Before beginning my PhD at the University of Manchester I studied for a BA in Sociology and an MA in Social Research at Goldsmiths, University of London. After that I was employed as a Hospice Community Researcher for a three month pilot project investigating the availability and accessibility of support for families of children with a life-limiting or life-threatening condition in South London, before applying for a PhD. Amongst many other jobs, I've worked for a 3 years as an animal welfare campaigner (World Animal Protection, Save The Asian Elephants) and am currently co-founder and Campaign Director for Crustacean Compasssion, a group of animal welfare professionals calling for the legal animal welfare protection of decapod crustaceans such as crabs and lobsters.
I came to university a little later than most. I originally trained as an actor (Maisie Bryceland). My experience of this time have influenced a lot of my thinking, particularly around embodied social interaction and sensory methodologies. I've also drawn on this skillset to develop teaching tools for social research methods, collaborating with Prof Les Back and Dr Michaela Benson at Goldsmiths on the Fieldwork Fables film project; and working with Dr Yasmin Gunaratnam on the "Go Home”: Mapping the unfolding controversy of Home Office immigration campaigns" project.