Ms Jennifer Hoolachan

Lecturer in Sociology

University of Cardiff


Jennifer Hoolachan is a Lecturer in Sociology at Cardiff University and former SCCJR Research Assistant at the University of Stirling.  Jenny’s research interests lie across several social science disciplines including sociology, social work, policy, human geography and criminology.  In particular her research interests include: drug and alcohol use and its socio-spatial contexts; understandings of ‘home’ and ‘place’; qualitative research methods; housing and homelessness; life-course perspectives (particularly youth); and theories of the self as a construct (particularly the works of George Mead, Erving Goffman and Vanessa May).

Her SCCJR role at the University of Stirling involved working with Dr Margaret Malloch on a project that looks at stigmatising identities and Dr Niall Hamilton-Smith on a project concerning organised crime in Scotland.  In addition, Jennifer worked at the University of St Andrews with Dr Kim McKee in the Centre for Housing Research and is involved in a project that explores the housing challenges posed by ‘Generation Rent’.

Keywords: drug use; youth; homelessness; identity; qualitative; housing; organised crime

List of relevant publications:

Hoolachan, J.E. (2016) Ethnography and Homelessness Research.  International Journal of Housing Policy, vol. 16 (1), pp. 31-49.

McKee, K. and Hoolachan, J.E., (2015) CHR Briefings 2 Housing Generation Rent.  Centre for Housing Research: University of St Andrews.

McKee, K. and Hoolachan, J.E., (2015) Housing Generation Rent: What are the Challenges for Housing Policy in Scotland? Centre for Housing Research: University of St Andrews.

Hoolachan, J., Hecht, G., Galbraith, L. and Graham, L. (2013) The National Drug-Related Deaths Database (Scotland) Report 2011 [online].  Available at


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University of Cardiff

School of Social Sciences,
Room 2.08,
Glamorgan Building,
Cardiff University,
King Edward VII Avenue,
CF10 3WT

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