My undergraduate and postgraduate degrees are in politics (University of Durham) and political philosophy (University of York). I have a PhD in social policy (Massey University, New Zealand).
Following a stint during 1991 as research assistant in education policy, I joined the Social Policy Research Unit here at York. Between 1992 and 1996 I was a research fellow on various externally funded projects focused on the organisation and delivery of health and social services, and disability employment policy.
Between 1997 and 2006 I spent a decade in New Zealand based at Massey University (Auckland) teaching policy studies. I returned to York in January 2007.