Rachel graduated from Derby University in 2010 with a First-Class BA (Hons) Degree in Applied Youth Work. She had twenty years’ experience of supporting people, both with vulnerable adults in a charitable setting before moving into a safeguarding setting within a Local Authority as a Senior Practitioner and Lead Worker for sexually exploited young people.
Rachel returned to academia in 2016 to begin a PhD within Human Geography and Social Policy under the supervision of Professor Jo Aldridge and Dr Louise Holt.
From 2017-2019, she also chaired the CRCC seminar series at Loughborough University.
In December 2018, she joined the Red Project as Marketing Assistant and Panellist Chair which, through a series of films and art, challenged the stereotypes around sex work and discrimination.
Rachel's research involves exploring the range of support for sexually exploited young women to reduce their entry into adult street sex work. She is particularly interested in the transition period between youthhood and adulthood and the ranges of support between this period for sexually exploited young women.
The mains areas of interest for the research are: family and attachments, social capital and networks, and support and interventions.
She is a member of the Royal Geographical Society, British Sociological Association and the Social Policy Association.