Currently, I am a Senior Lecturer in Social Policy and have been working at the University since 2000. Subsequent to completing a Phd on lone parents at the University of Sheffield in 1994, I worked on a number of research projects across health and social care, including two research consultatncies. Past research includes work on: the care of older people; palliative care; mental health; and, young people. In addition, I successfully submitted a bid for funding on a Widening Participation project on Mature Female Students, and was Project Manager and Lead researcher and writer on this work.
My current research interests reflect teaching interests and recent publicatons. These are: children, young people and families; gender; older people; well-being; citizenship; comparative social welfare; and, globalization. I am joint editor of an Introductory Social Policy text published by Sage in 2013, and also wrote four chapters of the book. Research projects at the University of Salford have included research into youth homelessness, and on looked-after children. In August, 2014, I completed a short commissioned piece of research with Karen Kinghorn on Carers and Employment. This work was commissioned by Salford City Council, and Health and Wellbeing Board. We are currently developing an article based on this, and I am also working on a book proposal on Young People and Social Policy.
Professionally, I was a member of the UK Social Policy Association (SPA) for six years, Convenor of he Teaching and Learning Group, and also a member of the Steering Group for SWAP (Subject Centre for Social Work and Social Policy). In the latter role, I was also a member of the Steering Group for a research project on Social Policy and employability, funded by the JUC, SPA and SWAP. I have also acted as an assessor for ESRC research proposals.
I am interested in supervising PhD students in areas that relate to my areas of interest outlined above. In terms of research approach, I am most interested in qualitative approaches to research.
My PhD was on lone parents, and is based on qualitative research undertaken with lone parents living in Sheffield.