I graduated from Newcastle University in 2012 with a First Class Honours degree in geography. During my undergraduate degree, I was awarded a University Expedition Scholarship to undertake fieldwork in South Africa. As project leader, I helped manage a team of three other undergraduate researchers to explore the economic and social impact the 2010 FIFA World Cup had on the Umlazi Township just outside Durban. Upon graduating, I was awarded the Henry Daysh Prize for "outstanding contribution to geography at Newcastle."
In 2013, I graduated with a masters (Distinction) in Human Geography Research at Newcastle University. This masters focused on the development of knowledge in human geography within the context of advance training in research. My masters thesis was developed alongside my employment with Age UK. This project looked at the multiple spaces of wellbeing at Age UK lunch clubs in Newcastle Upon Tyne. Independently of my masters, I undertook research with Newcastle Citizens Advice Bureau to better understand the impact of the welfare reform on its clients.
In 2013, I moved to Devon to begin a PhD at the University of Exeter under the supervision of Professor Paul Cloke and Dr Jennifer Lea. My research explores the experiences of mid term recovery for older people post-disaster. Using Christchurch, New Zealand as a case study, my fieldwork will employ embodied methodologies in the form of volunteering and participant observation, interviews and discourse analysis to better understand the creation of 'resilient subjects' through emotional and affective experiences.
Between October 2014 and March 2015, I will be based at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand as a visiting researcher.
My research is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).