I am a Project Manager in Evidence-informed Practice who joined Iriss in March 2014. I have an academic grounding in the field of human geography. My PhD, completed in 2011, examined the relationship between mental health well-being and environmental volunteering. Through this study I explored a number of themes, including:
- Citizenship and belonging
- Emotional and social interactions
- Therapeutic landscape experiences
Following my PhD I have worked within the Scottish Government and the University of Sheffield, as well as carrying out a number of fixed-term consultancy research roles. Within each of these, I have enjoyed working across the boundaries of academic, policy and practitioner knowledges, seeking to link these worlds in meaningful and impactful ways.
This is very much where I look to develop my work with the numerous social services researchers, practitioner organisations, and policy-influencers and makers that Iriss engages with and partners.