I am a Reader in Higher Education and Academic Practice at the Centre for the Study of Higher Education, University of Kent. My route into Higher Education research has been somewhat eclectic. I have an MA in Higher Education, a PGCHE and a PGCE in secondary science. I am a qualified yoga teacher and somatic movement therapist, I worked as a body-worker and movement artist and my first degree is in Chemistry with Analytical Science. My doctoral studies were a phenomenological exploration of young children’s perceptions, expressions and reflections of embodiment through movement.
My research interests centre around embodied experience, how innovative and creative research methods can add depth, richness, honesty and emotion to experience, and include reflective practice, reflexivity the ethics of research, the boundaries between research and therapy or art, and how these relate to practice and academic identity. I have worked on large mixed methods projects including Skilled support for people with severe or profound intellectual disability and complex needs and Imagining Autism.