BiographyI 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.
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.