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Academic Background

My interests span organisational and medical sociology with a focus on the transitions people make within institutional structures. In my early career I worked on projects examining change management in the NHS and the benefits of flexible working for small businesses in the UK.  This work flowed from my PhD which explored feminist debates around the gendered nature of labour markets and organisations. I expanded these interests later in my career to consider the barriers to inter-professional working in the care sector.

My recent work has explored how older people and their families navigate decision making around a transition from the community into residential care. I undertook further explorations of decision making in the field of primary care, focusing on how general practitioners make decisions around reducing medications among frail older people to address the problem of polypharmacy.

In recent years I have worked mainly with qualitative data in the context of clinical trials but the breadth and range of my collaborations and experience has equipped me with the skills to work in teams on projects using mixed method approaches. I have a strong track record of supporting and developing patient and public involvement in research. 

Alongside my academic work I have project managed events in the voluntary arts sector and residential care homes supporting older people living with dementia.

In my current post at UEA I recently completed a phase of experience based co-design to adapt a Dutch blended online coaching resource aimed at supporting carers of people living with dementia in the UK. My contribution to the data collection phase of this work, which took place during COVID restrictions, was acknowledged with a Special Merit in Research Award. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Social Science, University of Hertfordshire

Award Date: 8 Jun 1999

Bachelor of Social Science, University of East London

Award Date: 18 Jun 1991

External positions

Visiting Researcher, University of Cambridge

14 Oct 2019 → …


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