I have been with Iriss since 2014. In my time here I have been involved in projects across a wide range of interest areas, including:
- Practitioner research
- Supervision and leadership
- Service user involvement in social work education
- Hospital to home pathways for older people
- Well-being and self-care
- Impact and outcomes reporting
Across these projects I have employed principles of coproduction to work with a wide range of partners, preferring to use asset and strengths-based ways of starting conversations. I am particularly interested in using dialogic approaches within teams and organisational groups to develop understanding, share knowledge and make changes to what they do.
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 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 enjoyed working across the boundaries of academic, policy and practitioner knowledges, seeking to link these worlds in meaningful and impactful ways.