My interests broadly include social care and social policy, learning disability and dementia, health inequalities, austerity and welfare reform, and critical mental health .
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.