About me

I am a Senior Lecturer in the School of Education and Sociology at the University of Portsmouth. I am also a co-founder and director of The 1752 Group, a research and lobby group addressing staff sexual misconduct in higher education.

I previously worked as a researcher in the Culture, Media and Creative Industries department at King’s College London, carrying out research and evaluation of the BBC Get Creative campaign.

In 2015 I graduated with a PhD from the sociology department at Goldsmiths College, University of London, under the supervision of Bev Skeggs and Les Back, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council.

I have organised many and varied events on staff sexual misconduct and on cultures of classical music. In 2019 I was a member of the organising committee for a conference in Madison, Wisconsin (US) on Faculty and Staff Sexual Misconduct, funded by the National Science Foundation. In 2018 I hosted and organised a one-day conference, ‘Staff sexual misconduct: New research and ways forward’ at the University of Portsmouth, funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England. In 2015 I co-organised an event at Goldsmiths, University of London on sexual harassment by staff towards students in higher education.

In 2014 I organised two conferences, (links here and here) with Dr Christina Scharff from King’s College London, on critical perspectives on classical music practice. , as well as a closed workshop on abuse in music education for institutional leaders.

Before starting my PhD, I completed a BA (first class) and M.Phil in social and political sciences at Cambridge, working with Professor Georgina Born on cultures of classical music as well as a masters dissertation on political music in the UK.  My previous career was as a pianist and cellist in New Zealand and Scotland, working with a variety of ensembles and groups as a performer and music educator, including Scottish Opera, the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, the New Zealand Chamber Orchestra, and Live Music Now!.