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Area of academic expertise - outline

I am a health professional and interdisciplinary researcher, with specific interests in the interactions of health and the environment. With a background in nursing (adult health) and environmental science, my skills lie in bringing together knowledge and methodologies from different disciplines in order to tackle real-world problems. I have experience in managing and analysing large, complex datasets, and of carrying out mixed-methods research. My current research interests are in the areas of the effect of climate change on public health (including social and employment effects, transport and access to services) and the risks and benefits of blue/green space utilisation. My previous research focussed on micronutrient deficiencies in pregnancy in Malawi, exploring the effects of the physical and socio-cultural environment on micronutrient health, through analysis of corresponding soil, crop and blood samples, as well as questionnaires and ethnographic qualitative observation and document analysis. 

Desired research direction

I am open to collaborative projects of an interdisciplinary nature, particularly (though not exclusively) to those with a focus on health and the environment. As I have experience of working in a developing country, this is something I am keen to continue, however I also have an interest in public health research which aims to tackle inequalities within the Scottish context. 

Current teaching activities and interests

I currently teach on the pre-registration BSc Adult Nursing programme, and have previously taught on the Masters in Public Health. 

I am Module Coordinator for the BSc Dissertation Module, and am Site Lead for the Academic Skills Development Module. 


Other areas of expertise available for knowledge exchange

Clinical Research

Current research activities

Member of the UWS Protracted Crisis Research Centre.

Member of the British Academy Early Career Researcher Network 

My current research collaborations (pending funding) are in the area of the effect of climate change on public health (including social and employment effects, transport and access to services). I am currently building a network of stakeholders to develop funding bids in the area of blue/green space regeneration and its health impacts. 

I currently co-supervise a PhD student who is researching climate change-related health effects in Cameroon.

I am supervising a number of Masters student dissertations, primarily in the areas of infant/maternal health, including breastfeeding. 


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 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

External positions

Member of British Academy ECR Network (Scotland), British Academy

22 May 2022 → …

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

29 Jun 2020 → …

NMC Registered Nurse (Adult)

30 Sept 2006 → …


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