Welcome to my website
I am a digital researcher focused on the relationships between social media, communities, and social action. I am interested in what people and places are becoming with digital technologies and how communities and neighbourhoods are changing with social media. My work is driven by the pressing need to address social inequality, urban inequity and climate change. I often focus on issues that are important to working class women given my own gender identity and class background.
My approach to research is often participatory, creative, activist and digital. In 2018, I co-edited ‘Doing Research In and On the Digital: Research Methods Across Fields of Inquiry’ (Routledge) and have published on new materialist and scholar-activist practices for researching with responsibility and care for communities and planet.
Since joining Western, I have been working across Schools to produce new socio-technical curricula that prepares students to work at the intersections of technology, social equity, and society. In my role as Curriculum Champion for Future Thinkers with the University’s 21C Curriculum Project, I am working in partnership with colleagues, students and external partners to transforming curriculum for the future of work and society. In 2020, I co-designed the Ctrl Alt Shift Identity curiosity pod with student curriculum partners and colleagues from the Young and Resilient Research Centre.
I am a School based Research Fellow with Western Sydney University’s Young and Resilient Research Centre, a Fellow of Advance HE, an Honorary Fellow at the University of Salford (UK), and World Social Science Fellow on transformations to sustainability in urban contexts with the International Social Science Council.
Prior to joining Western Sydney University, I was a Lecturer in Psychology within the Media Psychology team at the University of Salford (UK). I commenced my academic career at Salford with the Sustainable Housing and Urban Studies Unit (SHUSU) reearching housing needs of groups that are excluded and marginalised by UK housing markets and policies such as Gypsies and Travellers, Eastern European migrant workers, and older people. I completed my EPSRC-funded PhD in Environmental Psychology on residents’ identities of place and making sense of living alongside railways. I graduated with a first class BSc (Hons) Psychology from the University of Huddersfield, UK.