As a researcher I am passionate about inclusive and participatory research practices and the ethics of involving people who are often deemed vulnerable or to lack capacity.
I worked in learning disability services for nine years before starting my PhD to explore transitions in the lives of adults with severe or profound intellectual disabilities. I completed my PhD at the beginning of 2021.
Since then I worked on projects exploring the disruption of adoption and permanent fostering placements, the mental health of young people in care, with a focus on neurodiversity, and how to support couples with a learning disability when one partner has dementia.
I am interested in care-relationships, how care is practiced and experienced within social care, and how wider processes and factors shape decision-making within care settings. I am experienced in using ethnography, life story research, case studies, focus groups and creative methods to facilitate interviews.