I am a Research Associate in the Cathie Marsh Institute for Social Research at the University of Manchester. My current research interests centre on health, inequalities, social support and the life course and using mixed methods to address complex research questions. Currently I am working on two research projects. 1) Growing Up Healthy in Families Across the Globe – Te Ao Whanau, a collaboration through Massey University, New Zealand. 2) Urban Villages, developing participatory approaches to supporting older people living in inner-city environments: testing and adapting the ‘Village’ model in Manchester - funded by Manchester City Council
After graduating from the University of Otago, New Zealand, with a degree in Maori Studies and a graduate diploma in Community and Family Studies, I moved to Australia and worked for the Australian Government. Prior to starting my PhD at the University of Manchester I worked for Manchester City Council as a community-based project manager.