I have a BA in Politics and South Asian Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS, University of London), MA in Social Work from Goldsmiths College, University of London, MA in Social Research Methods and PhD from the University of Birmingham.
I worked for 15 years in the social care field in both statutory and voluntary sector settings, including learning disability, homelessness and mental health, including as a social worker in a mental health Crisis Resolution Team.
I completed my doctoral thesis in 2014. This study explores the impact of marketisation and managerialism on conceptualisations of mental distress in community mental health services. This was funded by an award from the Centre of Excellence in Interdisciplinary Mental Health (University of Birmingham) and an Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) studentship.
My main teaching input is on the Research and Critical Thinking, MA Dissertation and Social Work Theory courses.
I am currently involved in two externally funded research projects. Since 2016 I have been working on a study of the impact of austerity and welfare state transformation on access to mental health services and the benefits system in England. This is funded by the EU Horizon 2020 Framework Programme for Research and Innovation. I am also involved in a pan-European study of the impact of welfare state reform on social work practice which was awarded funding by the Swiss National Science Foundation in 2017.
I am an active member of the Social Work Action Network (SWAN).
For my publications please see Repository Outputs in the Research Outputs section below.