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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.

Areas of Expertise

  • Social care and sexuality; Ageing and sexuality; Equality issues for carers; Workplace participation and equality; Rights and interests of sexually diverse youth; Queer and narrative theory in social work; Web-based qualitative research


  1. & Sexual health and sexual activity in later life. Reviews in Clinical Gerontology 25(1), 22-30.
  2. Reflections on research: provision of inclusive care home environments to sexually diverse groups of older people. Generations Review 24(1), 23-25.
  3. & Life in the Pink Dragon's Den: mental health services and social inclusion for LGBT people in Wales. In Julie Fish and Kate Karban (Ed.), Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans Health Inequalities: international perspectives in social work. (pp. 79-95).
  4. & Swimming upstream: the provision of inclusive care to older lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) adults in residential and nursing environments in Wales. Ageing and Society, 1-25.
  5. Working across differences in sexuality and age: Australian stories of young LGBQ workers' experiences in paid employment. In Fiona Colgan and Nick Rumens (Ed.), Sexual Orientation at Work: Contemporary issues and perspectives. (pp. 122-136). New York: Routledge.

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Administrative Responsibilities

  • Programme director – MSc Social Work programme - College of Human and Health Sciences, Swansea University

    2013 - 2014

  • Programme director – BSc Social Work programme - College of Human and Health Sciences, Swansea University

    2010 - 2013

External Responsibilities

  • External Examiner for UG Social Work programme, Glasgow Caledonian University

    2011 - Present

  • Committee member, South West Wales Programme Management Committee for Social Work

    2009 - Present

  • Co-Chair (previously Chair), Sexuality in Social Work Special Interest Group (UK)

    2009 - Present

Key Grants and Projects

  • Provision of inclusive and anti-discriminatory services to older lesbian, gay, bisexual identifying (LGB) people in residential care environments in Wales. A mixed methods study. 2011 - 2013

    , with T. Maegusuku-Hewett, M. Raithby, P. Miles, NISCHR (£144,354)