I am currently a Lecturer in Criminology at Bournemouth University.
My most recent work has been a PhD study at The Open University, carrying a mixed method narrative study looking at young men who have experienced domestic abuse in childhood and been involved with life on road/in gangs/groups.
I am a Gender Studies specialist, with an MA(Hons) in Gender Studies and Anthropology. One year of this degree was studied at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, through a “Scholarship for Excellence” from the British Council. This enabled both extensive travelling and the chance to focus on international gender issues. I then studied for a Master’s degree in Gender Studies at the London School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS).
There are many different reasons that I am interested in the topics that I write about.
I have a substantial amount of front-line work experience supporting vulnerable people. For several years I worked in projects supporting women involved in prostitution in both a harm minimization project and a court diversion scheme. I also worked in a refuge for women and children fleeing domestic abuse, as well as a rape crisis center. Most recently I held a post coordinating the strategic partnership around domestic violence, children and health in West London.
My research practice is informed by my front-line work experience with vulnerable and marginalised groups.
Underlying this professional and academic work is my own experience of witnessing domestic abuse in childhood, which is what has inspired my journey into this sector. I am passionate about making a positive impact in the lives of children who have also gone through this experience. I was a finalist for a Women’s Aid/Marie Claire/Avon “Empowering Women” Award 2012 in the category of ‘child survivor of the year’. This was in recognition of my work in the gender-based-violence sector.