I initially undertook a BA (Hons) in Sociology and Economics at the University of Wolverhampton, where I developed an interest in the distribution of resources and rewards in society.
I then went on to complete my PhD, which was a study of regeneration in the West Midlands and looked in particular at the issues of social exclusion, political economy and stability/crisis.
After my PhD, I left the university to work initially in the voluntary sector and subsequently for a local authority in the field of neighbourhood management. Working with a range of agencies to address areas of concernment in priority neighbourhoods, I led on developing action plans, monitoring and commissioning research.
In early 2008, I returned to the University of Wolverhampton as a senior lecturer in social policy, where I teach across a range of modules.
My main areas of interest relate to poverty and social exclusion as well as the ways in which welfare is funded and delivered, this includes the role of government intervention.
In addition to lecturing, I have just completed supervision of a PhD, I sit on the faculty research committee and I have delivered training sessions to local authority community development workers.
I am a fellow of the Higher Education Academy and as a member of the Social Policy Association, I have presented papers at the annual conference.