I studied Geography at Cambridge University and worked as an environmental consultant for two years before going on to do an MA in Town and Regional Planning at the University of Sheffield in 1992. Having completed a PhD on local environmental policy, I moved to become a Lecturer in the University of Bradford’s Department of Environmental Science, and was made Senior Lecturer in 2004.
In 2013 I returned to Sheffield and re-joined the Department of Urban Studies and Planning. I am an active member of the Pennine Water Group and the Sheffield Water Centre. I pioneer collaborative research with water governance organisations and the public to seek out new or different ways of making a better (more resilient, equitable and efficient) water system. I focus on the governance of the environment, and specifically the processes through which the public are engaged (or not) in making and implementing environmental policy.