It is with great sadness that we would like to let members and friends of the Housing Studies Association know that housing scholar and Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Stirling, Dr Christine Robinson, passed away in January 2019.
Christine discovered her passion for housing studies during her BSc (Hons) in Environmental Geography at the University of Stirling. She continued her studies by enrolling in Stirling’s MSc in Housing Studies and undertaking a dissertation exploring housing exclusion and homelessness among former Armed Forces personnel – a field of research to which she remained dedicated. Christine went on to work as a Housing Officer at Stirling Council before being awarded a PhD, for her thesis entitled Collaboration on the front-line: To what extent do organisations work together to provide housing services for military veterans in Scotland? Returning to practice, Christine took a post in the Third Sector with a charity that worked to ensure positive housing outcomes for veterans. Christine had just been awarded a large grant from the Forces in Mind Trust for a two year research project when she was diagnosed with a serious illness. Christine’s fortitude throughout the resulting treatment was remarkable. Though Christine’s illness prevented her from completing this research personally, it has been taken forward by her colleagues at Stirling.
Christine was not only a longstanding member of the Housing Studies Association, she was also a regular attendee at the annual conference and supporter of the Association’s events. The passionate debates as well as the many laughs we used to share at these events will be remembered fondly by those fortunate enough to have known her. Christine was a notably supportive colleague, assistant and friend to Dianne Theakstone; they were rarely apart at HSA events and formed somewhat of a double act.
Christine’s professional and academic contribution to the housing and homelessness issues faced by army veterans was something from which both the housing studies community and veterans themselves derived considerable benefit. Despite our friend and colleague being taken from us so prematurely, our fond memories endure. A diligent housing professional, a first class student, a thoroughly dependable and supportive academic colleague and a very good friend, Christine was all of these things and more. The loss to the housing studies community is significant. Dr Christine Robinson will be greatly missed.
The Housing Studies Association executive committee would like to record our sincere condolences to Christine’s family and friends.
Housing Studies Association Executive Committee