Dr Anwen Jones

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Research Fellow

  • BA (First Class Honours) Sociology and Social Policy, University of Newcastle on Tyne
  • MA Industrial Relations, University of Warwick
  • PhD, Open University

Anwen joined the Centre in 1997 to work on a Joseph Rowntree Foundation funded study of young people's housing and employment in rural areas. She has completed work on women's experience of homelessness for Crisis; access to GPs for people sleeping rough for the Department of Health; the provision of life skills training to homeless people for Scottish Homes; on good practice in tackling anti-social behaviour in mixed tenure areas for CLG; on a review of initiatives to prevent homelessness for the Welsh Assembly Government; a study examining the concept of daytime homelessness and the extent and nature of daytime provision for homeless people for Crisis.

Anwen also worked with Nicholas Pleace and Deborah Quilgars on the evaluation of Shelter's resettlement service for homeless families and an evaluation of Shelter Inclusion Project, a service for perpetrators of anti-social behaviour. She has worked on a number of European comparative studies on financial literacy and inclusion, homelessness and homeownership. She has also completed work on homelessness among ex-service personnel in London for ESAG; on LA allocations and lettings policies (with Heriot Watt) and was part of a team (led by NatCen) examining evidence of good practice in meeting the needs of ex-offenders for CLG.

Anwen has also worked on two evaluations of services working with ex-offenders for Shelter. She also worked with a team from Sheffield Hallam on an evaluation of Housing Benefit Sanctions for perpetrators of anti-social behaviour for the Department of Work and Pensions; an evaluation of Sanctuary Schemes for CLG; and an evaluation of the Glasgow Hostel Decommissioning Programme.

More recently, Anwen completed a major review of single homelessness in the UK 2000 – 2010 (with Nicholas Pleace) for Crisis and worked with Karen Croucher on two evaluations for the National End of Life Care Programme. Anwen is currently working on a longitudinal evaluation of a new initiative to prevent homelessness; the Peer Landlord model has been developed by Commonweal Landlords and is being piloted by Catch 22 and Thames Reach.  Anwen is also working (with Sarah Johnsen at Heriot Watt) on an evaluation of local Reconnection policies for Crisis and a major new study commissioned by Stoll and Riverside and funded by Forces in Mind Trust, on the housing and support needs of veterans in Great Britain.  



Research interests

  • homelessness
  • rough sleeping and the prevention of homelessness
  • domestic violence
  • housing and ex-offenders
  • anti-social behaviour
  • home ownership


  • Evaluation of Peer Landlord Pilots (Commonweal Housing)
  • Financial resilience and security: examining the impact of falling housing markets on low income homeowners in Northern Ireland (Northern Ireland Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister)
  • An evaluation of the No Second Night Out project (Broadway)
  • An evaluation of Social Care Test Sites (National End of Life Care Programme)
  • Evaluation of a learning resource for end of life care in extra care settings (National End of Life Care Programme)
  • Single Homelessness in the UK: A Review (Crisis)
  • An evaluation of the Shelter PART service for ex-offenders
  • An evaluation of Sanctuary Schemes (CLG)
  • Demographic change and housing wealth (DEMHOW) (EU)
  • Longitudinal study to evaluate the homeless hostel decommissioning programme (Glasgow City Council)
  • Housing Benefit Sanctions and Antisocial Behaviour (DWP)


Full publications list

Jones, A., Quilgars, D., O'Malley, L., Rhodes, D., Bevan, M. and Pleace, N. (2014) Meeting the housing and support needs of single veterans in Great Britain, York: University of York. ‌Veterans full report (PDF  , 3,560kb)  and Veterans executive summary (PDF  , 1,488kb)

Wallace, A., Jones, A. and Rhodes, D. (2014) Financial resiliance and security: Examining the impact of falling housing markets on low income homeowners in Northern Ireland. Financial Resilience and Security Report (PDF  , 1,609kb)

Tunstall, R., Bevan, M., Bradshaw, J., Croucher, K., Duffy, S., Hunter, C., Jones, A., Rugg, J.,  Wallace, A.,  Wilcox, S (2013) The Links Between Housing and Poverty, York: Joseph Rowntree Foundation. Findings (PDF  , 226kb) Housing and Poverty Full Report (PDF  , 1,548kb)

Jones, A (2012) 'Peer landlords and 'supportive' shared housing' a paper given at the Feantsa Annual Research Conference Access to Housing for Homeless People in Europe, University of York, 21 September. Presentation (MS PowerPoint  , 207kb)

Jones, A (2012) 'Homeless People: Ex-Prisoners in England and Wales', in Smith, S.J (Ed.) The International Encyclopaedia of Housing and Home, pp 80-85, London: Elsevier.

Jones, A., Geilenkeuser , T., Helbrecht, I. and Quilgars, D. (2012 ‘Demographic change and retirement planning: Comparing households’ views on the role of housing equity in Germany and the UK’, International Journal of Housing Policy 12 (1) pp 27-45.

