I was born in South Africa, grew up in Botswana, completed my PhD in Australia, and now call Bath (UK) home.
I believe in cultivating connection, and work to do the kind of person-centred research that begins to better hold space for the uncomfortable, messy, and difficult questions that the sporting world (and beyond) is currently grappling with – for kinder, more nuanced, and more inclusive outcomes.
I am committed to research and practice that works with the inherent complexity of people and societies, rather than controlling for it, or writing it out. This translates to research, policy, and advocacy in the multifaceted areas of:
i) the prevention of unintentional and intentional injury in sport,
ii) women’s inclusion in sport (including trans women), and
iii) the recognition and respect of athlete voice
I work on these issues by drawing on complexity theory, implementation-science informed approaches, and by using qualitative methods. My work pays intentional, active attention to the recognition of child and human rights.
This is a commitment that underpins my work as a Prize Research Fellow in Sports Injury Prevention in the Department for Health at the University of Bath, and as Co-Director of the Centre for Qualitative Research at Bath. I also serve as the Deputy-Director for Equality and Diversity in the Department for Health.
I am an Early Career Representative for the International Society for Qualitative Research in Sport and Exercise, and am affiliated with the international Complex System Approach in Sport and Health collaboration.
I received the 2019 British Journal of Sports Medicine Editor’s Choice Academy Award for my PhD research.