I am a Research Associate in the Cathie Marsh Institute for Social Research at the University of Manchester. Currently I am based in the UKDS working as part of the User Support and Helpdesk team.
My current research interests centre on health, inequalities, social support and the life course and using mixed methods to address complex research questions. Recently I have worked 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
I graduated from the University of Otago (New Zealand) with a degree in Maori 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.