Jones, A., Lowson, K. and Croucher, K. (2012) Evaluation of the Test Sites Commissioned to Facilitate the Implementation of the National End of Life Care Programme Social Care Framework, Supporting People to Live and Die Well, National End of Life Care Programme Report (PDF  , 314kb)

Quilgars, D., Jones, A., Bevan, M., Bowles, R. and Pleace, N. (2012) Supporting short-term prisoners leaving HMP Leeds: Evaluation of the Shelter Prisoners Advocacy Release Team, York: Centre for Housing Policy, University of York Download report Report (PDF  , 1,898kb)

Broadway, University of York & Crunch Consulting (2011) No Second Night Out: An evaluation of the first six months of the project. London: Broadway. Download report

Jones, A., Croucher, K. and Rhodes, D. (2011) Evaluation of Learning Resources for End of Life Care in Extra Care Settings, National End of Life Care Programme. Summary (PDF  , 122kb)

Flint, J., Jones, A. and Parr, S. (2011) An Evaluation of the Sanction of Housing Benefit, London: Department for Work and Pensions Report (PDF  , 372kb)

Jones, A, Bevan, M & Quilgars, D (2011) 'Cautiously optimistic? UK households' perceptions of old age, retirement and the role of housing equity'', Teorija in Praksa, vol 47, no. 5, pp. 934-1010.

Jones, A., Bretherton, J., Bowles, R. and Croucher, K. (2010) Sanctuary Schemes for Households at Risk of Domestic Violence: Practice Guide for Agencies Developing and Delivering Sanctuary Schemes, London: Communities and Local Government.Practice Guide for Agencies Developing and Delivering Sanctuary Schemes (PDF  , 741kb)

Jones, A., Bretherton, J., Bowles, R. and Croucher, K. (2010) The Effectiveness of Schemes to Enable Households at Risk of Domestic Violence to Remain in Their Own Homes, London: Communities and Local Government.Report (PDF  , 1,065kb)

Ford, J, Bretherton, J, Jones, A & Rhodes, D. J (2011) Giving up Home Ownership: a qualitative study of voluntary possession and selling because of financial difficulties, London: Communities and Local Government. Report (PDF  , 733kb) , Report summary (PDF  , 45kb)

Jones, A. and Pleace, N. (2010) A Review of Single Homelessness in the UK 2000 - 2010, London: Crisis. Report (PDF  , 866kb)   Summary (PDF  , 106kb)

Quilgars, D. and Jones, A. (2010) 'Housing wealth: A safety net of last resort? Findings from a European study', in Smith, S.J. and Searle, B.A. (2008) The Housing Wealth of Nations, London: Blackwell.

Wallace, A., Jones, A and Duffy, S. (2009) Rapid Evidence Assessment of the economic and social consequences of worsening housing affordability, Fareham: National Housing and Planning Advice Unit.

Jones, A. and Johnsen, S. (2009) 'Street homelessness' in Fitzpatrick, S., Quilgars, D. and Pleace, N. (eds) Homelessness in the UK: Problems and solutions, Coventry: Chartered Institute of Housing.

Fitzpatrick, S., Bretherton, J., Jones, A., Pleace, N and Quilgars, D. (2009) The Glasgow Hostel Closure and Re-provisioning Programme: Interim Findings from a Longitudinal Evaluation, York: Centre for Housing Policy

Quilgars, D., Elsinga, M., Jones, A., Toussaint, J., Ruonavaara, H., and Naumanen, P. (2009) Inside qualitative, cross-national research: Making methods transparent in a EU housing study, International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 12, 1, Feb, pp 19-31.

Pawson, H., Brown, C. and Jones, A. (2009) Exploring Local Authority Policy and Practice on Housing Allocations, London: CLG.

Johnsen, S., Jones, A., Rugg, J. (2008) The Experience of Homeless Ex-Service personnel in London, York: Centre for Housing Policy

Pleace, N.; Quilgars, D.; Jones, A. and Rugg J. (2007) Tackling homelessness: Housing associations and local authorities working in partnership, London: The Housing Corporation

Croucher, K., Jones, A. and Wallace, A. (2007) Good Neighbour Agreements and the Promotion of Positive Behaviour in Communities, London: Communities and Local Government

Jones, A., Elsinga, M., Quilgars, D. and Toussaint, J. (2007) 'Home owners' perceptions of and responses to risk', European Journal of Housing Policy, vol. 7, issue 2, pp129-150.

Quilgars, D. and Jones, A. (2007) 'United Kingdom: Safe as houses?' in M. Elsinga; P. De Decker; N. Teller and J. Toussaint, Home ownership beyond asset and security: perceptions of housing related security and insecurity in eight European countries, Delft: Delft University Press.

