I am a Research Associate in the School for Social Work and Social Policy at the University of Strathclyde.
I have a research interest in the use of ethnographic and participatory methods to understand the ways in which social policy is framed, implemented and experienced throughout the policy process. My previous research includes the study of active citizenship through the lens of welfare reform and women’s self-help groups, and prior to joining University of Strathclyde I was lead researcher of an evaluation of the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act, and part of an evaluation team for Participatory Budgeting in Scotland.
I am currently the lead researcher on a policy focused workstrand of SIPHER, a multi-disciplinary consortium working to support policy makers to achieved an upstream shift in policy responses to public health and health inequalities. I am supporting the development of policy ethnography, working closely with embedded researchers in three policy organisations across the UK and carrying out in-depth interviews and policy analysis to understand policy processes and evidence needs within the context of policies related to 1) inclusive growth 2) housing 3) Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and 4) public mental health.