I am currently Deputy Head of Policy and Research at the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) where I lead and manage projects on planning issues (e.g. housing and urban development) at national, regional and international levels. I sit on the editorial board of Planning Theory & Practice and I am a member of the 2021 Research Excellence Framework ( Sub-panel 13: Architecture, Built Environment and Planning).
I am a political scientist with a background in Public Policy, Research Methods and European/International Politics.
My research interests lie at the intersection of mixed-methods, evidence-based and public policy with a particular focus on the analysis of large corpora (i.e. public consultations; social media data and parliamentary debates). My academic research has been published in scholarly journals such as Political Studies, Parliamentary Affairs, Evaluation and Quality and Quantity. I have also published a book on Text Analysis with Sage.
Prior to joining the RTPI, I worked as a Research Director at NatCen Social Research where I designed and managed large-scale research projects for ministerial departments, regulatory bodies and charities – e.g., Cancer Research UK (Young People’s Perceptions of Food Marketing and Obesity, 2016); The Royal National Institute of the Blind (Experiences of Personal Independence Payment for people with sensory loss, 2016) and the Department of Health (Improving flu vaccination uptake by healthcare workers, 2016).
I also worked as an independent data consultant for the Royal College of Physicians (Consultation on Assisted Dying Legislation, 2015); the Bank of England (Text mining for central banks, 2014); the House of Lords (Government’s new Approach to Consultation, 2012); the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Public Consultation on End of Life Medicines, 2011) and the Charity Commission for England and Wales (Consultation on the Public Benefit Test, 2010).
I hold both Masters and PhD degrees from the University of Essex (Department of Government).
From 2010-2016, I was a Fellow (then Lecturer/Course Tutor) at the London School of Economics and Political Science (department of Methodology).
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