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Research interests

My research interests include policy influence, emancipation, political participation, advocacy and representation. I am particularly interested in how marginalised groups can influence policy decisions.  

My PhD research focuses on what autistic people can do, as a group, to increase their policy influence. I propose firstly that the potential and actual influence of marginalised groups is under-estimated and secondly that the most effective way of increasing influence is to adopt a strengths-based, collaborative approach. My first article on designing policies for empowerment has been published in European Policy Analysis journal, and I am currently collecting data for two further, linked articles on autistic policy influence in England.

I am fluent in French and Italian and have eight years' experience working in Local Authorities in England to support children and young people with a range of special educational needs. 


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 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Politics, Master of Research

1 Oct 201730 Sep 2018

Award Date: 1 Oct 2018

European Studies with French and Italian, Bachelor of Arts, University of Bath

1 Oct 20026 Jul 2006

Award Date: 6 Jul 2006


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