I joined the University of Reading as Lecturer in 1998 and was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2004 and to a Readership in 2005. Prior to this, I was a lecturer at the University of East Anglia and a Junior Research Officer in Cambridge, where I obtained my Ph.D. in 1992.
Since joining Reading, I have taught on a range of modules including Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, Business Economics and a range of Development modules. My research ranges across issues relating to childhood inequalities, particularly in relation to child work and schooling participation, inequalities between girls and boys as well as inequalities across social and religious groups. I have also worked on women's empowerment and well-being including women's labour market participation, life satisfaction as well as nutritional adequacy. A third strand of my research relates to the issue of well-being and life satisfaction in the UK, including analysis of the extent to which conditions during childhood and youth influence the life satisfaction of adults.