I am a Research Fellow in Housing Studies. My research uses participative and mixed methods to explore housing outcomes for vulnerable households, and the role of organisations in providing housing and supporting tenants.
Currently, my main research project is focused on the ways in which assistive and mainstream technology can improve quality of life, wellbeing and social connectedness for older people in retirement living schemes. I am also Principal Investigator for an evaluation of Glasgow's Helping Heroes, a one-stop shop for military veterans. This follows on from my work on the Working Together project, which examined the role of organisational collaboration in meeting the housing needs of ex-Service personnel across Scotland, England and Wales.
Prior to this, I was the lead researcher on the Housing through Social Enterprise project, which examined the health and wellbeing impacts of different approaches to housing provision across the social and private rented sectors.
Although my role is primarily research-focused, I contribute to teaching on a range of undergraduate and postgraduate modules, as well as supervising dissertation students.
Prior to returning to academia in 2012 to complete my PhD at the University of Glasgow, I worked in local government for 15 years, in a variety of community engagement and policy roles.