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Academic Biography

I am a first year PhD Researcher in the Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work pathway. My PhD is funded by the ESRC via the NINE DTP scholarship. My research is investigating the dark side of image-enhancement. I am examining the crimes and harms of cosmetic injectables, including Botox and dermal fillers, and associated markets. I am exploring systems of supply and cultures of demand of cosmetic injectables in offline and online contexts via offline and online ethnographic research. 

I also work part-time as a Project Co-Manager and Research Associate in Public Health. I manage and work on several research projects, simultaneously.

I have a strong background and reputable track record in research. I possess 7.5 years of experience as an inter-disciplinary social researcher in academia - working across the disciplines of Anthropology, Criminology, Public Health, Sociology and Social Policy - and the third-sector.  

I have worked as lead researcher on a diverse range of internally and externally funded research projects including the European Commission, the National Lottery Community Fund, the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR), and the Clinical Research Network (CRN).

I hold a BSc (Hons) in Sociology with Psychology from Teesside University, an MA in Social Anthropology from the University of Manchester and a PGCert in Research Training from Newcastle University. 

I am also a peer-reviewer for several academic journals.

Summary of Research Interests

Consumer Culture

Cosmetic Procedures


Deviant Leisure

Digital Technologies


Human Smuggling

Human Trafficking

Image and Performance Enhancing Drugs 

Illicit Markets

Late Capitalism

Online Research Methods

Public Health

Social Anthropology


Social Harm

Social Media

Education/Academic qualification

Master, University of Manchester

Award Date: 27 Jun 2016

Bachelor, Teesside University

Award Date: 18 Sep 2013


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