Sarah is a social scientist with primary research interests focusing on social and geographical health inequalities. In exploring these issues she has experience in conducting research using multi-methods, with particular expertise in qualitative methodologies. Her research to date has been collaborative, inter-disciplinary and policy relevant. Sarah has worked with a range of different stakeholders, and with groups who may be viewed as marginalised, under-represented or under-researched, whose narratives often go unheard. For example, those with intellectual disabilities, stroke survivors, migrant workers and drug users. Sarah's research also includes working with practitioners, namely NHS, local authority and voluntary sector staff.
She was awarded her PhD in Human Geography from the University of St Andrews in 2014. This collaborative PhD, funded by NHS Fife (Scotland) Coronary Heart Disease Managed Clinical Network, was entitled “I wisnae on anyone’s list for haeing a heart attack. I thought I wis bullet proof!”- Understanding men’s and women’s experiences of and their responses to heart attack and recovery in post-industrial Fife, Scotland.”
She has experience of teaching undergraduate and postgraduate students (tutorials, lectures and fieldtrips) whilst at the Department of Geography and Sustainable Development, University of St Andrews and is guest lecturer on the Masters of Public Health programme at the University of Liverpool. Sarah also acts as co-lead co-ordinator for the Early Career Network in the Centre for the Humanities and Social Sciences of Health, Medicine and Technology (CHSSoHMT) https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/humanities-social-sciences-health-medicine-technology/about/
Prior to undertaking doctoral research, Sarah held research posts in academia and the voluntary sector in Scotland, undertaking research focusing primarily on health, wellbeing and social issues. She worked for a time as an English language teacher both within the UK and abroad. She was awarded a MSc in Applied Social Research (University of Stirling) and she graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Psychology (University of Stirling) which included a 6 month exchange at the RijksUniversitait, Groningen, Netherlands.
Currently, Sarah is employed within the Department of Public Health and Policy as a research associate within the NIHR Health Protection Research Unit in Gastrointestinal Infections where her research interests and expertise are contributing to the 'People' theme. The aim of this theme is to provide the evidence for developing national and local policy and practice to reduce inequalities in the causes and consequences of gastrointestinal (GI) infections.