I have worked in voluntary and statutory sector youth work projects since 1995, working with young people aged 14 -25 across a range of Youth Work settings. I've been a volunteer with a Sail Training organisation since 1998, as a second mate supporting young people learning to sail and have taken part in a number of Tall Ships races.
During this period, my practice has involved the design and implementation of innovative approaches that centre upon engaging young people to promote personal, social and enterprise skills development. I graduated from the University of Sunderland in 2005 in Community and Youth Work. Prior to becoming an Academic Tutor and PhD student in 2006, I was involved in setting up a branch for a homeless charity in the North East of England. Shortly after completing my PhD in 2014, examining local authority practice and youth forums activities in the North East of England, I became a full time member of staff. I primarily teach Social Policy related subjects and qualitative research methods.
Key areas include:
Social Constructions of 'Youth', Social Policy, Participation, Regeneration and Critcal Realism.