My background is in Public Health and I was based in The School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR) at the University of Sheffield, from 2007-2013 . My research and teaching interests are around how inequality impacts on lives, how this is resisted and the protections available to be drawn upon. Class and the place of class in understanding inequality and class as a protective resource are a particular focus. I am also interested in how concepts and ideas drawing on psychotherapeutic or psychoanalytic perspectives can be utilised in the research process to access and make sense of unconscious processes. My doctoral research used biographical/narrative interviews with women to explore shame and invidious social comparison which are argued by psychosocial theorists to play a key role in explaining the damaging health and social consequences of life in unequal societies.
Before joining ScHARR I worked in mental health for many years as the clinical co-ordinator of a Mental Health Counselling Service based in a local authority, and prior to that, worked in a street drugs agency addressing both problem drug use (illicit and prescription/over the counter) and HIV.
I am currently working on a Marie Curie Cancer Care funded project - Both sides of the fence: using action research to improve end of life care for prisoners, within the International Observatory on End of Life. The aim of this study is to develop a transferrable model of integrated palliative and end of life care to ensure the delivery of high quality care for prisoners.