I am a Research Associate in the Cathie Marsh Institute for Social Research at the University of Manchester. I work with the UK Data Service as part of the User Support and Training team. Within my role I have a particular interests in supporting the Third Sector to access social data, capturing the experiences of the UK Data Service users, census data and the continuing development of web-based training. 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.