I am a social scientist with a background in in Public Policy, European Politics and Research Methods.
My research interests lie at the intersection of mixed-methods, evidence-based and public policy (esp. health and education) with a particular focus on the analysis of large corpora (‘Big Data’). 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.
Working as a Research Director at NatCen Social Research, I have recently designed and managed projects for ministerial departments, regulatory bodies and charities – i.e., 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 have also worked as an independent 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 Course Tutor) at the London School of Economics and Political Science (department of Methodology).