My professional background is in social work - I qualified as a social worker in Tasmania (Australia) in 2002 and my former practice experience includes school social work with children and adolescents (statutory role) and counselling and community work with sexual and gender minority groups (voluntary agency). In February 2009, I joined the social work team at Swansea University after providing sessional teaching in both sociology and social work programmes at the University of Tasmania for 4 years. I currently manage the MSc Social Work programme at Swansea. My teaching interests include social work law and policy, theories for practice, research methods in social work research and social aspects of ageing.
In 2008, I completed my PhD on the topic of how lesbian, gay, bisexual and queer-identifying youth negotiate queer identities in Australian workplaces. From 2011 to 2013 I led a mixed methods project into the provision of inclusive services for older lesbian, gay and bisexual people in residential care environments in Wales (funded by NISCHR, Welsh Government). My current research interests include: - youth sexualities, health and wellbeing; sexuality, care and ageing; and, the needs and interests of LGBT carers. I welcome proposals for postgraduate research (PhD/ Masters) in any of the above areas.
I have published work in national and international journals on a number of topics including sexuality and equal participation in the workplace, youth identities and sexuality, and urban simulation in video gaming.