Conference Dublin: Peer Research in the Area of Housing and Homelessness

On 20 november 2019 Focus Ireland, an Irish non-profit organization who delivers services for homeless people and people who are at risk of losing their house, organises a conference on peer-research in the field of homelessness and housing. The goal of the conference is to bring together different organisations in Europe that are concerned with peer-research in this field to share knowledge, best-practices and innovations.

Nienke Boesveldt, together with Maarten Davelaar (Social Research and Innovation), Sascha van den Dries and Marcia Bochem (researchers UU) and Robbert Brouwer (expert by experience), will give a presentation on experiences with peer-research. together Sascha and Robbert have interviewed more than 40 visitors of social relief shelters in different regions in the Netherlands. Before they started interviewing they were trained according to the PAja-method of Maarten Davelaar. As a duo they have a lot of experience with preparing questionaires, taking interviews and discussing research reports. During their presentation on november 20th they will talk about their experiences, the added-value of peer-research and some barriers they came across during their longterm dynamic collaboration as duo-researchers.

Important themes during the conference: 

  • The added value of the peer-methodology   
  • Preventing the peer from becoming a ‘token’
  • Commitments: time, money, personal and emotional investments
  • Peer research as a continuum – when do peer-researchers stop being peer? Methodology for development, labour and training.


  • Mungos (UK) 
  • Groundswell (UK) 
  • Jade Ward, York University (UK) 
  • Paja Project (NL): Nienke, Maarten, Marcia Robbert en Sascha
  • Focus Ireland (IE) 


Conference Seattle – “Housing First – What’s Second? Empowerment, Health and Recovery!”

Researchers Nienke Boesveldt and Emmely van Dijk will speak at the Housing First Partners Conference in Seattle (WA) March 2020

In March our researchers Nienke Boesveldt and Emmely van Dijk will speak at the biannual Housing First Conference in Seattle.
During the conference various presentations, workshops and interviews will be heald with providers, researchers, policy makers and people with lived experience that are concerned with ending homelessness through Housing First. During these 4 days best-practices and knowledge will be shared about successful implementation and execution of Housing First to fuel empowerment, health and recovery of prior-homeless persons.

Based on her master thesis on Housing First in different country contexts Emmely – together with Nienke – will give a presentation on the influence of interpretations of the implementation of HF in different country contexts in Europe. She will show how different presumptions and ideas about the participants of Housing First will have a big impact on the execution and the effect of Housing First on its clients.

Want to know more about this research and the conference?

  • Registrations for the conference can be done here
  • An article based on Emmely’s research will soon be available here.