I am a part-time Research Fellow working on the project: Assessing the impacts on people and communities following the December 2015/January 2016 flood events. This project involves conducting interviews with individuals directly and indirectly affected by recent flooding in two case study areas of Aberdeenshire, Ballater and the Garioch area (Port Elphinstone and Kintore in particular).
My research background has provided a variety of opportunities to explore my area of interest in Health and General Well-being (with particular interest in rural areas) from various disciplinary stances. I recently completed my PhD project in Human Geography and Human Computer Interaction (a field in Computing Science), which involved designing technology for largely housebound older adults living in rural areas, to improve opportunities for engagement with activities in the local community. Prior to this, I completed my MSc in International Health and Management, which led to a short voluntary project exploring the use of private and public health care facilities (maternal health) in rural areas of Nepal. My undergraduate degree is in Sociology.
I have undertaken Research Assistant roles in the department of Epidemiology (2010-2011) and a shoter-term role through The James Hutton Institute (2014), which involved conducting focus groups with school children to design an appropriate technology (called Bodbot) for gathering data about children's diets.
I am currently working on a project investigating the long-term impacts of flooding.