University of St Andrews



I joined the University of St Andrews as a lecturer in Human Geography in August 2015. I previously worked as a lecturer in Social Statistics at the Cathie Marsh Institute for Social Research at the University of Manchester where I continue to hold an honorary research fellowship. I completed my PhD in Social Statistics in 2009.


  • CALLS Hub Associate Director
  • SGSSS pathway representative for the Human Geography, Environmental and Urban Planning pathway and the Health Families, Relationships and Demographic Change pathway
  • Council member of British Society of Population Studies
  • Honorary Research Fellow (University of Manchester)
  • Member of the British Society of Gerontology
  • Member of Radical Statistics group
  • Member of British Society for Population Studies
  • Reviewer for Applied Spatial Analysis and Policy, Public Health, Sociological Research Online, Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health and Health and Place


Research Interests

My substantive research is concerned with understanding and describing social and spatial inequalities in health. My research explores how social, biological and contextual factors (from national to neighbourhood) interact to influence health across the life course and particularly in later life. Methodologically, I am involved in the development of quantitative techniques to derive small area estimates and projections of population and population characteristics (such as disability and ill health) which I have shared with local planners through the POPGROUP population projection software. More generally, I am interested in debates around population ageing and associated policy responses.


Teaching Interests

  • Health inequalities
  • Population ageing
  • Quantitative methods in social research
  • Population projections
  • Small area estimates
  • Population and the environment

Postgraduate Students