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I am an applied microeconomist at the Fraser of Allander Institute in the department of economics. I joined Strathclyde after completing my PhD in economics at American University in 2022. I am currently engaged in research into the Scottish and UK social security systems, immigration, labour market, and household income and wealth, with a focus on the effects of public policy.

At present, I am particularly interested in the relationship between immigration and the social care sector in the UK. This interest encompasses the effects of immigration policy on the sector, the role of social care work in the labour market trajectories of immigrants, and strategies to recruit and retain immigrants as social care worker. Building on past work at the Fraser, I also have an ongoing interest in the relationship between health inequalities and economic inactivity, methods to track progress towards Scottish statutory targets for child poverty, the design and effectiveness of active labour market policy in Scotland, and the viability of wealth taxes as a means of funding social security reforms in a UK context.

I welcome opportunities to discuss or collaborate on the above with researchers from academic or other institutions.

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 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Economics, American University

Award Date: 8 May 2022

Master of Arts, Economics, American University

Award Date: 31 Dec 2018

Bachelor of Arts, Economics, University of Cincinnati

Award Date: 30 Apr 2016

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