I am a Research Assistant and PhD candidate based in the Faculty of Social Science. I am a member of The Centre for Child Wellbeing and Protection and the Social Surveys and Social Statistics research group at the University of Stirling and have experience and training in quantitative research and methodologies and the handling of sensitive administrative data.
As a Research Assistant, I have recently worked on a large, four-nation Nuffield Foundation funded project investigating child welfare inequalities, using data from the Looked after Children and Child Protection returns in Scotland (http://www.coventry.ac.uk/research/research-directories/current-projects/2014/child-welfare-inequality-uk/).
Currently, I am part of a team from the University of Stirling and the University of York looking at permanence, progress and outcomes for children in Scotland 'looked after' away from their birth parents before the age of five (https://www.stir.ac.uk/ccwp/research/permanently-progressing/).
For my ESRC funded postgraduate research I am investigating social and locality variations in dog bites in Scotland.
My research interests include human-animal interactions and associated health, wellbeing and policy issues; social inequalities, and child wellbeing and protection. I am also interested in research methodologies, in particular, innovative methodologies using administrative and big data.