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Last updated 18th April 2024


I am an urban social researcher with over 8 years of experience in practical research in both the UK and Latin America working with communities, children, young people and related stakeholders in all professional, academic and voluntary roles. 

My research sits at the interplay of studies on Children's Geographies, Urban Studies and the Geographies of Happiness and Wellbeing.  My doctoral research studied children and young people's socio-cultural understandings and experiences of urban happiness and well-being in urban environments. Further research had foused on exploring the social experiences within the urban, natural and housing spaces, drawing links with dimension of wellbeing and urban resilience. I have done this by examining the roles of diverse actors in shaping the urban and natural landscapes, and their corresponding effects on young people's everyday lives, quality of life, wellbeing and social happiness. 

My research expertise encompasses roles in both academia and agency research within social and commercial projects with an array of industries. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Urban Childhoods
  • Urban Wellbeing
  • Urban Happiness
  • Children's Geographies
  • Children and young people perspective of the urban environment
  • Children and Youth


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