Beth Watts is a Research Fellow at I-SPHERE, Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, with research interests in the areas of homelessness, youth homelessness and social housing policy. Much of her recent work has focused on the impact of welfare reform and austerity on homelessness, and on the ethics and effectiveness of conditional forms of welfare provision. She has a particular interest in bringing tools from political and moral philosophy to bear in policy analysis. She completed her PhD comparing homelessness policy in Scotland and Ireland in 2013 at the University of York and has previously worked as a researcher at The Young Foundation, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and Shelter. Beth was the Chair of the HSA from 2017-2019.