I am an honorary professor in education at the Centre for Child Wellbeing and Protection, Faculty of Social Sciences, and emeritus at the University of Aberdeen having previously been reader and senior lecturer in education there. My research embraces social theory and policy sociology. My published studies on inter/professional working, children’s public services, gender and education, poverty and children, and elite schooling are both empirical and theoretical.
I was Director of Research and School Executive member, Director of the Centre for Children’s Services Research and Policy Study and a Scottish Funding Council funded Applied Educational Research Scheme, Schools and Social Capital Network Fellow. I was co-principal investigator and grantholder for a Scottish Universities Insight Institute programme of research on poverty and children; and for two Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) funded seminar series on inter/professional practice in children's public services. I have been a member of the UK ESRC Peer Review College since its inception in 2010. I am currently on the Editorial Board of the British Educational Research Journal (BERJ) and Child Language Teaching and Therapy (CLTT); and was previously on the Editorial Boards of Scottish Educational Review; Education in the North; British Journal of Special Education; Journal of Research in Special Education; and Support for Learning. I am editor of two books from ESRC funded seminars series which I led: Service Integration in Schools: Research and Policy Discourses, Practices and Future Prospects (Sense, Rotterdam/London) and The Transformation of Children's Services: Examining and Debating the Complexities of Inter/professional Working (Routledge, London/New York), both with Cate Watson.