LINKING THEORY, RESEARCH, POLICY DEVELOPMENT AND PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE The relationship between critical theory and community-based research is central to my work, with a focus on research, publications and presentations aimed at raising awareness about children’s experiences – at individual and community level – and informing policy/ practice. CRITICAL ANALYSIS Analysing the political, historical, social, cultural … Read more


QUALIFICATIONS • BEd (Hons) Primary Education, University of Lancaster, 1987 • MA Crime, Deviance and Social Policy (Distinction), University of Lancaster, 1990 [Thesis: New Women, Old Myths: The Illusions of ‘Post-Feminism’] • PhD, Queen’s University Belfast, 2014 [Thesis: Critical Analysis of Rights-Based Approaches to Children ‘At Risk of Offending’ in Northern Ireland] CAREER • Primary … Read more


Having initially been a primary school teacher, I was a Senior Lecturer in education and childhood studies with responsibility for research throughout the School of Education at Edge Hill University before becoming a senior manager for research in one of the UK’s largest charities working with children and families. Since 2006 I have been an … Read more