My research expertise is in exploring women’s experiences of substance use, domestic abuse and support.
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.