I received my PhD in Applied Social Studies from the University of Warwick (UK) in 2009. I first qualified as a Diplom-Pädagogin (Social Pedagogy) at the University of Wuppertal (Germany) in 2002. Currently I am a visiting academic at Royal Holloway University London, an independent researcher and freelance trainer. My research interests include:
- Social Pedagogy in England
- The relationship between state organised and/or provided social services and citizens / service users
- The representation of parents within social policy and social work practice
At graduate level I teach study skills and research methods to social work students at Royal Holloway University London (RHUL). As a visiting academic at RHUL I also supervise master students during their dissertation and PhD students.
I am a registered social worker and have previously worked as a social worker in child protection for Coventry Children’s Services and as an advisor and advocate for the Family Rights Group in London.