Our seven projects and how they interrelate.

Our seven projects

Loss of HOME – Holly Turpin
(Prof. Mike Wilson, Dr Falli Palaiologou, Prof. Rebecca Cain + Dr Ksenija Kuzmina):

This project will involve workshops on co-creation, storytelling and immersive media such as augmented reality and 360-degree film. These technologies will enable stories of home to be mapped on to the local areas of Loughborough and Leicester, attaching private histories to public spaces. By using co-creation principles, the aim is to give agency to those with experiences of homelessness to explore their own stories and demonstrate the effect on storytelling, heritage and design. 

Photo by Matheus Bertelli from Pexels

Reconstructing HOME – Dave Angel
(Dr Ksenia Chmutina, Dr Lee Bosher, Prof. Victoria Haines + Dr Antonia Liguori):

Dave’s research investigates ways to enhance people’s reconnection to home in post-disaster scenarios. The use of participatory, creative project work will focus on the non-representational, intangible and sensory aspects of placemaking, the aim being to explore new perspectives of identity and to facilitate the re-establishment of home.

Photo: Chris Gallagher
Source: Insurance Business UK – February 2022

Transient HOME – Valentina Volpi
(Dr Val Mitchell, Dr Stuart Cockbill, Dr Ksenija Kuzmina + Dr Ksenia Chmutina):

Through case studies, the research aims to demonstrate that it is crucial for design activists to foster a critical pedagogical approach enabling migrants to gain critical consciousness. This conscientisation plays a radical shift in both agency and services goals, empowering migrants to turn from users into co-designers and providers. 

Photo by Ev on Unsplash

Adaptable HOME – Katy Jacka
(Prof. Victoria Haines, Dr Antonia Liguori, Dr Val Mitchell + Dr Falli Palaiologou):

It has been observed that the atmospheric quality of housing has depleted over time, with  new builds commonly being thought of as lacking in character. This study aims to provide a  design tool for architects to improve this issue. This  reduction in quality is a real loss to all as the significance of home, both psychologically and emotionally, is hugely impactful to our lives.

Photo by Benjamin Moore on

Inbetween HOME – Robert Gaukroger
(Prof. Rebecca Cain, Prof. Mike Wilson, Dr Cagri Sanliturk + Dr Stuart Cockbill):

An Autoethnographic experience of making a halfway home, feeling and understanding the tensions between policy makers, planning control and my own needs when attempting to fit between policy.  Asking not only should policy be reformed, is there potential for policy making control to be passed over, gifted to people effected by homelessness.

Making an In-between (bedroom-less) House, Gaukroger 2021

Emotional HOME – Eszter Hegymegi
(Prof. Victoria Haines, Prof. Rebecca Cain, Dr Alison Barnes + Dr Antonia Liguori):

On an empirical level, there is a lack of knowledge on the influence that emotional home might play in establishing and meaningfully connecting to a physical place. The investigation to the different aspects of the emotional layer of home and homelessness may provide insights for policy and practice to improve services for people who are affected. 

Photo by cottonbro from Pexels

Homely HOME – Sara Christou
(Prof. Rebecca Cain, Dr Ksenia Chmutina, Dr Lee Bosher + Dr Falli Palaiologou):

States of being and spaces shift from homely to unhomely. This transitioning is revealed in-particular by the experiences of women. An absence of data on women’s homelessness impacts our understanding of this social issue. Investigating women’s experiences and the role of hope may provide insights for policy and practice to improve services for women.

Photo by Kristina Tripkovic on Unsplash
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