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Having graduated as an engineer in biological sciences, with a Masters in cellular nutrition and a PhD in sociology, I am a lifelong researcher. As a social scientist, I have expertise in marginalisation, welfare and wellbeing. My work focuses on understanding processes of engagement for groups which are often deemed ‘hard to reach’ or in situations of social or health precarity. I have expertise in a number of research methodologies and I am particularly known for my innovative work in realist approaches to research.

I am Director of the Centre for Health and Social Equity; and deputy lead for the theme of Health Inequalities and Marginalised Communities of the NIHR North East North Cumbria Applied Research Collaboration (


Research interests

I have held awards, as Principal Investigator and collaborator, totalling over £11 million from funders including the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), which focus on knowledge translation and on the experiences of people who are marginalised or find themselves in situation of social or health precarity.

My research is two pronged. On the one hand it focuses on the use of metaphors and discursive formations in culturally specific understandings of key societal concepts such death, attachment, or quality of life. On the other hand, I focus on the pragmatic understanding of ‘what works’ in service delivery to meet the needs of people who may have complex and multiple needs. I use theory to explain the vagaries of public health interventions in their broadest possible sense, with a focus on the broader societal and structural determinants of health. As well as embracing postmodern approaches to research, I have expertise in soft system methodology and realist evaluation and synthesis.

I am currently co-leading a £1.4M UKRI funded programme of work to help tackle homelessness in the North East and Cumbria.

I have also recently undertaken research on women's experiences of homelessness.

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

Sociology, PhD

1 Sept 200431 Dec 2099

Award Date: 1 Sept 2004

Nutrition, MSc

30 Jun 199531 Dec 2099

Award Date: 30 Jun 1995

Applied Biology, MSc

30 Jun 199531 Dec 2099

Award Date: 30 Jun 1995


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