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Email: [email protected]

Telephone: +44 (0) 121 204 3993


I joined the Department of Sociology and Policy at Aston University in March 2019. Prior to joining Aston I was at the University of Oxford (Centre for Time Use Research, Department of Sociology), and before that I worked in Australia at the University of New South Wales (2007-2011) and the Australian Insititute of Family Studies (2011-2013).

Research Interests

I mainly carry out research on time use with a particular interest in how children and parents spend time. In my recent work I have been studying changes in children's time use in the UK over four decades from the mid-1970s onwards, including changes the time they spend in screen-based activities and time using smartphones and other devices. More broadly I am interested in time use in the family, including the gender division of labour, and on studying the influence of technology on daily life. I use quantitative methods applied to the secondary analysis of survey data, particularly time use surveys, and I am interested in quantitative methods for sociology and policy research.

I welcome prospective PhD students interested in any topics in time use research.

Teaching Activity

I currently teach on the following courses:

  • Introduction to Social Theory (LK1015)
  • Research Methods (LK2025)
  • Advanced Research Methods (LK2032)

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 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Applied Social and Economic Research, University of Essex

Sept 2003Jul 2007

MA, Economics (Policy Planning and Evaluation), National University of Ireland Galway

Sept 2002Aug 2003

BA, Social and Public Policy, National University of Ireland Galway

Sept 1999May 2002


  • HM Sociology
  • Time Use Research
  • Children and Families
  • Quantitative Methods


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