I am a Research Associate in the Cathie Marsh Institute for Social Research and the Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research on Ageing (MICRA) at the University of Manchester. I currently work on the Ageing in Place project led by Tine Buffel. My current research interests centre on health, inequalities, social support and the life course and using mixed methods to address complex research questions.
I graduated from the University of Otago (Aotearoa New Zealand) with a BA in Māori Studies and Community & Family Studies in 2000. Then I moved to Australia and worked for the Australian Government for several years before moving to Manchester where I worked for Manchester City Council as a community-based project manager. While working for the Council I returned to study and completed a MSc in Social Change. Following my MSc I was awarded a Research Impact Scholarship from the University of Manchester to complete my PhD in Social Change, I graduated in 2018.