B Arts, M Science, PhD
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, School of Criminology and Criminal Justice
Dr Kirsten Besemer is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow on the Vulnerable Families project. This research examines through what mechanisms parental incarceration may contribute to poor developmental outcomes for children, in order to develop policies and prevention strategies that can interrupt the cycle of disadvantage. Kirsten’s previous work focuses on poverty and social exclusion in the United Kingdom.
Her research expertise includes:
- Measurement of poverty and social exclusion
- Poverty and social networks
- Poverty, housing and poor neighbourhoods
- Incarcerated parents and their children
Peer-reviewed journal papers
- Matthews, Peter and Besemer, K. (2015). Social Networks, Social Capital and Poverty: Panacea or Placebo. Journal of Poverty and Social Justice (ahead-of-print).
- Matthews, P., Besemer, K. (2015) ‘The Pink Pound and the Gaybourhood’ Sexual Orientation and Deprivation in Scotland. Housing Theory and Society 32 (1), 94-111
- Bailey, N., Besemer, K., Bramley, G., & Livingston, M. (2015). How neighbourhood social mix shapes access to resources from social networks and from services. Housing Studies (ahead-of-print).
- Hastings, A., Bailey, N., Gannon, M., Besemer, K., & Bramley, G. (2015). Coping with the Cuts? The Management of the Worst Financial Settlement in Living Memory. Local Government Studies, (ahead-of-print), 1-21.
- Regan, J. A., & Besemer, K. (2009). Using action learning to support doctoral students to develop their teaching practice. International Journal for Academic Development, 14(3), 209-220.
- Main, G., & Besemer, K. (2014). Children's material living standards in rich countries. In A. Ben-Arieh, F. Casas, I. Frønes, & J. E. Korbin (Eds.), Handbook of Child Well-Being: Theories, Methods and Policies in Global Perspective. (Vol. 3, pp. v). Heidelberg: Springer
- Besemer, K. (2010). Ethnicity, poverty and trade liberalisation: the Khmer people in southern Vietnam. In A. Boran (Ed.), Poverty: Malaise of Development? (pp. 161-197). Chester: Chester Academic Press.
- Matthews P. and Besemer K. (2014) Poverty and social networks - evidence review. Project Report. York: Joseph Rowntree Foundation.
- Hastings, A., Bailey, N., Besemer, K., Bramley, G., Gannon, M., and Watkins, D. (2013) Coping with The Cuts: Local Authorities and Poorer Communities. Project Report. York: Joseph Rowntree Foundation.
- Sosenko, F., Besemer K., Netto G. & Matthews P. (2013). Achieving Equality in Modern Apprenticeships. Glasgow: Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC).
- Matthews, P., Netto, G., Besemer, K. (2012) ‘Hard-to-Reach’ or ‘Easy-to-Ignore’? - A rapid review of place-based policies and equality. Glasgow: Equality and Human Rights Commission Scotland
- Besemer, K. and Bramley, G. (2012) Local Services Under Siege: Attitudes to Public Services in a Time of Austerity Bristol: PSE UK analysis working paper, No. 2. Poverty and Social Exclusion in the UK: The 2011 survey.