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Biography

I joined King’s College London in 2019, first as a Postdoctoral Research Associate in Social Science and Health (Faculty of Life Sciences and Medicine). I was later appointed Visiting Lecturer at the Service User Research Enterprise (SURE) within the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience.

I am an academic with expertise in health and social inequalities, focusing on violence and abuse, trauma, gender and sexuality, health at/and work, and survivor-led and participatory research methods. I also have 10 years’ third sector experience in research and campaigns with a focus on child rights, sexual and reproductive health and rights, mental health and social justice.

I was recently awarded a Leverhulme-funded research fellowship to lead theoretical and applied, mixed-methods research at University of Surrey with LGBTQ+ people who have experienced domestic abuse, homelessness and other forms of ‘shelterlessness’. The Queering Shelter project is an LGBTQ-led project aiming to co-produce new conceptualisations of shelter/lessness from the perspective of queer survivors. It asks what it means to have or lack shelter, whether shelter is enough, and how services seeking to provide shelter can best meet LGBTQ+ people’s needs.

I am Primary Investigator for an inter-disciplinary qualitative study on the impact of COVID-19 on the domestic abuse sector. The CANVAS project explores the needs of community DVA services both during and in the wake of coronavirus and puts forward policy recommendations for strengthening the sector. I am also Co-Investigator for a study into the health impacts of coronavirus on people who are homeless in London. In addition. I continue to work with colleagues at KCL, UCL and LSHTM on a realist evaluation of a homeless health peer advocacy service.

At KCL I have taught on undergraduate and postgraduate courses (MPH, iBSc, MBBS) in a range of areas including health inequalities, sociology of health and illness, cultural competence, and research methods. I am open to supervising Master’s and PhD theses relating to these areas or any of my research interests.

Research Interests

  • Health and social inequalities
  • Violence, abuse and mental health
  • Gender and sexuality
  • Future of work
  • Survivor research
  • Co-production

Expertise and Public Engagement

Key publications