Michelle is a post-doctoral researcher in the Department of Social Sciences. Michelle’s research focuses on the role of children within military environments, in both national and international contexts. In particular, Michelle has conducted research around the protection of children in theatres of armed conflict and sexual violence in the military. In 2018, Michelle was awarded the Political Studies Association’s inaugural Shirin M Rai Prize for best PhD thesis in International Relations and a Winston Churchill Fellowship for her work ‘Encountering Children on the Battlefield’.
Since joining Edge Hill, Michelle has worked on a number of projects aimed at preventing the abuse of children in sport and working with survivors of childhood sexual abuse. Her current work involves working with survivors of sexual abuse to develop survivor-led training and education, a sexual violence prevalence study, and an exploration of sporting opportunities available to Service (Military) children.
Michelle also serves as an academic expert on the Football Association’s Survivors Support and Safeguarding Advisory Group.