I aim to improve the experience of life for children, young people and families through the use of social research. I passionately beleive that research that makes a difference requires the involvement of research users and service users, but also that we need to take care not only to focus on the individual or small groups but attend to the societal, structural and economic factors that impact on us all.
Methodologically I tend to locate my thinking and approach as broadly critical realist and I take a pragmatic approach to selecting research methods that are doable, ethical, and valid within the inevitable restraints (time and resource) that are placed on researchers. I enjoy mixed methods research and am happy to try new methods.
I have found that I enjoy research conducted within a team context where different rersearchers bring their skills and perspectives. Also I have been highly priviledged to support a number of research students and early career researchers. I enjoy teaching and training, although my current position requires relatively little.
Within my broad areas of interest I have a number of particular areas of focus:
- Looked after children and families
- Disabled children and families
- Service integration and interprofessional experiences
- Universal and specialist provision