Eric Weissman

Eric Weissman Ph.D. has been studying homelessness, housing and social policy in Canadian and US cities since 1999. Having recovered from the lived experience of episodic homelessness and addictions, over 23 years ago, he is well familiar with the difficulty people have when trying to find and keep safe and stable housing, which is essential to addressing other health concerns.In addition to these interests, In 2018, Dr. Weissman became Principal Investigator on a multi-sited study of post-secondary student homelessness across Canada. This collaborative project involves researchers from a number of Canadian post-secondary institutions, education and housing policy makers, and students in an effort to understand the size of the problem and create the means to address it. This project, still early in its development, is the subject of CBC and Canadian Press coverage.

Research Areas: Addictions, Applied Sociology, Canadian Sociology, Children and Youth, Communities, Criminology and Law, Culture, Disability Studies, Education, Environmental Studies, Equality and Inequality, Feminist Studies, Gender and Sexuality, Health and Care, Homelessness, Housing, Indigenous Studies, Media Studies, Mental Health, Policy and Society, Politics and Social Movements, Research Methods, Rural and Urban Sociology, Social Networks, Social Structure, Social Theory, Sociology of Knowledge, Teaching Sociology, Visual Sociology

Eric Weissman Ph.D. has been studying homelessness, housing and social policy in Canadian and US cities since 1999. Having recovered from the lived experience of episodic homelessness and addictions, over 23 years ago, he is well familiar with the difficulty people have when trying to find and keep safe and stable housing, which is essential to addressing other health concernsIn 2014 his dissertation was awarded the Canadian Association of Graduate Studies Distinguished Dissertation Award. His work is comparative and critical. He looks at the provisions that make a range of housing models, from Housing First to tiny home communities, which he calls Intentional Homeless Communities, feasible in the context of widespread homelessness in North American cities. He uses photos, video, and visual elicitation practices to understand the narratives impacting how social policies are designed, experienced and critiqued. His work is a form of community based critical and pragmatic ethnography that asks stakeholders of various kinds in the areas of housing, homelessness, mental health and addictions, “ how do you see the world, and how might you change it.

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Student Homelessness

A short discussion of emerging research on post-secondary student homelessness (PSSH).

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Tranquility on the Razor's Edge changing narratives of ionevitability.

In this exciting, thought-provoking new book, author Eric Weissman draws on personal experience, firsthand empirical research, and social theory to probe the causes and consequences of homelessness. Hundreds of thousands ...

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