I am a sociologist, feminist and teacher activist whose research and teaching interests focus on social inequalities within public education systems. I have extensive professional experience in the field of primary education, both in classroom practice and in senior management, and in 2016 published a study for the Scottish Parliament, 'Closing the Attainment Gap', on educational achievement and equity. In 2012, I was awarded a jointly funded Scottish Government/ESRC doctoral research into the educational experiences of Gypsy/Traveller girls in Scotland.
In the course of my research, I conducted in-depth interviews with young Traveller women about their racialised and gendered experiences within public spaces of school and private spaces of home. My book Gypsy/Traveller Girls: Silence, Agency and Power is in press with Palgrave Macmillan. As a South Asian and advocate of black feminist thought and methodology, my work also explores research into the marginalised experiences and multiple identities of women of colour from a postcolonial perspective.
Race, class and gender inequalities in education, families and communities
Experiences of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller girls
Experiences of young women of colour and/or women on the margins
Closing the educational attainment gap