Human Geography - Britain's Untitled Men: Sofa-Surfing and Masculinity. - Human Geography

Lead Research Organisation: University of Plymouth
Department Name: Sch of Geog Earth & Environ Sciences


In the UK sofa-surfing is the largest form of homelessness, growing by 52 percent in five years, with men twenty percent more likely to experience it (Bramley, 2017; ComRes, 2017). Unlike hostel networks, Sofa-surfers use informal support networks, such as family and friends, to stay off the streets (Cloke, et al., 2003). These informal networks have rendered the sofa-surfer invisible to both scholars and agencies concerned with alleviating homelessness (May & Cloke, 2013; DeVerteuil, et al., 2009). Couched in the geographies of masculinity and the home, this project examines the lifestyles of this often-hidden population.


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Studentship Projects

Project Reference Relationship Related To Start End Student Name
ES/P000630/1 01/10/2017 30/09/2027
2096807 Studentship ES/P000630/1 17/09/2018 30/09/2022 Kieran Green
Description Delegate at the Housing Studies Association seminar series 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact I was a delegate at the Housing Studies Association conference. The conference discussed the ways in which tenure is interpreted and understood. I wrote a 1000 word essay on my research and its importance and was granted a delegate position.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020