I research and teach in the field of sociolinguistics. I currently work in the School of Languages and Applied Linguistics at the Open University. I'm particularly interested in dialect variation, and my mixed methods research stands at the intersection of sociophonetics and second language acquisition. My last research project examines the acquisition of vernacular dialect variation in English by adolescent Romani migrants attending a high school in Manchester. As one of the first studies to focus on Romanian Roma acquisition of vernacular English features, this work speaks to ongoing discussions about migration, integration, and social factors impacting upon language acquisition, as well as discussions concerning methodological approaches to and the importance of the study of the acquisition of sociolinguistic competence in a new language.