Liz is a Research Fellow in Psychology at the University of Salford. She has 10 years experience in research, leading seminars, lecturing and coaching, specialising in research methods. At the moment her research investigates how alternative flexible perceptions of time combined with advances in mobile technology can change the way people plan their children’s commute to school by offering a new visibility of transport options, with the potential of reducing carbon emissions and congestion in the vicinity of primary schools.
This research is taking place in the context Primary schools in the North West of England where she has scoped the extent to which parents, children, WSB coordinators and Head teachers perceived a need for transformation from ‘traditional’ WSB to ‘next generation’ WSB – particularly in relation to ‘convenience’ (e.g. scheduling, punctuality) of the morning routine.
After going to school in Liverpool she worked in the oil industry in Aberdeen for ten years. Then she attended Aberdeen University as a mature student to study psychology. Upon graduating she took up a Medical Research Council (Health Services Research Collaboration) Studentship and completed her PhD in Public Health in October 2002. This examined the decision-making of general medical practitioners in the management of depression and the way in which they employed clinical guidelines. Subsequently Liz took up a post in the Health Services Research Unit, at the University of Aberdeen as a Research Fellow. Here she worked on several projects as part of the Effective Professional Practice Group, which undertook research to investigate the most effective methods to deliver health care to the general public.
Liz returned o the North West to take up a post as a Research Associate at Manchester Centre for Healthcare Management, at Manchester Business School, the University of Manchester. Here she worked on many projects about health care and health care management and also gained some further qualifications in life and business coaching. In February this year Liz moved to Salford to take up the role of Research Fellow looking at decision-making in transport choices. Liz’s main interests remain in research methods, decision-making, health, health care, coaching and counselling.