My background is in social care and social work. I completed an MA in Sociology at the University of Glasgow and subsequently the Master of Social Work at Durham University. I was then employed as a social worker in a community learning disability team, and subsequently a hospital discharge team. I left frontline practice in 2013 to undertake a PhD at Durham University. My research focused on spatial inequalities in mental health in a period of austerity, and the impact of austerity on people with mental health problems. I was awarded my doctorate in January 2017 and in February moved up to Stirling University to take up a research post that will use participatory methods to explore the role of non-pharmacological interventions in supporting people who have learning disabilities and dementia.
My interests broadly include social care and social policy, learning disability and dementia, health inequalities, austerity and welfare reform, and critical mental health .