BiographyOriginally from Manchester, I completed a BA Hons in Social Work and DiPSW at the University of Salford (2002) and later MA Social Anthropology (2006) and PhD in Social Anthropology (2016) at the University of Manchester. My community and social work career led me from the UK - Mainland Europe - Mexico where I worked in health promotion, substance misuse outreach, HIV and sexual health education and human rights observation in armed conflict zones. Since re-training as a Social and Medical Anthropologist I have researched closely with midwives, families, migrants and sex workers on all kinds of health and relationship matters.
I specialise in sexual, reproductive and maternal health matters, and the design and ethics of collaborative ethnography. My broader interests are family life, intimate relationships and life-course in societies or populations affected by violence and/or conflict. My research region is principally, though not exclusive to Mexico/Latin America and the UK.
Teaching highlightsPrevious Taught Course Units
Introduction to Global Health and Medical Anthropology Diseases and Trauma in Developing Countries Anthropology of Life-Course in Conflict Societies Research Methods in Global Health Humanitarian Diplomacy and Negotiation in Practice Ethnography and Fieldwork Qualitative Research Methods
Humanitarian Response Cross-Generational Perspectives
University of Salford Social Work and Social Policy 2009-2016
Research Methods Ethics and Values in Social Work Introduction to Social Policy International Social Work Cultural Competency Conflict Resolution Safeguarding Children and Young People Mental Health Issues
Teaching interestsAnthropology of Health and Diseases, Global Health, Anthropology of Ageing and Life-course
ResearchI have run the Everyday Maternal Health Indicators project in Mexico since 2016 where I work closely with midwives, families and HIV professionals.
Since 2017 I have co-led a Peer Ethnographic Evaluation Research community project with female asylum seekers in Manchester looking at all matters of health and social care barriers for people with no recourse to public funds. I aim to extend this project to working with community organisations in Bradford from 2020 onward.