Personal profile


I joined Northumbria in 2009 after a career in Youth Work and Community Development Work in the Voluntary Sector in the North East of England, which involved both practice and management roles. This rich practice experience, and my continuing links with the Youth Work community informs my teaching and research interests. I am a passionate advocate of Youth Work as a profession.

My current research interests include the use of 'resilience' as a concept linked with Youth Work values and ethics; Youth Work as an initial mental health intervention; 'childhood' during 'The Troubles' in Northern Ireland, and social justice and inequality related to health.

I am a member of the Institute of Youth Work(IYW), and a Senior fellow of Advance HE, and a Member of the British Assoiciation of Counsellors and Psychotherapists

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

BA (Hons), Childhood and youth Studies, Open University Milton Keynes

Award Date: 1 Oct 2010

MSc, Youth Work and Community Development Work, Teesside University

1 Sept 20071 Sept 2008

Award Date: 1 Sept 2008

Women's Studies, MA, Representations of Irish Women Terrorists in the British Tabloid press, University of York

1 Sept 19871 Sept 1989

Award Date: 12 Jul 1990

International Politics, BA (Hons), International Relations with Italian, University of Sussex

Award Date: 5 Jul 1984

Collaborations and top research areas from the last five years

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