I am a Wellcome Trust Career Development Fellow in the Centre for Lactation, Infant Feeding and Translational Studies (LIFT). My fellowship project, Autism: from menstruation to menopause, uses participatory research with the Autistic community to better understand reproductive health.
I am #ActuallyAutistic, Disabled and a wheelchair user. I come from a working class background and worked as a carer and auxiliary nurse prior to undertaking my undergraduate degree as a mature student. These experiences leave me with a strong desire to promote social justice and to challenge inequality within my research and teaching. Accordingly, I aim to improve the health of (i) people in the perinatal period and (ii) Autistic people.
Methodologically I am interested in the way in which qualitative research methods are used, and how they can be advanced. I have written two books in relation to documentary analysis, Doing Excellent Social Research with Documents (Routledge, 2019; Chapter 8 is available for free ) and Doing Your Research Project with Documents: A Step-by-step guide to take you from start to finish (Policy Press, 2022).