I have taught in Higher Education for over 20 years. My first post was at the University of Central Lancashire (1990-2003), and I then moved to the University of Manchester (2003-2009), before commencing my lecturing post here at Liverpool Hope University in September, 2009. Over the years I have developed and taught on many modules linked to welfare theories, welfare delivery and the historical development of welfare policies, and have taught social policy related subjects to social workers and medical undergraduates. I also have a specific expertise related to debates concerning race, ethnicity and social policy. At present I am course leader for the Social Policy degree which I have also taught on for over three years. The degree explores issues concerned with poverty and disadvantage, welfare ideology, social problems, divisions of welfare and globalisation. I am also course leader for an MA social work course that covers social policy related debates.
My main area of research expertise is discrimination and anti-discriminatory theories and practices. During the 1990s I carried out a research project exploring Anti-racist Learning Requirements in Social Work Education and Training. More recently I have interviewed Muslim women in an exploration of Gender and Identity amongst Second and Third Generation Muslim Women in the North West of England. In 2010 I carried out a research project exploring the experiences of working class women in an area of Liverpool.