Current Research

Research Strands

I am currently working on the following three areas:

  1. Scrutiny in the House of Commons. My doctoral research focused on everyday practices along the Committee Corridor of the Palace of Westminster, particularly how Members of Parliament (MPs) and parliamentary staff negotiate their everyday political world. I am interested in exploring how their daily lives and everyday pressures affect scrutiny conducted by select committees. My research is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council. A more detailed overview can be found here.Me and Bercow 2
  2. Evidence in the House of Commons. Something that draws from my doctoral research, I am increasingly spending time researching the role of ‘evidence’ in the House of Commons and what this means, especially for select committees. I am currently researching how parliamentary staff interpret the idea of ‘good evidence’ from academics, but want to focus more broadly on the interaction between universities and the House of Commons.
  3. Public Understanding of Politics. As Associate Fellow of The Crick Centre (based in the Department of Politics at The University of Sheffield), I am examining the way in which the public perceive politics. In particular, I’m involved in two research projects. First, the restoration and renewal of the Palace of Westminster (see here for details). And second, a project examining the mental health and well-being of politicians and how this is affected by public perceptions of politics.

Professional Experience

Lecturer in British Politics, Politics and International Relations, School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh

As lecturer I am currently undertaking research on the aforementioned research strands, and also support the School with its teaching needs.

Associate Fellow of the Sir Bernard Crick Centre for the Public Understanding of Politics, Department of Politics, The University of Sheffield.

In my role as Associate Fellow, I contribute to the Centre’s research activities, offer support for public engagement events, and participate in strategic meetings to discuss the Centre’s current work.

Student Representative, University Research Ethics Committee (UREC), University of Sheffield.

The UREC ensures that the University has in place an effective and efficient Ethics Review Procedure to protect the dignity, rights, safety and well-being of research participants in University-wide research. As student representative, I represent the views of doctoral students on the Committee.

Membership of Learned Societies

I am currently a member of the Political Studies Association, and the following specialist groups: (1) Interpretive Political Science; (2) Rhetoric and Politics; and (3) Parliaments and Legislatures. I am the Communications Officer for the Parliaments and Legislatures SG – you can find out a lot about what we do at our website.

I am also a member of the Study of Parliament Group.