I am an Early Career Researcher within the Substance Use and Associated Behaviours (SUAB) research group based in the department of Sociology at Manchester Metropolitan University. I was awarded my Doctorate in February 2019 with a thesis that explored the journeys to support among women who experienced co-occurring substance use and domestic abuse victimisation; this was funded by the SSA.
I hold a MSc in Drug and Alcohol Studies from The University of Glasgow, an MSc in Applied Social Research from Trinity College Dublin, and a BA (Hons) in Humanities from Dublin City University. I have professional experience in research and social care including children’s support, homeless services, and women’s services.
My area of expertise is women and substance use, influenced by feminist theory. My research uses narrative and creative methods to explore the lived experiences of substance use among women from diverse backgrounds. In 2018 I founded the SUAB PhD group, which includes national and international PhD students working in the area of substance use.
Drugs, Alcohol, Women and Families Conference, 2018
This project will take the form of an Early Career and PhD symposium, and a conference. The overall theme is Drugs, Alcohol Women and Families. The aim of the two-day event is to share, discuss, reflect and learn from each other about the various aspects of researching and supporting women affected by drug and/or alcohol use. Day one will give a platform to Early Career Researchers (ECR) and PhD students to discuss research-related questions, discuss difficulties, and learn about the process of researching in the drug and alcohol field. On day two, the conference will bring together researchers and practitioners to share research on women’s substance use, and discuss how research can be implemented in practice. Overall this event seeks to disseminate two days of learning to delegates and funders and ensure this topic continues to be on the substance use agenda both in research and in practice.