Mel practised as a nurse then as a midwife before beginning her career in higher education as a Lecturer in Midwifery and Reproductive Health in 1997.
She is now a Reader in Maternity and Migrant Health. In addition she is the Faculty of Health Studies Director of Postgraduate Research and the Director for the Wellbeing Health and Communities pathway for the White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership.
Mel’s research interests are around migrant and BAME communities and developing interventions to support interaction with health and maternity services. To date, interventions have included the use of digital technology and peer support. Mel's current projects include the impact of COVID on migrant and BAME communities and how interventions can support people and reduce health inequalities.
Engaging the seldom heard voice is essential to Mel works. She works closely with the voluntary sector to ensure experts by experience are central to all research activity. She has also established the Northern Maternity Stream research network to develop collaborative projects across the North of England, working with European partners and experts by experience https://maternityresearch.cityofsanctuary.org/