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Professional Summary:

I completed my Law LLB at the University of Leeds and my MA at the University of Nottingham. I am now studying for my PhD in Mental Health and Disability in International Law at Nottingham funded by the Institute of Mental Health. I am supervised by Professor Peter Bartlett and Professor John Holmwood.

Research Projects:

I have done research on behalf of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Committee (CRPD) on jurisprudence for a flagship report on achieving the sustainable development goals (SDG); I have worked on the PHRAME project with Dr Petra Gronholm, on prioritising the rights of persons with mental health difference for the purposes of stakeholder implementation; and have assisted the World Health Organisation in updating and maintaining their online database 'MINDbank.'

Events:

I co-organise the PGR seminar day on 'Mental Disability Law' in partnership with the biennial Mental Disability Law Conference at the Institute for Mental Health, with Dr Amanda Keeling. In 2020 we hosted the event online and organised a plenary session on 'COVID-19 and Mental Health Law' with Professor Jill Stavert, Dr Julie Gosling and Jasmyne Senior.

I have previously organised a monthly seminar series for the Centre for Mental Health and Human Rights at the Institute for Mental Health, where we covered the following topics:

  • Addiction, Causes, Consequences and Societies Responses (co-organised with Ms Danielle Watson;)
  • "Workfare Conditionality and Benefits Terrorism - a Kill or Cure Alembic?" on the welfare system, austerity and its impact on mental health;
  • "A panel session on good practice when researching people with disabilities and people with mental health difference;"
  • 'Mental Health on the Front Lines,' a look into Nottingham's Police Street Triage Team and their impact on the treatment of people with mental health difference;

I have hosted panel sessions for the Leeds Access Committee on Disability Law and Social Care Inadequacies and hosted a select committee panel session for Women and Equalities on the topic of 'Spared Space' with Professor Anna Lawson at the University of Leeds.

Presentations and Conference:

  • I won an award for the best presentation in my stream at the Institute of Mental Health Research Day in 2019
  • In 2018 and 2019 I presented at the postgraduate Mental Disability Law research seminar day
  • In 2018 I presented at and chaired panel sessions at the 'Mental Disability Law' Conference

I am also due to present at the 2021 Socio-Legal Studies Association.

Teaching:

I taught Land Law to undergraduates at the University of Nottingham in 2019.

Professional Memberships:

I am a member of the Mental Diversity Law Network, the Centre for Mental Health and Human Rights and the Social Legal Studies Association.

Publications:

I published a blog article for the Mental Disability Law Network titled 'A PhD Student's Honest Guide to Conducting Qualitative Mental Health Research for the First Time':

https://institutemh.org.uk/mentaldiversitylawnetwork/blog/a-phd-student-s-honest-guide-to-conducting-qualitative-mental-health-research-for-the-first-time-3-top-tips-i-wish-i-had-known-sooner

I co-authored a blog post for the Open Justice Court of Protection Project titled 'Seven Perspectives on a Court of Protection hearing' with Celia Kitzinger:

https://openjusticecourtofprotection.org/2020/07/01/seven-perspectives-on-a-court-of-protection-hearing/

I am also a co-author for an forthcoming article with Dr Petra Gronholm on the findings of the PHRAME project.

Expertise Summary

My research interests include advance planning, self binding and the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. I am also interested in disability and mental health in international law, legal autonomy and understanding 'self' from a mental health perspective.

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