Before becoming an independent researcher, I worked at The University of Sheffield and Durham University. I’ve had the good fortune to work with some stellar thinkers in their respective fields including: Joy Palmer-Cooper, Sandra Bell, Allison James and Rosie Parnell.
A long time ago I graduated from the University of Warwick, with a BA and a teaching qualification, which launched me into a short burst of primary teaching. The main bits of my paid working life are listed below. The project titles don’t give it away, but each job has had, at its heart one or both of these two big themes: people’s engagement with space and place (e.g. outdoor space, built environments, local places, everyday spaces, The Environment) and/or people’s engagement with each other (modes of communication, education and engagement and intergenerational relations).
Jan 2013 – Jan 2016
Research Associate Designing with Children – Leverhulme funded project exploring architects’ and children’s experiences of working together in spatial design. Rosie Parnell, University of Sheffield. Teaching – Masters students supervision; PhD students methods training.
July 2011 – Sept 2011
Research Associate providing literature review: Cultural and Arts-Based Approaches to Enhancing Inter-Generational Relations. Penny Curtis, University of Sheffield.
Jan 2005 – July 2007
Research Associate ESRC Project: Space to Care : Children’s perceptions and experiences of hospital space. Allison James and Penny Curtis, University of Sheffield. Teaching undergraduate module: Children Culture & Society; Master students study skills; Postgraduate summer school.
July 2001 – July 2004
Senior Research Associate EU Fifth Framework project: IMEW ‘Integrated Management of European Wetlands’, based in Departments of Anthropology, Education and Geography. Sandra Bell, Joy Palmer and Liz Oughton, Durham University.
Sept 1998 – Sept 1999
Consultant – Research Assistant for Professor Joy Palmer: Commission to undertake review of The Wildlife Trusts’ education
Sept 1998 – July 2003
PhD student (part time), Durham University
Sept 1997 – July 2001
University Teaching Assistant, School of Education, Durham University. Teaching: Undergraduate modules: Education Issues, Education in Context, Environmental Issues, Qualitative Methods.
Sept 1995 – July 1997
Primary School Teacher, Derby.