I am a Lecturer in Sociology within the School of Applied Sciences at Edinburgh Napier University. Prior to this I worked as a Research Assistant in the Employment Research Institute at Edinburgh Napier University.
My research interests lie in the sociological study of culture, work, organisation and care. My research focuses on the interconnections between culture, economy and 'nature'; processes of commodification or 'value conflicts' in work and organisation; plants, gardening and organising sustainability; feminist analysis of work and culture; bureaucracy in society and culture; work within digital, cultural, health or public sector contexts; and cultural studies and 'conjunctural analysis'.
I have a degree in Management, a Masters by Research in Social Research and a PhD, all from Heriot-Watt University. My PhD examined the conflict between artistic freedom and the commercial pressures of work within the recorded music industry.
I am currently a co-investigator on a Leverhulme/British Academy Small Research Grant researching the work of producing sustainability in restaurant work. Prior to this, I worked on an ESRC-funded project investigating the use of temporary accommodation to house asylum seekers and refugees during the Covid-19 outbreak, and have previously worked on projects funded by the EPSRC, Carnegie and other funding bodies.