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Melissa Espinoza, PhD

Dr Melissa Espinoza completed her PhD from the Institute of Social Policy, Housing, Inequalities Research at Heriot-Watt University in Scotland. She is an expert on the impacts of racial inequalities in public policy.  Her professional experience in North America centres on racial inequalities within housing and homelessness policies. She has extensive research experience in the United Kingdom, studying and evaluating homelessness programmes in Greater Manchester, Newcastle, and Birmingham. She has published research on ageing populations' housing needs and other anti-poverty work. 


She is heavily involved in supporting international and grassroots movements that help elevate and promote the voices of Black, First Nations, Latinx, and other people of colour. She serves on the Board of Trustees for Economic Lead, an award-winning and first-of-its-kind BAME/BIPOC-founded research company in Scotland and is board director for Bowling Green Together CIC. She also volunteers year-round for Minga Indigena, a movement that elevates First Nations voices and knowledge in climate change negotiations.

She is currently an international consultant who focuses on establishing and amending Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging to operational and administrative processes and sustainably provides capacity building and technical assistance. 

Heriot-Watt University, Scotland
Melissa Espinoza in India
Melissa Espinoza Seattle tent
Melissa Espinoza Naples


I have been involved in and published a variety of reports and academic journal articles covering a range of topics in the US and UK. Some of the topics I have covered in my research are: Housing and Ageing in England, Wales, and Scotland, A Bed Every Night Programme Evaluation in Greater Manchester,  impact of COVID-19 on health and homelessness in Newcastle and Greater Manchester, and Count Us In (point-in-time count in King County, USA). 



I have guest lectured, led seminars, workshops, and been involved in a variety of community projects and initiatives in the US and UK.



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