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Reader in Human Geography, University of St Andrews

My work and approach have been shaped by training in Geography followed by over a decade in an interdisciplinary context, working with Demographers, Sociologists, Social Statisticians, Economists, Epidemiologists and Landscape Architects. I am an advocate of combining qualitative and quantitative research methods. My current work involves collaboration with academic partners in the UK (Manchester, Glasgow, Liverpool, Plymouth), Belgium (VU Brussels) and Spain (UA Barcelona); and non-academic partners, particularly the Runnymede Trust, Joseph Rowntree Foundation and MigrationWorkCIC.

I joined the University in August 2015 having previously worked at the University of Manchester (2006-2015) where I was Lecturer, Hallsworth Fellow, ESRC Fellow and member of the Cathie Marsh Institute for Social Research. Prior to that I worked in the Department of Geography at the University of Liverpool and at the University of Sheffield. I obtained my PhD in Geography (2004) from the University of Wales Swansea.

My work is concerned with residential patterns (where people live and where they move to/from), their drivers (individual migration decision making and structural constraints such as housing markets) and their consequences (for life chances and outcomes of individuals, for neighbourhood composition and cohesion, and for governance). Much of my work examines ethnicity in relation to these themes. My work is broadly, and theoretically, framed by my interest in inequalities and social justice.


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    Reader in Human Geography, University of St Andrews