Becky is a Research Fellow in the Department of Social Work and Social Care in the School of Social Policy. She is currently working on the NIHR funded project “Why are we stuck in hospital?” with Prof. Jon Glasby and Prof. Robin Miller, investigating why many people with learning disabilities and/or autism are long-term hospital inpatients instead of living in less restrictive, community-based settings.
Her previous research covers health and environmental policy, combining both Geography and Social Policy disciplinary approaches. Becky’s projects investigate how multi-actor networks identify, commission, organise and deliver services in unique contexts, and how relational dynamics in those networks impact service provision and equality of access. She is particularly interested in how the third sector supports health and wellbeing in partnership with statutory services: previous work investigated the contribution of the voluntary sector to supporting people in mental health crisis, and she has investigated how cross-sector networks and policy experiments address issues around urban sustainability.
Becky is committed to co-producing research and has worked closely with service users, co-operatives, voluntary sector organisations and local and national government throughout her research career.