I began my career working for the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) in South Korea before obtaining a PhD at the University of Cambridge. Since then, I have taught and researched at several UK universities including King’s College London, Brunel University London, Birkbeck College London and the Open University.
My core research interests are in how poverty and inequality influence children and young people’s life chances and their educational and other social outcomes. My research topics, so far, have included young people’s views of inequality and their sense of their agency concerning their occupational ‘choices’, the methodological issues concerning children’s participation in research (especially those relating to children acting as primary researchers), and the relationship between child labour and national and international education policy.
My current research project, which explores the views of inequality of English secondary school students from different socioeconomic backgrounds and their sense of agency, has been awarded funding from the British Academy/Leverhulme Small Research Grants scheme.