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Research interests

I am fascinated by questions that focus on the meetings/collisions/entanglements of policy and sex, as well as issues such as gender, bodies and relationships that are often deeply personal. The majority of my academic work in this field has focused on policy making practices at English primary schools around relationships and sex education: my PhD thesis employs educational and political approaches to analyse how school-based policy makers navigate the landscape - including national policy - to create RSE policies. More broadly, I interrogate what and how we value in education for children and young people, and how school leaderships can support young people's explorations as sexual and gendered subjects and knowers. My research orientation stems from a long stint as a sexual and reproductive health and rights advocate, which instilled in me a critical orientation toward power, justice, agency and structure.

I am a qualitative researcher with a deep commitment to ethical research practice. I would like to advance participatory action research and other methodologies that recognize diverse knowledges and contributions. I aim to enable community partners to conceptualise and achieve their own objectives while participating in research. 

I am currently working full-time on a three-year mixed methods comparative study on the linkages between education and environmental, epistemic and transitional justice in Nepal, Peru and Uganda. The project website can be found here.

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 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Critical Policy Studies, Doctor of Philosophy, Policy Making about Relationships and Sex Education in English Primary Schools, University of Bristol

1 Sept 201312 May 2019

Award Date: 7 May 2019

Social Work, Master of Research, Participatory research about young people's use of and reflections on local leisure services, University of Bristol

1 Sept 201230 Jun 2013

Award Date: 31 Jul 2013

Health and Population, Master in Science, Political economy analysis of sexual and reproductive health providers' services for disadvantaged groups , London School of Economics

5 Sept 200731 Jul 2009

Award Date: 31 Jul 2009

Communication, Bachelor of Arts, Helene Cixous' 'ecriture feminin' , Simon Fraser University, Burnaby

1 Sept 200030 Jun 2004

Award Date: 30 Jun 2004


  • LB1603 Secondary Education. High schools
  • LB1501 Primary Education
  • HT Communities. Classes. Races
  • HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
  • HM Sociology


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