Abbott, D., Quilgars, D. and Jones, A. (2006) 'The impact of social and cultural difference in relation to job loss and financial planning: Reflections on the risk society', Forum: Qualitative Social Research, vol. 7, issue 1,

Jones, A. and Quilgars, D. (2006) Safe Moves: Follow-Up Study of Young People, York: Centre for Housing Policy.

Jones, A., Abbott, D. and Quilgars, D. (2006) 'Social Inequality and Risk', in P.Taylor-Gooby and J.Zinn (eds) Risk in Social Science, Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp 228-249.

Jones, A., Pleace, N. and Quilgars, D. (2006) 'Evaluating the Shelter Inclusion Project: a floating support service for households accused of antisocial behaviour', in J.Flint (ed.) Housing, Urban Governance and Anti-Social Behaviour, Bristol: Policy Press.

Jones, A., Pleace, N., Quilgars, D. and Sanderson, D. (2006) Addressing Antisocial Behaviour: An Independent Evaluation of the Shelter Inclusion Project, London: Shelter.

Feigelfeld, H., Adamski, J., Avramov, D., Cerveny, M., Jones, A., Kleinhans, R., Kloth, M., Kruythoff, H. and Quilgars, D. (2005) Cooperate! How to help people excluded from decent housing: Experiences from nine European cities, Vienna: Stadt and Regionalforschung

Fitzpatrick, S. and Jones, A. (2005) 'Pursuing social justice or social cohesion?: Coercion in street homelessness policies in England', Journal of Social Policy, vol. 34, no. 3, pp389406.

Jones, A. Pleace, N. and Quilgars, D. (2005) 'The Shelter Inclusion Project: Piloting a new approach to addressing antisocial behaviour', Housing, Care and Support, vol. 8, issue 2, pp1318.

Quilgars, D., Jones, A. and Pleace, N. (2005) 'Safe Moves: Piloting prevention services for young people at risk of homelessness', Housing, Care and Support, vol. 8, issue 1, pp49.

Jones A. and Quilgars D. (2004) The Prevention of Homelessness: an Advice Note, Issued by the Welsh Assembly Government, Cardiff: National Assembly for Wales.

Jones A. and Pleace N. (2004) Daytime Provision for Homeless People, London: Crisis.

Quilgars D., Jones A. and Pleace N. (2004) Safe Moves: an Evaluation, York: Centre for Housing Policy.

Nixon J., Blandy S., Hunter C., Jones A. and Reeves K. (2003) Tackling Anti-Social Behaviour in Mixed Tenure Areas, London: Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (ODPM).

Nixon, J., Blandy, S., Hunter, C., Jones, A. and Reeves, K. (2003) Innovative Practice in Tackling Anti-social Behaviour: Guidance for members of Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnerships, London: ODPM.

Jones, A. (2002) 'Child homelessness' in Bradshaw, J. (ed.), The Well-Being of Children in the UK, London: Save the Children.

Jones, A. (2002) 'Child labour' in Bradshaw, J. (ed.), The Well-Being of Children in the UK, London: Save the Children.

Rugg, J., Rhodes, D. and Jones, A. (2002) 'Studying a niche market: UK students and the private rented sector', Housing Studies, Vol. 17, No. 2, 289-303.

Jones, A., Pleace, N. and Quilgars, D. (2002) Firm Foundations: an Evaluation of the Shelter Homeless to Home service, London: Shelter.

Jones, A., Quilgars, D. and Wallace, A. (2001) Life Skills Training for Homeless People: a review of the evidence, Edinburgh: Scottish Homes.

Ford, J. and Jones, A. (2001) Choosing a Mortgage, London: Financial Services Authority.

Ford, J. and Jones, A. (2000) Informed decisions? How consumers use Key Features: a synthesis of research on the use of product information at the point of sale, London: Financial Services Authority.

Jones, A. and Higate, P. (2000) Breaking down barriers, meeting housing and support needs in Swansea, Neath Port Talbot, Bridgend and Carmarthenshire, York: Centre for Housing Policy, University of York,

Pleace, N., Jones, A. and England, J. (2000) Access to General Practice for People Sleeping Rough, York: Centre for Housing Policy, University of York

Jones, A. (1999) 'No cardboard boxes, so no problem? Young people and housing in rural areas' in J. Rugg, (ed.) Young People, Housing and Social Policy, London: Routledge.

Jones, A. (1999) Out of Sight, out of Mind: Homeless women speak out, London: Crisis.

Jones, A. (1999) Out of Sight, out of Mind: The experiences of homeless women, London: Crisis.

Rugg, J. and Jones, A. (1999) Getting a Job, Finding a hHme: Rural youth transitions, Bristol: The Policy Press.

Rugg, J., Rhodes, D. and Jones, A. (1999) The Nature and Impact of Student Demand on Housing Markets, York: York Publishing Services.

Anwen Jones

Contact details

Dr Anwen Jones
Research Fellow
Centre for Housing Policy
University of York
YO10 5DD

Tel: 01904 321477