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Research Network on severe and multiple disadvantage

In summer 2015 we launched an exciting project to develop a network of researchers working in fields relating to severe and multiple disadvantage. LankellyChase Foundation have funded Revolving Doors Agency to deliver a research network over two years.  

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The Network

The network aims to bring together all researchers with an active interest in severe and multiple disadvantage, or multiple needs. Our network incorporates diverse disciplines and sectors: homelessness, criminology, trauma, psychology, substance misuse, economics and more. By bringing together these fields, we can start to understand gaps in our understanding of severe and multiple disadvantage and to build on those gaps. We can also start to understand the ‘whole person’ and all of their experiences.

The network will host seminars with guest speakers, discussions, debate and networking. Each seminar will address severe and multiple disadvantage from at least two different perspectives, hosting speakers who have published highly significant research in this area.

Linking research and practice

Those who have experienced severe and multiple disadvantage rarely get a say in what is studied and examined by researchers. Equally, those working on the frontline often don’t get access to the key findings of research into ‘what works’ in service delivery. The network will bridge this gap through encouraging inter-sector collaboration and highlighting models of supporting frontline staff and involving service users in research.

Building the evidence base

As well as supporting the network to develop new research projects, Revolving Doors will publish a series of literature reviews exploring aspects of severe and multiple disadvantage. We will disseminate the findings of our lit reviews through creative, accessible and interesting ways.

Find out more about becoming a member.


This project is supported by the LankellyChase Foundation

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