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Research interests

My research is focused on bystander intervention in the presence of sexual assault. In particular, I am exploring how we can encourage bystanders to intervene in such assaults and how a belief in a just world affects their likelihood of intervening.

A key aspect of my research is investigating bystander intervention within a virtual reality environment, using 360-degree cameras to capture staged footage of an assault. 

My PhD is funded by the University Research Studentship Allowance (URSA) at the University of Bath, and is supervised by Professor Danae Stanton Fraser (University of Bath), Professor Mitchell Callan (University of Bath), and Professor Mark Levine (Lancaster University). 

In 2023, I won the University of Bath's Three Minute Thesis competition, winning both the judges' choice and public vote awards. I then went on to the national quarter-finals, semi-finals, and finally, to the finals where won the judges' choice award at the national Vitae Three Minute Thesis competition.

Other responsibilities

In 2022, Sam Hooker and I founded the Researcher Wellbeing Group, an inter-disciplinary, inter-university support group aimed at early career researchers (from Master's through to Post-Docs) investigating traumatic subjects. This peer-support group, now in its second year, offers a safe place to discuss the toll researching such topics has on us, share experiences, and brainstorm coping mechanisms and solutions, as well as having sessions led by guest speakers. ECRs can sign up to join the Researcher Wellbeing group 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 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, Master of Science, Can Road Signs Expressing Descriptive Norms or Self-Efficacy Increase Pro-Environmental Driving?, University of Kent

Sept 2017Aug 2018

Award Date: 23 Nov 2018

Psychology, Bachelor of Science, Can Annoyance with Others Improve Wellbeing?, University of Southampton

Sept 2014May 2017

Award Date: 29 Jun 2017


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