My PhD research is a qualitative study exploring women’s experiences of substance use, domestic abuse and support.
I am a Research Associate for the Substance Use and Associated Behaviours (SUAB) research group within the Department of Sociology at Manchester Metropolitan University. My research focuses on the lived experiences of female substance use, using narrative and creative methods. In February 2019 I was awarded my PhD which was funded by the Society for the Study of Addiction. This research explored the journeys to support among women who experience co-occurring substance use and domestic abuse.
I hold an MSc in Drug and Alcohol Studies from The University of Glasgow, a MSc in Applied Social Research from Trinity College Dublin and a BA (Hons) in Humanities from Dublin City University. I have a background working as a researcher for a homeless organisation in Dublin and as a support worker in a childrens charity, a homeless organisation and a domestic abuse service. I am a trustee and active volunteer for a local Manchester women’s food and clothes bank.