Welcome. This is a place for me to blog and share some information about research interests and ongoing developments.
I’m a social, health and community psychologist working in the scholar-activist tradition. In other words, the world is my psychology lab and in my research, I always strive to work with people (rather than study them) to facilitate positive change for individuals, communities and society.
I quit a job in pub to go to university as a mature student, the first in my family to go into further or higher education. I was awarded my PhD in 2017 and I currently work as a lecturer in psychology at Keele University, a beautiful leafy campus in the UK.
All of my research focuses on the promotion of health, wellbeing and social inclusion among marginalised groups. I use critical social psychological theories and qualitative methods to understand and address health and social inequalities. I adopt a critical stance in my work in alignment with the scholar-activist tradition.
All of my research falls under one or more of the following themes:
- community-led social change
- health promotion
- oppression, resistance and social representations
Specifically, I have an interest in bisexuality and non-binary sexualities, working-class identities and ageing.
I welcome contact from community groups, scholar-activists, campaigners and academics interested in collaborating as well as those looking to complete an MSc or PhD.