My research interests span the breadth of empirical and theoretical public policy inquiry but primarily fall into four broad categories.
1. The first category concerns policy-making in the context of the devolved UK. This includes, but isn't limited to, questions concerning historical policy-making patterns across Scotland Wales, and the rest of the UK - especially areas of divergence and convergence; as well as the role political institutions play in shaping decision-making and policy outcomes across the UK.
2. The second category concerns questions of gender and policy and how each structures and shapes the other. My doctoral research examined the role of ideas in shaping contemporary French prostitution policy. As such, I am interested in issues including sex work/prostitution policy in a comparative perspective, feminist policy theory - especially feminist institutionalism - and the methodological implications of researching vulnerable populations.
3. The third category concerns policymaking and politics in France. I currently convene the Political Studies Association network on French politics and policy, alongside Dr Brenoit Dillet and Prof Nick Startin from Bath. My interests here lay in the historical study of policy processes in France in the post-War era.
4. Finally, my commitment to developing a research-informed teaching practice has led me to develop an ongoing research project looking at how public policy is taught in the UK and what might be done to improve PP students' employability and transferable skills in light of the new and emerging needs across government and the public sector. I conduct research on teaching and assessment in public policy across undergraduate and postgraduate degrees.