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 make decisions on the allocation of housing to the homeless. 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 this area.

Carla also has interests in broader housing related policy development and 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 Local authority decision making on housing allocation to the vulnerable homeless: An empirical study

Research Summary Carla's research aims to explore local authority decision making on vulnerability under priority need in the context of the main homelessness duty in the Housing Act 1996, to secure that accommodation is available for occupation by an applicant who has become homeless. It intends to investigate the decision making procedure, from the ways in which potentially vulnerable applicants become known to the authority, through to the final decision on priority need. It will explore how significant case law decisions and legislative changes relating to the area influence decision making on vulnerability and how vulnerability as a concept is understood and applied in this area.

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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