I’m a writer and researcher with a general interest in inequalities in the labour market. I am currently a Senior Lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University.
My PhD research examines the intersections between social networks, gender segregation and gender stereotyping in the context of entrepreneurship in New York City. A paper from my thesis on the experiences of men owners of childcare businesses has recently been published. I had previously investigated this topic in the European context for my Master’s in Research thesis – a summary paper was published in the International Journal of Gender and Entrepreneurship. I received my M.A. (Hons.) in Economics and Politics at the University of Glasgow. My dissertation focused on democratization and poverty in developing nations.
Research programmes I have been involved in include Women Audio Visual Engineers (WAVE), Women in North West Engineering and numerous investigations into sex discrimination at the Equality and Human Rights Commission. I am a member of the Gender Research Cluster and the Creativity and Entrepreneurship Research Cluster at Manchester Metropolitan University.
I am also interested in research that exploits the use of new media technologies, discussed in my edited collection Advancing Research Methods with New Technologies which was published in April 2013. I co-edited Entrepreneurship, Self-Employment and Retirement, a forthcoming volume from Palgrave MacMillan.
I have been a Resident Scholar at both the Library of Congress, Washington DC and the Institute for Advanced Studies on Science, Technology and Society, Graz (you can read my paper See No Women, Hear No Women, developed at Graz here).