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Biography I am a lecturer in Sociology as part of the social sciences team in the school of applied sciences.

My principal interests are in personal relationships with a particular interest in gender and/or emotion.

My research to date has looked at couple relationships, masculinities and emotion, feeling rules, working parents managing in Covid-19 related restrictions, hosts of Ukrainian refugees (guests) and sexual health education.

I completed my PhD in 2015 hosted by the Centre for Research into Families and Relationships (CRFR) at the University of Edinburgh.

For several years I was part of a working group at the Scottish Government developing key messages around the topics of Consent and Healthy Relationships.

I have recently become an Associate Director of the Centre for Research in Families and Relationships (CRFR) and look forward to encouraging connections between the centre and Edinburgh Napier.
Research Interests I am primarily interested in personal relationships, in how they form, how they operate and how they feel.

I love to research personal experiences of interpersonal relationships with a particular fascination in how gender dynamics shape these.

Emotion is another area I am drawn to, both in terms of the underlying force they have in shaping our experiences of the world, but also in how they are simultaneously within us yet formed in interaction.

If you are interested in examining these areas with me please do get in touch by email.
Teaching and Learning I am currently the programme leader for our Social Sciences BA degree in Hong Kong where I have the pleasure of teaching and working with fantastic colleagues locally.

I have been nominated in the ENSA teaching awards every year since starting at Edinburgh Napier University, a testament perhaps to my genuine love of teaching and respect for our students.

I was awarded the ENSA Best Academic Student Support award for the whole university in 2019. I was awarded the Above and Beyond award for Outstanding Student Experience for the whole university in 2018. I awarded a fellowship from the Higher Education Authority (FHEA) in 2015.
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