Departmental Lecturer in Comparative Social Policy
I completed my PhD in Politics at Oxford Brookes University. My BA was in Politics and Sociology, and my MA in International Studies, with a focus on citizenship and theory. Between 2014 and Feb 2017, I was Research Fellow on the FP7 funded project RESCuE, based at the University of Hertfordshire. The project investigated how households in nine European countries responded to hardship in the context of the financial crisis, and the ways in which (if any) they were able to develop resilience to socio-economic shocks. It investigated socio-economic resilience in relation to networks, capacities, cultural and socio-economic practices, and the role of formal structures such as the welfare state. I have expertise in qualitative methods, particularly semi-structured every day and expert interviews, focus groups and (critical) discourse analysis. I have also used visual methods, and I am interested in how more causally driven qualitative methods can contribute to my research.
My research interests are situated at the intersection of social policy, politics, and sociology. Broadly, I am interested in the policy and politics of social citizenship and social cohesion, participation and integration, particularly within developed welfare states such as the UK. I am also interested in the role of discourse and ideology in policy development and implementation, as well as its impact on citizens’ interaction with policy in these areas. My PhD research critically analysed New Labour’s approach to welfare reform and Community Cohesion policy in the UK, paying special attention to the construction and inculcation of discourses, and citizens’ internalisation of these in Bradford and Birmingham. My current and planned research combines my interest in social citizenship, cohesion and elements of resilience, exploring these issues in the context of contemporary political, social and economic uncertainty.