Kaz is principal lecturer in the Department of Health, Psychology and Social Science at the University of Cumbria leading undergraduate and postgraduate work in youth and community work, mental health, cognitive behaviour therapy and work with children, young people and families. As Associate Professor for Child, Adolescent and Family Studies Kaz supports interdisciplinary practice based research within and between organisations and promotes the use of socially just research methods.
Kaz also has a keen interest in evidencing the impact of youth work in ways that contribute to the young person as much as the organisation using participatory and creative methods. Kaz is a member of the steering group of the Collaborative Action Research Network, a quality assurer for the Foyer Federation and works closely with Brathay Research Hub and the Centre for Youth Impact. Kaz leads the Child, Adolescent, Family and Community Research Hub and the Participatory Action Research and Creative Methods Hub in the Learning Education and Development Research Centre at the University of Cumbria.
Kaz has a wide professional background including primary, secondary and higher education teaching, youth work, social care, outdoor education, and research all as a practitioner, manager and leader.