University of St Andrews



After graduating with a First Class BSc (Hons) in Geography from the University of Dundee in 2004, I worked as a researcher on an ESRC/Scottish Executive project on Demographic Trends in Scotland. Following this I undertook an MSc in Applied Population Geography at the University of Dundee, graduating with Distinction in 2006. After this I undertook an ESRC funded PhD entitled: Revolving doors, (un)sustainable employment and multiple work-welfare transitions, graduating in 2010 as well as an ESRC funded Internship with the Office of the Chief Researchers in the Scottish Government. I then worked on research projects for the ESRC Centre for Population Change (labour market aspects of East-Central European migration to the UK), the UK Government Office for Science (environmental mobility) and the Centre for Housing Research at the University of St Andrews (intergenerational justice and family welfare). I have been lecturing in Geography at the University of St Andrews since September 2012.

My research and teaching interests centre on issues relating to migration, labour markets and welfare and mixed methods research. I have published widely on topics such as labour migration, labour market dynamics and welfare state restructuring and have a commitment to engaging non-academic audiences in my research.



  • Senior Honours (BSc) Advisor
  • 4th year co-ordinator (DGSD)
  • Joint module coordinator: Migration and Transnationalism Honours level module
  • Galway field trip coordinator 




Research Interests

  • The welfare state

  • Labour market change

  • Labour migration


Teaching Interests

  • Migration
  • Labour markets
  • Welfare states
  • Mixed methods research 


Postgraduate Students

  • Ilinca Bajenaru
  • Esther Lew