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.