PhD Candidate in Social Policy, University of Kent
I am a final year ESRC-funded PhD Candidate in Social Policy interested in the links between social benefit policies and mental health. In particular, I am concerned with how social benefit policies impact on social inequalities in mental health.
I became interested in this topic originally through my professional experience working in social care and local government. Since then I have applied an academic perspective to the question.
I also have interests in current issues in social policy such as the rise in food bank usage and associated food insecurity and have published on this (see below)
Did Food Insecurity rise across Europe after the 2008 Crisis? An analysis across welfare regimes., Social Policy & Society (2017)
The evidence suggests that the UK, among other high-income countries, is in the midst of a mental health crisis. A recent report by the Mental Health Network, found that 19% of adults had been diagnosed with depression at...