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Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

I have supervised PhDs using narrative methodologies and am currently supervising a PhD exploring the role of mothers in gang exit.

I am happy to take on PhD students with an interest in youth studies in particular young people in the justice system, youth gangs and lived experience of crime. I can supervise topics using creative methodologies including narrative enquiry, arts-based methods and constructivist grounded theory. 


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Personal profile


I have a vast interest in lived experiences of those who move in and out of crime and poverty. My specialist area is young people involved in crime and creative research methods. Although I do have research interests in youth work, youth studies, culture, street cultures,  class relations and power.  I enjoy using creative methodologies that work alongside people to explore visual and verbal meaning making. I have an interdisciplinary background of psychology, sociology and criminology. I also have a strong practitioner background, being a youth worker in Glasgow for just under ten years, a mentor for ex-offenders and co-ordinating sports to reduce anti-social behaviour in young people. I enjjoy working with people from all walks of lives.


I am currently completing a fellowship exploring the link between boredom and excitiment seeking behaviours funded by the Royal Society of Edinburgh. I am also in the final year of an evaluation of Scottish Sports Futures evaluating their Cashback for Communities projects and just about to start a research project exploring outcomes for young people in the Childrens Hearing System. 


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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