Being Homeless: Rethinking Community During Lockdown

Activity: OtherTypes of Public engagement and outreach - Festival/Exhibition


The drop-in photo exhibition is organised by the Protracted Crisis Research Centre as part of knowledge exchange activity for the research project; ‘Vulnerable groups, complex needs and temporary hotel housing during Covid-19’, funded by the 2020 UWS Crucible. Dr Karen Cooper and Dr Shadi Whitburn (Protracted Crisis Research Centre), in collaboration with Dr Caroline Miller and Martin Murray (School of Health and Life Sciences) explored staff experiences of supporting vulnerable individuals during the Covid-19 pandemic in Glasgow and Edinburgh. The interdisciplinary research team worked over seven months to gather perspectives, and build relationships with charities and NHS Homeless Services. The findings highlight the training development needs of those working with vulnerable individuals, demonstrate the resilience and flexibility of practitioners and emphasise the use of participatory, community support models to foster reintegration, social connections, and well-being.

The drop-in photo exhibition builds upon the project’s research collaboration with Glasgow based charity, Simon Community Scotland and photographer Iain Mclean. The exhibition displays the portraits of individuals who found themselves homeless during lockdown, offering a visual record of their stories and valued possessions. This thought-provoking exhibition challenges stereotypes and perceptions of what constitutes ‘community’ and ‘homelessness’ while showcasing the positive response of staff and volunteers at Simon Community Scotland in supporting vulnerable individuals during 2020 lockdown.
Period10 Mar 202222 Mar 2022
Event titleBeing Homeless: Rethinking Community During Lockdown. Drop-In photography exhibition
Event typeExhibition
LocationGlasgowShow on map


  • homeless
  • lockdown
  • photography
  • community
  • vulnerable groups
  • NHS homeless services