Nottingham ESRC Doctoral Training Centre

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Carla Reeson

ESRC DTP PhD Student, Faculty of Social Sciences



Carla began studying law at the University of Nottingham in 2013, graduating with an LLB with First Class Honours and University Commendation in 2016. She has since received her MA in Socio-legal and Criminological Research Methods with Distinction in 2017, also from the University of Nottingham.

Carla is currently studying for her PhD at the University; an empirical research project exploring how local authorities implement the Homelessness Reduction Act 2017. Her supervisors are Dr Nell Munro and Chris Bevan and she is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council.

Expertise Summary

Carla's specialism lies primarily within housing law. More specifically, she holds expertise in homelessness law, and vulnerability and priority need within the homeless context. Carla has completed an independent research project on this topic entitled: "The application of vulnerability in the context of the local authority housing duty under s.193 Housing Act 1996" and is currently undertaking her PhD in the area of homelessness law.

Carla also has interests in broader housing related policy development and in social welfare, having completed a poststructuralist feminist analysis of the individualisation of welfare in the context of the benefit cap, for her MA dissertation.

Teaching Summary

Carla has taught housing law within the undergraduate module: Social Welfare and the Law.

Research Summary

Current Status PhD (full-time) - currently registered

Research Title The Implementation of the Homelessness Reduction Act 2017: An ethnographic study

Research Summary Carla's research aims to explore how the Homelessness Reduction Act 2017 is implemented by local authorities. This ambitious piece of legislative reform is intended to prevent and reduce homelessness by introducing new duties, and expanding existing duties, towards those who are homeless and threatened with homelessness. These changes are aimed at facilitating early intervention and increasing successful prevention and should ensure that all eligible applicants are provided with services beyond information and advice, at an earlier stage. Carla's research seeks to explore how the Homelessness Reduction Act 2017 interacts with existing housing duties, how housing officers execute their new and expanded duties and how housing officers perceive their roles/goals after the Homelessness Reduction Act 2017.

This study sits firmly within the socio-legal field of study, utilising an ethnographic methodology to engage with the research questions.

Research Supervisors Co-supervising:

  • Dr Nell Munro -
  • Mr Chris Bevan -

Primary Funding Source ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership -

Nottingham ESRC Doctoral Training Centre

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