My research interests span a number of issues and disciplines but focus mainly on the rights of children and young people. I also have a keen interest in the development and evaluation of social interventions and policies.

My interest in research with children and young people stems from my time as a practitioner working with young people in care. Through my research I am seeking to understand the processes underlying the difficulties young people face to achieve their full potential. My objectives are to contribute to knowledge on risk and protective factors and the effectiveness of interventions. I am also interested in the broader structural issues that impede children’s success.

Current research projects:

  • What are the risk and protective factors for educational outcomes of children in care? An investigation of what foster carers do to promote the educational achievement of children in their care. (Current PhD project, funded by the Rees Centre)
  • What is the evidence on carer involvement for educational outcomes of children in foster and kinship care? An international systematic review (co-author: AJ Hickey)
  • Effective education provision for refugees and asylum seekers (PI: Dr Ellie Ott): international systematic review and mapping project.


Completed research projects: