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Professional Summary:

I completed my LLB at the University of Leeds in 2017 and my MA at Nottingham in 2018. I am now studying for my PhD in Mental Health and Disability in International Law at Nottingham in partnership with the IMH (Institute of Mental Health) and the WHO (World Health Organization.) 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 on identifying the priority stakeholders' award to mental health related rights, and have assisted the WHO in updating and maintaining their online database 'MINDbank.'

Organised Events:

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. This year I hosted the annual Mental Disability Law Conference for post-graduates and early career researchers alongside Amanda Keeling of The University of Leeds.

I organize the monthly seminar series for the Centre for Mental Health and Human Rights (CMHHR) at the Institute for Mental Health. So far we have covered topics on:

  • 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;

Presentations and Conference:

I presented at the bi-annual Mental Disability Law Conference in 2018, Leeds University's Centre for Disability Studies Conference in 2019, and at the Institute for Mental Health Research Day 2019 where I was awarded best presentation in my stream by panel judges. I have also presented at postgraduate conferences including the annual Mental Disability Law ECR and postgraduate conference in 2018 and 2019.

Teaching:

I currently teach Land Law to undergraduates at the University of Nottingham.

Professional Memberships:

I am a member of the Institute for Mental Health and the Centre for Mental Health and Human Rights (CMHHR).

Expertise Summary

My research interests include advance planning, self binding (being able to state a will or preference which becomes legally enforceable after losing mental capacity,) and how advance planning can be used to benefit disabled people. Other interests include the implementation and workings of the CRPD, an alternative to mental capacity tests, disability and mental health in international law, legal autonomy and understanding 'self' from a mental health difference perspective.

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