I have been at Liverpool Hope University since June 1999 and am now located in the Department of Social Work, Care and Justice where I am Programme Leader for BAC Childhood and Youth. I have wide-ranging teaching experience, having previously delivered courses in Sociology, Identity Studies and Health and Wellbeing. My main teaching is focused on the social construction of childhood and youth, childhood development, risk, health and wellbeing, youth cultures and subcultures and youth policy. I also teach on a range of Masters programmes across the Department.
I hold a Masters Degree in Media and Cultural Studies which was awarded by the Open University, having graduated from Liverpool JMU in 1997 with a BA (1st Class Hons) in Sociology and History. I also have a PhD. for which I explored the complex relationships between risk and social identity amongst contemporary youth in Liverpool. Specifically, this research focused upon young people’s discourses relating to the taking or avoidance of everyday risk practices and how these were simultaneously informed by and reproductive of positions in social space such as class, age, gender and ethnicity.
I also hold a PGCE (FE/HE) and I am an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
I have presented research papers at a range of prestigious academic conferences both in the UK and across Europe and have several publications relating to my field of research.