I am a Senior Lecturer in Health and Wellbeing at The Open University, UK with an interest in how people cope with the complex life challenges thrown their way. My research is wide ranging but the driving theme is a curiosity for how people interact around issues of health, wellbeing and spirituality.
I’m particularly interested in how identity, experience and social change empower or disempower, and how people can bring about change. This has resulted in studies on ME, maternal health, parenting, gay men’s health and civil society. More recently I have been exploring the use of alternative spiritualities by individuals and organisations to enhance wellbeing. I have a particular interest in qualitative, creative and participatory research methods and have developed a technique of mapping the worlds revealed through in-depth research to aid in revealing that which is invisible in the everyday spaces around us.