My primary research interests are on poverty (with a particular interest in children) and children’s play. I publish for academics and practitioners. I am particularly keen that my work is of use to practitioners and campaigners beyond the academy who seek to tackle poverty in Scotland, the UK and the EU. Last year, I co-edited Poverty in Scotland 2014: The Independence Referendum and Beyond (CPAG, 2014) and have published reports on poverty, regeneration for The Hunter Foundation, Joseph Rowntree Foundation and the Common Weal. I write a research column for the Scottish Anti Poverty Review and have been on Play Scotland’s Board of Directors since 1997.