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Associate Professor in the School of Education+44 (0) 191 33 40177
Fellow of the Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing0191 33 0191 334 0177


I joined the School of Education at Durham University in 2018. Prior to this I was Senior Research Fellow in the National Academy for Gifted and Talented Youth at the University of Warwick, where I completed my PhD and Research Excellence Academy Fellow in the Research Centre for Learning and Teaching at Newcastle University. I have worked on a range of projects funded by the ESRC, EPSRC, EIT Health, NIHR, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, and the Nuffield Foundation and carried out research consultancy for organisations including Nord Anglia Education Ltd, Erasumus University and the Bridge Group.

Drawing on my multi-disciplinary background (anthropology, literary studies, sociology) my work primarily focuses on educational identities and progression across the life course, with an anti-reductionist stance to educational questions which foregrounds inclusion, health and wellbeing. I am concerned to foster interdiscipinary dialogue and intergrated theorising across domains and approaches, important in linking social, philosophical and policy concerns. My work therefore bridges education and health, in particular public health and I am a member of Fuse, one of the UK Public Health Research Centres of Excellence. I have a particular methodological interest in narrative and auto/biographical approaches and narrative pedagogy. I am co-lead of the Narrative Practices Lab, within the Discovery Researh Platform for Medical Humanities. I created the NCL+ Advanced Award in Digital Storytelling at Newcastle University and I contribute to Digital Storytelling Durham.

I also draw on therapeutic theory and practice in my work, holding an Institute of Group Analysis Diploma in Groupwork Practice and I am interested in research on group dynamics. I am motivated to develop real-world appliations of research to foster inclusive learning opportunities across the lifecourse. To this end I was part of a European EIT Health funded consortium that developed narrative-based learning platform for healthcare practitioners: Caring Stories and an EPSRC-funded team that developed Quantum Odyssey: Quarks Interactive. I am currently Co-I on an SPHR NIHR funded project Developing a Best Practice Framework for the Holiday Activities and Food Programme, led by Bristol Medical School.

Completed Supervisions

A study on the character development and education of gifted pupils using a critical realist approach.

That’s me when I’m angry”: seeking the authentic voices of pupils and teachers from inside a Pupil Referral Unit through autoethnography.

Being WELL in the neoliberal university: Conceptualising a whole university approach to student well-being and experiences of living and learning at UK universities in a neoliberal higher education context.

Information for prospective doctoral students

I welcome enquiries from potential postgraduate research students interested in these areas: epistemology of educational research, narrative-based pedagogy and inquiry, questions focused on the intersections of health, education and wellbeing.

Research interests

  • Diversity and inclusion in education and learning
  • Intersections of education, mental health and well-being
  • Life history and auto/biographical methods
  • Narrative pedagogy and narrative inquiry


Authored book

Book review

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Supervision students