Hello! I am a researcher of conversation and social interaction, currently working at University College London as a Research Associate in neonatal decision making, and at Loughborough University as a University Teacher/Teaching Fellow.
For other academics:
I completed my PhD in the Department of Social Sciences, supervised by Prof. Elizabeth Stokoe (2013-2016). In 2017, I received the National Communication Association-Language and Social Interaction Division award for Dissertation of the Year. I use conversation analysis to examine institutional interactions, and regularly apply my findings in CARM-based communication training. My PhD thesis examined interactions at the constituency office of UK Members of Parliament. In 2017, I also brief post-doctoral investigation into the communication practices of Health and Safety officers. In 2018, I began a post in the Neonatology department at University College London, examining neonatal decision making in doctor-parent consultations. I also work with a corpus of board game interactions, to examine the context of play and fairness, and as less service-based comparison data set.
The jargon free version:
I study how humans interact with each other, in everyday settings, and in more formal settings. My PhD looked at how we communicate with our local MPs at their constituency offices (also called ‘MP surgeries’ in the UK), and since then I have been looking at several other settings, mostly based around service consultations. I apply my research in communication training programmes, so staff can improve their practices through seeing the analysis of other real consultations (rather than hypothetical scenarios or traditional role-play). The way that we communicate affects every aspect of our daily lives, and I want to understand as much as possible about how our language and interaction affects (and creates!) the world we live in.