After a BEng in Electronic Engineering from the University of Nottingham I moved to the social sciences, completing a postgraduate course in Cultural Studies (Also Nottingham) followed by a PhD in Sociology & Human Geography from the University of York, as part of the White Rose Studentship network. My thesis look at the relationship between evidence and policy, focusing on a programme of welfare reform for incapacity benefits called Pathways to Work.
Since then I have worked at the Centre for Housing Policy in York, before moving into the Health Sciences, and in particular health technology assessment (HTA), firstly as a systematic reviewer at the University of York, then as a health economist at the University of Sheffield.
In late 2013 I moved to Glasgow, and back to the social sciences, to work as Research Fellow for the Urban Segregation & Inequalities (USI) research strand of the Applied Quantitatative Methods Network (AQMEN). Based in Urban Studies, I also have interests in reproducible research, data management and data visualisation.
In addition to the measurement and consequences of urban segregation, I'm interested in the complex relationships between social, economic and health factors, and how changes in one domain have spillover effects in other domains. In particular, I'm interested in how broadly a 'health intervention' can be defined, and to what extent methods developed to assess the clinical and cost effectivness of health interventions can be applied to areas of social and economic policy.