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PhD Candidate in Social Policy, University of Kent

I am a final year ESRC-funded PhD Candidate in Social Policy interested in the links between social benefit policies and mental health. In particular, I am concerned with how social benefit policies impact on social inequalities in mental health.

I became interested in this topic originally through my professional experience working in social care and local government. Since then I have applied an academic perspective to the question.

I also have interests in current issues in social policy such as the rise in food bank usage and associated food insecurity and have published on this (see below)


  • –present
    PhD Candidate in Social Policy, University of Kent
  • 2012–2013
    Graduate Trainee, Look Ahead Care and Support
  • 2009–2011
    Policy Officer, Dudley M.B.C.


  • 2015 
    University of Kent, MA Methods of Social Research
  • 2012 
    London School of Economics (LSE), MSc Social Policy and Planning
  • 2009 
    Cardiff University, BSc-Econ Politics and Modern History


  • 2017
    Did Food Insecurity rise across Europe after the 2008 Crisis? An analysis across welfare regimes., Social Policy & Society

Professional Memberships

  • Social Policy Association (SPA)
  • Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG)