I am a socio-legal researcher in the area of labour law. My academic background is in law and sociology (LLB, MA (sociology), and PhD (sociology)). I began my career practicing law in New Zealand and the United Kingdom. Since undertaking postgraduate study, I have worked in the university sector – in both social science and law environments – in New Zealand, Australia and the United Kingdom.
My research interests include the regulation of knowledge work and other forms of immaterial labour, working time, the relationship between work and personal life, and access to justice in employment disputes. I have published a range of articles and reports on these topics.
I currently hold a Leverhulme Research Fellowship for a project entitled The Law of Immaterial Labour. I have recently completed a research project funded by the Carnegie Trust entitled Managerial Prerogative and the Contours of Employees' Work and Non-Work Lives. From 2012 to 2015, I was involved in an ERC funded research project entitled Citizens Advice Bureaux and Employment Disputes.
My teaching has been in the areas of labour law, legal theory and legal research methods. I am presently the convenor for the Scottish Graduate School of Social Sciences (SGSSS) pathway in Socio-Legal Studies and Criminology. I am also the Law School Deputy Director of Research.