I have worked in the public/community sector for the last 20 years, primarily in social housing, where I held a number of community development positions. My work centred on community engagement and capacity-building in some of the most challenging and disadvantaged wards in the UK – the goal being to assist people to access opportunities in terms of skills, employment and education, housing, greenspace and neighbourhood renewal. I was also a voluntary board member of a local social enterprise for 10 years.
My PhD research will explore to what extent notions and claims that active participation in community growing projects can lead to transformative outcomes for individuals and communities. The view that being grounded or rooted in a ‘local landscape’ can also lead to individuals reaching some greater level of potential or ‘flourishing’, will also be examined.
- BA Hons Literature , Life and Thought – University of Lancaster (Liverpool Polytechnic) 1989
- MA Cultural Studies – University of Lancaster 1990
- MA European Union Studies – University of Lancaster (Edge Hill College of Higher Education) 1997