Current PhD Research:

Exploring the (Causal) Relationships between Severe Mental Illness (SMI) & Employment Outcomes in Scotland

My PhD project is an ESRC-funded project through the Advanced Quantitative Methods stream and based in the ESRC’s Scottish Centre for Administrative Data Research (SCADR). I’m based in the dept. of Urban Studies in the University of Glasgow and I’m supervised by Prof. Nick Bailey and Dr. Jo Ferrie


The aim of this project is to provide a richer understanding of how poor mental health, namely Severe Mental Illness (SMI), such as psychosis, can shape the employment prospects for individuals in Scotland throughout their lifespan: how poor health may lead to employment loss or hinder the return to employment for those out of work. It will be based primarily on the quantitative causal analysis of longitudinal data on individual health and employment histories, constructed from administrative datasets from around Scotland.

Previous Research

My previous research has included; 

  • Exploring experiences of stress, burn-out, and support systems for individuals volunteering in mental health based settings.

  • Cross-country reviews and evaluations of Randomised Controlled Trials (RCTs) of child maltreatment and abuse interventions for caregiver recidivism. 

  • Participant-led explorations of wellbeing behaviours after receiving a benefit sanction, while living with a 'Severe' mental health condition. 

Publications & Data

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Find my open data and materials on my GitHub page. 

Public Engagement, #SciComm, & Media

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