Personal profile


I am a Senior Research Fellow in Public Policy at Northumbria University and CAPE Policy Fellow with the North of Tyne Combined Authority. I serve on Northumbria's Disability Equality Steering Group and on the Department of Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing's Ethics Review College. I am co-ordinating work within the department to publish the underpinning research produced by the Common Sense Policy Group on Beveridge-style transformative public policies.

My work focuses on inequalities and social determinants of health, particularly the impact of work and welfare and especially in relation to disabled people. This includes understanding health impact, economic feasibility, public acceptability and the development of narratives capable of persuading opponents of evidence-based policy. A core project within this has been my examination of the public health case for Basic Income.

My work has often depended on deploying innovative research and communication methods to include and amplify the voices of underrepresented groups. This has been supported by more than £1.4m in research funding.

My background as a research leader in the third sector, which involved senior leadership team membership and management of large research budgets, means that I have a fundamental commitment to achieving impact in my work. Over the past nine years, these partnerships have achieved impact in creating sector-wide standards, shaping organisational approaches and influencing national policy. In the third sector, I used my Activity Trap report – which identified a fear among a large proportion of disabled people of being more active in case they were to lose disability benefits – to create policy proposals and lobby Government with national partners to remove such disincentives.

My work has been covered by the Guardian, Independent, Times, Telegraph, Spectator, FT, BBC, Sky News, Channel 4 News, ITV News, Channel 5 News and CNBC.

Research interests

My primary research interest is the social determinants of health, and the public policy means of addressing them. Much of my work has focused on work and welfare, in particular with regard to Basic Income. Specifically, my work examines the following areas:

  • Health impact
  • Economic feasibility
  • Public acceptability
  • Narratives to ‘sell’ the policy
  • Additional needs, including those of disabled people

I also have broader expertise on inclusion, disability and inclusive physical activity.

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 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities

Education/Academic qualification

Health and Social Research, PhD, Health Sciences, University of Warwick

2 Oct 202226 Jul 2023

Award Date: 26 Jul 2023

Politics, MA, Politics (Research)

1 Oct 200818 Nov 2009

Award Date: 18 Nov 2009

Classics, BA (Hons), Classical Studies, Newcastle University

1 Sept 200527 Jun 2008

Award Date: 27 Jun 2008


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