I hold a First Class MA (Hons) degree in Geography from the University of Glasgow (2002), for which I was awarded the Royal Scottish Geographical Society’s (RSGS) University Medal, a PhD in Human Geography, also from Glasgow (2006), and a Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice awarded by the University of Stirling (2014).

During my career I have held academic appointments at the Universities of Glasgow, Lancaster, Manchester, Stirling and Edinburgh Napier, and have been a Visiting Researcher at The University of Auckland, New Zealand.  My first role was serving as a Graduate Teaching Assistant during the last nine months of my PhD in the School of Geographical and Earth Sciences at the University of Glasgow (2005-2006).  I then spent about four years (2006-2011) working as a contract researcher, initially as a Research Associate in the Institute of Health Research at Lancaster University (2006-2007) working on the ESRC-funded Placing Voluntary Activism study.  During this appointment I was also a Visiting Researcher in the School of Environment at the University of Auckland, New Zealand (2007).  I subsequently moved to the University of Manchester (2008-2010) to take up a Research Associate post in the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work working on the Moving Care Closer to Home project funded by the Department of Health.  I moved back to Scotland in 2010 to take up a position as a Research Fellow in the Cancer Care Research Centre at the University of Stirling (2010-2011) evaluating Working Health Services in Tayside and Lothian for Macmillan Cancer Support and Healthy Working Lives.  I was appointed to my first permenant academic post in 2011 as a Lecturer at the Highland Campus of the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health at the University of Stirling (2011-2014).  Alongside undergraduate, postgraduate and continuing professional development teaching, during this post I was involved in a number of research projects including Adolescent Cancer Education (ACE), Best Foot Forward, and RAR, as well as studies evaluating innovations in nurse education such as the Pre-nursing Scholarship and interdisciplinary Human Dignity and Nurse Education project.  Four years later, in January 2015, I took up my current role as a Reader in the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Care at Edinburgh Napier University.

Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (FRGS).