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Research interests

I joined the University of Bath in 2012 as a Lecturer in Social Work, having worked for three years as a lecturer in Social Work at the University of the West of England, Bristol before that.  

I qualified as a social worker in 1998 and worked in a wide variety of mental health settings in the statutory and voluntary sectors.  This included work within community mental health teams, assertive outreach teams, drug and alcohol teams and work within forensic mental health settings.

I have several research interests.  These include:

- The views of people with mental health problems on their own mental health care

- The views of carers towards mental health care

- How professionals interpret law and policy

I use perspectives from the sociology of mental health and illness and the sociology of risk and uncertainty to examine these issues. 

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
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Social Science, Cardiff University

Award Date: 1 Jan 2013

External positions

Vice Chair of the Social Care Ethics Committee, Health Research Authority

1 Apr 2022 → …

Vice Chair of the Research Committee for the Sociology of Mental Health and Illness (RC49), International Sociological Assocation

1 Jun 2018 → …

Editorial Board Member of Health, Risk & Society, Taylor and Francis Group

30 Jun 2001 → …


  • Sociology of mental health and illness
  • risk and uncertainty
  • mental health
  • Socio-legal decision making
  • social work


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