For the past 25 years or so I have conducted research and managed programmes in relation to the sociological dimensions of health, wellbeing and rights of individuals and communities, particularly those most likely to experience marginalisation and exclusion. I currently teach on the MA in Education, Health Promotion and International Development at UCL IOE as well as direct and manage a number of research projects.
I am particularly interested in the interface between policy, practice and context and have carried out many qualitative and mixed-method studies, in the UK and internationally, in a range of health, education, public care and community settings. This has included research with young parents; young people in and leaving public care; UK and international assessments of young people’s access to sexual and reproductive information, education and services; young people and families affected by HIV/AIDS; families and young people living in poverty; and children and young people seeking asylum alone in the UK. I have also worked as a national health programme officer /technical advisor in Namibia for a number of years and as a health promotion specialist (sexual health) in the UK.