I am a senior lecturer in social science research methods at Birkbeck, University of London, in the School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy, and director of Birkbeck’s postgraduate programmes in Social Research. These programmes are also training options on the UCL, Bloomsbury and East London Doctoral Training Partnership (UBEL DTP).
I teach quantitative methods and theorising social research. My research focuses on mental healthcare, for instance, how people’s needs are assessed in services, whether treatments actually help, and how metrics are (mis)used in service management. Most of my work uses quantitative methods. I am increasingly interested in how traditional social science methodology may be interwoven with experiential approaches like group relations conferences and survivor-led theorising drawing on lived experience.