I was born in Edinburgh in the late eighties and spent my early twenties in London studying performing arts and community engagement. In 2009 I completed an honours degree in Theatre Studies and in 2010, I completed my Masters by research in Applied Theatre (Drama in the community and education) at The University of London. I have had many occupations (teacher/ actor, stage manager, arts practitioner, landscape gardener, events manager, restaurateur…) I finally moved back to Edinburgh in 2012. On my return I began running a restaurant and transformed it in to an organic social enterprise, winning Scottish Sustainable Restaurant of the Year in 2014 before beginning my Ph.D research later that year.
I completed my Ph.D at The University of Edinburgh in December 2017 (you can read about my research here). This research focused on the self in natural landscapes. I am currently researching as an independent researcher and working on projects looking at gender, nature and wellbeing, queer nature and darkness. My work sits across social research and social policy, gender, queer activism, feminism and outdoor wellness and wellbeing. I am a transdisciplinary, ethnographic, social researcher and I am the Policy Coordinator for Scotland’s leading LGBTI social policy charity, Equality Network. Check out Equality Network’s work here