Karen Barker is a research analyst at NPI, where she conducts research and analysis using quantitative and qualitative methods. Her research interests include housing, gender inequalities and poverty and exclusion. Karen joined NPI in 2016. Prior to NPI, Karen worked as a research consultant, providing insight to charities’ policy and media teams. Karen has also worked in front- line support to people experiencing homelessness, both in the UK and USA. Karen has an MSc in Social Policy and Planning from LSE (London School of Economics and Political Science) and a BA Anthropology from Haverford College in the USA.