I studied law as an undergraduate at the University of Kent, and then criminology as a postgraduate at the University of Sheffield. After some work in the voluntary and community sector in Sheffield, I returned to law school and qualified as a solicitor. I then practised for more than 20 years as a housing lawyer in private practice, for local government but mainly in law centres.
During my time in practice I continued to study and took a postgraduate Diploma in Women's Studies at what was then Sheffield Polytechnic, and an MA in Housing Studies from the University of York, as well as various short courses with the Open University and the Workers' Educational Association.
In 2005 I changed career and came to work at Sheffield Hallam University. At first my main focus was on teaching housing law at both undergraduate and postgraduate level but I now teach more widely within the department.
I teach on the Geographies of the City module, and am particularly interested in gentrification.
I teach on undergraduate and postgraduate modules in geography, planning and regeneration.
As well as teaching at SHU, I also am a freelance trainer on housing law providing training for social landlords, for advice workers and for lawyers.
I am a Regional Board member of the Chartered Institute of Housing, and a member of the Law Society