My principal research interests lie in the connections between community, poverty and health and alternative forms of welfare provision. Specifically I am interested in the role of welfare policies in perpetuating and challenging current levels of poverty and ill-health. I am currently investigating the possibilities of community currencies in forming social networks and their potential for creating resilience to ill-health and creating a site of resistance to neo-liberal economics.
My future research plans are to build on the foundations of my PhD and previous research, to further investigate alternative forms of welfare provision (both in the UK and internationally) to build upon the theoretical framework developed in the PhD.
I am currently a Lecturer in Social Policy at the University of Birmingham, School of Social Policy.
2009 – 2010: Introduction to Social Policy (1st year undergraduate), Social Policy Analysis (2nd year undergraduate)
2010 – 2011: Introduction to Social Policy (1st year Undergraduate), Social Policy Analysis (2nd year Undergraduate), Poverty, Social Policy and Income Maintenance (2nd year Undergraduate), Social Policy (Taught Masters/Professional Doctorate Programme Social Work), Inclusive Governance: Power, Politics and Policy (Taught Masters)
2011 – 2012: Introduction to Social Policy (1st year Undergraduate), Social Policy Analysis (2nd year Undergraduate -), Poverty, Social Policy and Income Maintenance (2nd Year), Social Science Perspectives (Masters Social Work)
2012 – 2013: Unit director Social Policy and the Welfare State: Key Concepts and Contemporary Issues and Social Policy and the Welfare State: Welfare Theories (1st year undergraduate). Contributor to MA Social Work and dissertation supervisor (undergraduate and Masters levels).
2013 – present: Module co-ordinator Policy into Practice (2nd year undergraduate); Sectors and Services (MA) and Social Policy, Welfare and Society (Birmingham Foundation Academy). Contributor to Social Issues and Social Policy and dissertation supervision.
Research background: Asset-based Welfare, time banking and co-production, credit unions and youth justice.
Research interests: Poverty and Income Maintenance; Policy Analysis; Community Currencies and Basic Income schemes; Voluntary Sector and Self-help initiatives; Welfare Theory; Young People and Social Policy; History of Social Policy; Eugenics and New Genetics; Scandal and Social Policy; HIV/AIDS Policy; Devolution.