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I am happy to accept PhD students adopting sociological approaches in the areas of youth, disability, sexuality, gender, and social care.

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Personal profile


I joined Northumbria University as a lecturer in 2016 and was promoted to senior lecturer in 2019. Before coming to Northumbria I worked in the Social Policy Research Unit at the University of York and the Policy, Ethics and Life Sciences Research Centre at Newcastle University. The trajectory has informed my research and teaching interests in theories of embodiment, disability, sexuality, and care worlds.

At Northumbria I have acted as programme leader for the Sociology BSc programme. I have sat on a number of committees and groups within the Department of Social Science, including on the departmental Research Ethics Committee and the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Steering Group. I am a fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a member of the British Sociological Association.

Research interests

My research interests span the fields of sexuality studies, disability studies, and applied social care. Much of my research focuses on the experiences of young people and young adults. I have an interest in understanding the relationships between social care practices, contemporary intimacies, identities, and embodiments, and have worked with a range of qualitive methodologies, including narrative, visual and creative practice.

My research has been published in numerous social science journals, including Sociology, Social Science & Medicine, and Qualitative Research, as well as applied practitioner journals. In 2014 I published Understanding Narrative Identity through Lesbian and Gay Youth (Palgrave Macmillan) based on my doctoral research. I am also co-author of the book Disabled Childhoods: Monitoring Differences and Emerging Identities (Routledge, 2016) with Janice McLaughlin and Emma Clavering (Newcastle University).

My current research project funded by the NIHR School for Social Care looks at the relations between disabled assistance users and personal assistance in the context of sexual and gender diversity. In 2020 I joined the main editorial board of Sociological Research Online, a journal of the British Sociological Association.

Education/Academic qualification

Sociology, PhD, Making Sexual Selves: A Qualitative Study of Lesbian and Gay Youth, Newcastle University

1 Jun 20061 Feb 2011

Award Date: 1 Jun 2011

Social Research, MA, Newcastle University

Award Date: 1 Aug 2006

Sociology, MA (Hons), University of Aberdeen

Award Date: 1 Jun 2004


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