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Kirsty Toone

BA Hons Social Policy at University of York. Recently completed MA in Social Research at University of York.

  • PhD student


Thesis supervisors

Thesis topic

Working title: A longitudinal study into the views of alleged perpetrators of anti-social behaviour on the definition of anti-social behaviour and the success or otherwise of related interventions.

Thesis summary

Antisocial behaviour is an increasingly important topic in the UK, and social housing providers are repeatedly used by governments to influence tenants whose behaviour is seen as irresponsible or antisocial. Antisocial behaviour is the second most common reason for eviction from social housing, however, what is perceived as antisocial can vary over time, space and between individuals.

The views of social tenants perceived to be antisocial are highly under-represented in research. Therefore, I will use qualitative interviews to investigate the following research questions:

  • How do those who are seen as antisocial define and perceive antisocial behaviour, in relation to themselves and others?
  • How do antisocial behaviour interventions affect those they are used against?
  • What interventions, if any, do those engaged in antisocial behaviour see as effective?
  • How do these perceptions change over the course of the antisocial behaviour process?

The participants will be interviewed more than once to explore how these views may change or develop over a period of 6-12 months.

The findings of this research will create new knowledge into the impact and effectiveness of anti-social behaviour interventions. Appropriate and effective mechanisms for managing anti-social behaviour could prevent eviction, reducing the costs for the individual, landlord, community and society, which can include serious health and wellbeing impacts, as well as financial costs.

General research interests

  • Perceptions of antisocial behaviour and the impact of interventions
  • Social housing
  • Conditionality in relation to housing and behaviour


GTA in Politics and Economics in the School for Business and Society.


At the time of starting my PhD in 2018, I have had over seven years experience working within a social housing provider as part of a neighbourhood team, managing tenancies. Based on my experiences in the workplace, I developed an interest in antisocial behaviour and how perceptions on “acceptable” behaviour can vary significantly.

I completed an Extended Degree in Social Policy with the University of York before moving on to a Masters in Social Research in 2017. I applied and was successful applying for funding for my PhD through an ESRC +3 Pathway Funding Award.

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Kirsty Toone

PhD student,
School for Business and Society