My current research is focused on the public health impacts of social enterprise. This fits with my broader research interests in community participation and what it delivers for individuals, communities and public services. Within this broad field I am especially interested in examining different forms of community action, issues of inequalities between and within communities, and the development of participatory democracy at a local and national level.
Building on my current work and previous experience in local government, I have an interest in housing/homelessness issues and community regeneration, with a particular concern for the ways in which different forms of housing provision facillitate different forms of community control, with implications for health and wellbeing.
I am also interested in local government and public service reform more generally, which relates to my interest in policy evaluation. I have a methodological interest in the application of theory-based evaluation approaches (particularly Theories of Change and Realist Evaluation) to complex social policies and initiatives.