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Associate professor, University of Leeds

My research interests include:

- Poverty, inequality and social exclusion – particularly child poverty; consensual/democratic poverty measurement; intra-household distributions and the disproportionate impact of poverty on women and children; and the impact of conceptions, definitions, and measurement methods on poverty research.

- Well-being – particularly child well-being; issues relating to concepts, definitions, and measurement of well-being; and links between overall well-being and sub-domains of well-being.

- Childhood studies – the New Sociology of Childhood and the child indicators movement. The development of child-centric and child-derived indicators, and the added value such indicators can bring to understandings of childhood.

- Quantitative methods - including secondary data analysis and survey design.

- Mixed methods research – bridging the gap between individual experience and the development of social policy solutions; incorporating qualitative and quantitative methodologies to broaden understanding of social issues.


  • 2013–present
    Research Fellow, Social Policy Research Unit, The University of York


  • 2013 
    University of York, PhD Social Policy (pending)
  • 2010 
    University of York, MRes Social Policy


  • 2012
    A child material deprivation index, Child Indicators Research
  • 2012
    The Contribution of Child Maintenance Payments to The Income Packages of Lone Mothers, Journal of Poverty and Social Justice