Rachel has an academic background in social anthropology, sociology and social work and long experience of teaching at university level. Her PhD work looked at gender and development and was based on long-term ethnographic fieldwork in Ghana. Rachel is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Rachel is a registered social worker and has a practice background in social work with children, young people and families.

Rachel is currently Course Director for MA Social Work and Lead for the Professional Doctorate in Social Work at Keele.

Research and scholarship

Rachel’s current research interests are in social work, with particular reference to domestic violence and to migration and identity.


Rachel currently teaches human growth and development and key concepts from the social sciences at BA level and life course development at MA level. 

Rachel also teaches in the area of social work with children and families on the BA and MA programmes. Additionally, Rachel teaches social work research and research methodology at undergraduate level and pilot studies at doctoral level. Rachel supervises master’s dissertations and professional doctorates in social work.


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