Hello! I’m a multi-award winning writer, researcher and facilitator.
I’ve been working in researcher development in Australia, the UK and Ireland since 2011, spanning the arts, humanities and social sciences as well as STEM disciplines.
During my doctoral candidature, I was a Commonwealth Scholar at The University of Edinburgh, working with Professor James Smith at the Centre of African Studies and the Institute for the Study of Science, Technology and Innovation. Afterwards, I was based in the School of Social and Political Sciences at The University of Melbourne, supported by several grants and an Australian Federal Government Postgraduate Award.
My research focused on the socio-political aspects of science and innovation, particularly at the intersection of biomedicine and international development. My PhD thesis mapped and analysed the key Public-Private Partnerships in the tuberculosis vaccine research field, with a particular focus on the social structures (networks, governance, cultures and norms) of Product Development Partnerships.
After several years working in senior program roles in graduate and early career researcher development at the University of Melbourne, I returned to Edinburgh in 2014, initially as a Visiting Research Fellow in the Centre for African Studies. I now balance my freelance work with my role as the manager of the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, where in 2016 I won the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Science’s award for the Most Effective University Community Building Initiative.
I’m currently interested in research policy and researcher development, particularly as they relate to careers and identity. I’m most intrigued by the psychology and process of writing, and this has long been a personal and professional interest.
As a fiction writer, my work has been published in print and online, including short stories in anthologies from Penguin Books, and, in 2016, I was awarded a Scottish Book Trust New Writers Award. My creative practice equips me with a multifaceted understanding of ‘making words happen’, and I bring this appreciation to the workshops and training sessions I deliver.