposal to the Leverhulme Trust
2010 Evaluation of the London Accessible Housing Register project. Communities and Local Government & the Greater London Authority
2010 Ethnicity & Employment in Scotland: A Literature Review. The Scottish Government
2010 Poverty & Ethnicity: Scotland Literature Review. The Joseph Rowntree Foundation
2010 Scottish Ministers Gender Equality Duty – Violence Against Women (literature review). The Scottish Government
2010 Quality Review of National Indicator 160 Tenant Survey Data. Communities and Local Government
2010 Evaluation of the Mortgage Rescue Scheme and Homeowners Mortgage Support. Communities and Local Government
2009 Evaluation of GHA Homechoice Pathfinder Scheme. Glasgow Housing Association
2009 Assessing Resident Satisfaction. London & Quadrant Group
2008 – 09 Housing Associations' Practice on Rent Arrears Management. Tenant Services Authority
2008 – 09 Evaluation of 'Moving Forward'. Notting Hill Housing Trust
2008-09 Choice-based Lettings and Vulnerable Groups. Communities and Local Government
2008 Evaluation of the Mortgage to Rent Scheme. The Scottish Government
2008 Sustainable Urban Form. EPSRC
2008 Evaluation of the Intensive Family Support Projects in Scotland. The Scottish Government
2008 Sector Study 61: Sector Restructuring. The Housing Corporation
2006-2007 Religion and human rights. Economic and Social Research Council
2006 A comparative analysis of voter turnout in regional elections. The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada

Current Work

2016-17 Hard Edges II: An Additional Profile of Severe and Multiple Disadvantage in England. LankellyChase Foundation (PI)
Peer-reviewed Journal Articles
Research Reports
Book chapters
PhD Thesis
Presentations & Talks
Dr Filip Sosenko

Heriot-Watt University
Institute for Social Policy, Housing and Equalities Research (I-SPHERE)
William Arrol Building (2.29b)
EH14 4AS

Tel. 0131 4514676
E-mail: f.sosenko (at)