I graduated from York with a BA in Archaeology in 2004. I then moved to London to join the civil service where I worked in the Ministry of Justice and the Cabinet Office for five years. After developing an interest in social policy and identifying the need for evidence-based decision making, I decided to leave London in March 2010 to complete a full-time MA in Social Research back in York.
I am currently working on a part-time PhD focusing on well-being and policy development.
Over the past decade there has been increased interest from politicians, policy makers and academics to attempt to capture, analyse and act on data on individuals’ subjective wellbeing and/or happiness. Early in its tenure, the current coalition government expressed an interest in using such data to augment traditional measurements of societal development and status – such as GDP or a Gini coefficient and resources were allocated to the Office for National Statistics to draw up a framework for measuring the wellbeing of the nation.
Now that issues of wellbeing and happiness are firmly on the political and policy agenda, I believe it is necessary to understand how potential policy solutions are being initially developed; what factors shape their development; and which individuals and groups feed into those processes.
This research project has four main aims:
Supervisor: Brian Loader
I teach on the first year undergraduate 'Introduction to Sociological Theory' course
'Blink Blink, Nudge Nudge: Behavioural economics and evidence-based policy making' at conference on 'Public Perceptions of the Social Sciences in a Contemporary Era of Unrest' 16 April 2012