My research is in the area of economic sociology.
My main interests are in labour market transitions
across the life cycle for parents, youth and older workers.
I am interested in understanding and comparing the organisation
and consequences of flexible employment in different countries
using both qualitative and quantitative methods.
My undergraduate degree in Politics was completed at Hull University
and my doctoral research in Sociology with Prof Duncan Gallie at Nuffield College, Oxford University.
I worked for ten years in Berlin with Prof Guenther Schmid at the WZB
in the research group Labour Market Policy and Evaluation.
In 2000 I was a Jean Monnet Fellow at the EUI in Florence.
I was awarded a Leverhulme Trust Major Research Fellowship in 2009. I am the coordinator of the EU FP7 STYLE project examining youth employment in Europe and the lead UK partner on the Horizon 2020 funded NEGOTIATE project.
I really enjoy working on collaborative projects with my colleagues
from Brighton & IES, and from in and outside the UK.