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I was born in Glasgow, but raised in equal parts in Huddersfield and Stirling. I was awarded an undergraduate MA (Hons) in Geography from the University of Edinburgh in 2012, followed by an MSc by Research (Human Geography) from the same institution in 2013 (supervised by Dr. Tom Slater). Before moving to Sheffield in September 2014, I was employed as a Graduate Planning & Policy Officer at the University of Stirling.

PhD Research (2014-2017)

The working title of my PhD research is: ‘Territorial Stigma and Youth in Europe’s Steel Cities: Sheffield and Duisburg in Comparative Perspective’. The project aims to further understand the production of territorial stigma in the postindustrial metropolis, with a specific interest in the experiences of young people (aged 15-25) living in neighbourhoods afflicted by stigma. I am funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), and I am supervised by Dr. Lee Crookes and Dr. Paula Meth.

Research Interests

My research interests lie in critical urban geography - specifically in urban marginality and the state. I am interested in using qualitative (and participatory) methods to explore how inequalities are produced and sustained, and how these manifest themselves spatially in cities. I am a Postgraduate Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and a member of the Urban Geography Research Group. I am also a member of the University of Sheffield’s ‘Difference, Society and Space’ research cluster in the Department of Geography.


I have previously taught on two undergraduate Geography modules at the University of Edinburgh: Economic & Political Geography and Human Geography. In 2012, I was nominated by students for an Edinburgh University Students’ Association (EUSA) teaching prize. I am interested in any future teaching opportunities in human geography and urban studies.

Other Activities

When I’m not at my desk, I’m usually found climbing indoors at The Foundry on wet days, and outside in the beautiful Peak District whenever it’s sunny. I also enjoy all forms of cycling (from touring to mountain biking), wild camping, and swimming in any puddle big enough.