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Chloe Barrow

Areas of interest

  • Healthcare Worker Housing
  • Disability and Inclusivity within Architecture
  • Accessible Architecture

Postgraduate supervision

Dr Stephen Gage

Professor Lorraine Farrelly – University of York

Research centres and groups

Urban Living Research Group

Research projects

Healthcare Worker Housing for Quality of Life

My research focus is the retention of healthcare workers in the workplace. The focus of my PhD thesis is a critical examination of employer-led housing an how this can be used to improve the quality of life of healthcare workers, and how extrinsic benefits provided by employers can be used to encourage and retain healthcare workers within the workplace.

My project will seek to determine why, how, and which hospitals and private companies within the United Kingdom have provided housing for their employees over the last century, with an emphasis on the impact on healthcare workers. My thesis will examine why companies provide housing for their employees and what role (if any) has this played in the development and success of their companies, as well as this, what political, environmental or social motivation, if any, has underpinned the provision of employer-led housing by companies.

My project will seek collaboration with UK private hospitals to ascertain specific extrinsic benefits that would allow them to encourage and retain healthcare workers in the workplace within the context of employer-led housing, enabling them to achieve their personal and professional potential.


I hold a BA in Architecture (RIBA Part I) from the University of Sheffield and an MA in Architecture (RIBA Part II) from the University of Huddersfield, for which I received a commendation award (final year). Throughout my time at University, I worked part time on an acute psychiatric ward, which led me to my keen interest in supporting our healthcare workers in accessing appropriate and affordable housing. During my PhD studies, I have worked within the Access Reading scheme, helping to support Year 13 students from underrepresented groups to transition into University.


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