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Research interests

  • Co-production: method and ethics
  • Community researchers and community researcher training
  • Community-engagement pedegogy
  • Parenting support and intervention approaches in the UK
  • The role of the third-sector in parenting support and intervention
  • Intimate-partner violence in young people and approaches to intervention in the UK
  • Strengthening Families, Strengthening Communities programme

Research Projects 

  • Accrediting Community Engagement: A Bristol Approach to Service-Learning (PI). 2018-2019, Bristol Institute for Learning and Teaching (BILT).
  • Productive Margins: Regulating for Engagement (Senior Research Associate). 2013 - 2018, ESRC/AHRC. 
  • Community-Based Researchers - Making Co-production Happen (PI). 2017-2018, CC Catalyst Fund 
  • Girls Making History.(Project Lead). 2014 - 2015, EPSRC. (High Commendation from University of Bristol Engage Awards 2014/15)
  • Gender Based Violence and Displacement. (methodological consultant). 2017 - 2019, ESRC/AHRC. 
  • Negotiating the Regulatory Terrain, The Role of the Third Sector in Developing and Delivering Parenting Intervention Programmes in the UK. Co-produced with Race Equality Foundation and Single Parent Action Network. PhD research - ESRC Funded UoB Law School.

Structured keywords and research groupings

  • Families and Parenting
  • Strengthening Families, Strengthening Communities
  • Parenting Programmes
  • Co-designing family support
  • Third sector organisations
  • co-production
  • community researchers
  • BILT
  • Teaching Innovation Grant
  • Service-learning and community engagement
  • pedagogy
  • Widening particpation
  • Mature students
  • Cabot Institute City Futures Research
  • Cabot Institute Environmental Change Research
  • Cabot Institute Food Security Research


  • Community Researchers
  • Co-production
  • Parenting
  • Participation
  • Research Ethics
  • Teenage Intimate-Partner Violence
  • Parenting Policy
  • Parenting Programmes
  • Third-Sector
  • Community-Engagement
  • Community-university collaboration
  • Service-learning
  • Pedagogy
  • Community Researcher Training
  • Research Methods Training
  • Widening Particpation


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