I am a Research Fellow in Housing Studies. My research uses mixed methods to explore housing outcomes for vulnerable households, and the role of organisations in providing housing and supporting tenants.
From 2016 to 2018, I was the lead researcher on the Housing through Social Enterprise project, which examined the health and wellbeing impacts of different approaches to housing provision across the social and private rented sectors. The project, run in partnership with Glasgow Centre for Population Health (GCPH), was part of the Commonhealth research programme, funded by the ESRC and MRC.
I am now the lead researcher on the Working Together project, exploring the role of organisational collaboration in meeting the housing needs of ex-forces personnel. The project is funded by the Forces in Mind Trust and runs for 18 months from Jan 2019. I am also the Principal Investigator on a small project which will review the evidence relating to tenant participation and activism in the Private Rented Sector. The project is funded by UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence and will be run in partnership with GCPH, as well as a number of organisations working in the field.
Although my role is primarily research-focused, I contribute to teaching on a range of undergraduate and postgraduate modules, as well as supervising dissertation students.
Prior to returning to academia in 2012 to complete my PhD at the University of Glasgow, I worked in local government for 15 years, in a variety of community engagement and policy roles.