I am a qualitative researcher with a longstanding interest in health and social care.

Following completion of my ESRC funded PhD (social policy) in 2011, I have undertaken research for Government, the third sector (notably ASH Wales), and the NHS.  Since 2013, I have been employed in research roles within Cardiff University.  I am currently undertaking a Wellcome Trust ISSF fellowship at Cardiff University's Centre for Trials Research, examining barriers and facilitators to public breastfeeding.  Alongside a systematic review of qualitative research, empirical data will be collected through urban ethnography.  

Education
PhD social policy, Cardiff University, UK, 2011
MSc Social Science Research Methods, Cardiff University
BSc (Econ) Criminology and Social Policy, Cardiff University
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Since my undergraduate studies (completed in 2006), I have been interested in the content of documents and how they shape behaviour within organisations.  My interest in social research methods was solidified during my MSc studies, and I have used documentary analysis consistently throughout my career to date.  Over the past few years, I have been critically considering documentary analysis methodology.

In terms of my empirical interest, have a long-standing interest in health, and have focused mostly on pregnancy and early parenthood since 2013, with a particular interest in infant feeding.  My research is concerned with the everyday ways in which pregnant women and mothers are stigmatised by society.

I have also designed the qualitative research components of a number of studies examining the feasibility and acceptability of complex interventions to improve health.   This includes a smoking in pregnancy cessation project with Public Health Wales, Models for Access to Maternal Smoking cessation Support (MAMSS), a Breastfeeding Peer Support for Breastfeeding Maintenance study (Mam-Kind) funded by the NIHR, an NIHR funded feasibility study of a youth drug prevention programme, ASSIST+Frank, led by DECIPHer, and the STAR Family study, examining reproductive decision making and experiences among women with rheumatic diseases.  These projects are currently being written up for publication. I also previously undertook ethnographic data collection on paediatric hospital wards as part of the PUMA project, to understand professional decision making.