University in Aberdeen. Whilst completing her ESRC-funded PhD at Newcastle University, she taught at the universities of Newcastle and Sunderland and was research assistant on a British Academy project investigating educational capital and same-sex parenting and an ESRC-funded project researching into LGBT equalities initiatives in local government. Before returning to higher education, she taught English at a secondary school in Cumbria and worked for the National Trust, where she was research assistant for the Historic Buildings Representative East Anglia.
Her current areas of research interests include the sociology of sexuality, definitions/interpretations of violence, gender and class. Recent work has focused on the ways in which perceptions of ageing impact on responses to abuse in same-sex relationships. She has worked on a number of projects, including one looking at domestic violence in post-conflict societies and more recently looking into service provision in Lancashire for those experiencing same-sex abuse.