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 2016 (CPAG, 2016) and this year I have published several works on GCU’s Caledonian Club. Together with Professor Stephen Sinclair, I co-direct the Scottish Poverty and Inequality Research Unit (SPIRU), now active, but to be formally launched in the Autumn of 2017. I write a research column for the Scottish Anti Poverty Review and have been on Play Scotland’s Board of Directors since 1997.