I am a Lecturer in Sociology within the School of Applied Sciences at Edinburgh Napier University. Prior to this I worked as a Research Assistant in the Employment Research Institute at Edinburgh Napier University.
My research interests are primarily in the sociological study of work, culture and care. My research focuses on 'value conflicts' over commodification in social and cultural forms of work; digital labour; and the cultural politics of work & (un)employment.
I have a degree in Management, a Masters by Research in Social Research and a PhD, all from Heriot-Watt University. Drawing primarily on qualitative research, my PhD examined the conflict between artistic freedom and the commercial pressures of work within the recorded music industry.
I am currently working on three research projects:
- Work and wellbeing in dental care
- Women's work in the cultural industries
- Social economies of food and energy in Scotland
I have previously worked on projects investigating mental health and welfare reform, collectivism in open source software development and age management.