On the side, I'd been running a family history research service and was exposed to the very real impact of nineteenth and twentieth century precarious employment on the British ancestors of my clients. My academic brain was telling me it wanted to know more. After a Master's in English Local History at Oxford specialising in the Victorian and Edwardian working classes, I decided to stay on to do a PhD. It seemed a natural move to combine my interest in this period with precarious work and migration experiences.
And so my DPhil research was born.
Since finishing my PhD, I continue to run my genealogy business, Ancestories, and carry out freelance research for private and media clients. I am now based in Copenhagen, Denmark, where I've found a home as a foreign migrant from Brexit Britain. I work for the University of Copenhagen as a postdoc and continue to be involved in international academic networks while (trying!) to write up my PhD research.
Photo credits: Robert Scoble and Bill Brandt