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I am a lecturer in Management (Organisational Psychology) and a Chartered Occupational Psychologist (HCPC registered). I received my Phd from the University of Nottingham (2007) and I undertook an EPSRC postdoctorate (Risk and the design engineer) at Loughborough University (2007-2009).  I have worked at Exeter, Sussex and Bournemouth Universities. I took a 2 year sabatical from academia in 2015 (returning in 2017), to work in the 3rd sector on projects supporting women's vocational development and engagement with the labour market following displacement. This was a tremedously rewarding time for me and I continue to contribute to this area of work through my ongoing research. 

In my research I use principles of Psychology to address the following questions:

  • How does intersectionality, identity and equality affect the women's experience of work and their wellbeing?
  • How might we design diversity programmes to address more obvious but also hidden inequalities at work?
  • How are those most disaffected in Society (i.e. marginalised communities) impacted personally by inequalities in the workplace and what can we do to address these problems?
  • How does sudden displacement (e.g. war) affect women ?
  • How can we address problems that arise at work through job design and creativity?

I have published my work in journals such as Human Relations, Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, Journal of Management, Personnell Review and Work and Stress, amongst others. I have recieved funding from the Economics and Social Sciences Research Council (ESRC), Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), The Big Lottery (UK) and The Railway Safety and Standards Board (RSSB), among others. My research and impact work in the area of equalities informs UN's ssustainable goal 5 (Equality for Women and Girls). More information can be found by accessing the following link: Equality for Every Woman and Girl - At Work

I am the Chair for the Equality, Diverstity and Inclusion (EDI) committee of the Business School, at the University of Aberdeen. I am also a member of the EDI board of the British Psychological Society.

I welcome queries from Phd students who are interested in pursuing doctoral research in my areas of interest. Also queries on collaboration from other academics working in paralel areas and also from third sector organisations.




Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality

External positions

UK, The British Psychological Society



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