About The Shaggy Dog

Iimg_8219‘m a second-time-around researcher, a lawyer, a sociologist, and now a PhD student at QUT.  I do socio-legal research and focus on the intersection of law and life.  My thesis has the grand title of The Transition to Adulthood of People with Severe Cognitive Disabilities in Australia: A Socio-Legal Examination of Adulthood and Capacity. My work explores the lived experience of this transition for parents and carers, against the background of the socio-legal construction of adulthood in Australia.

I have kids, two are my step-kids, and I work a lot from home, or between school and day program drop offs.  One of my step-kiddos is 18 and lives with profound disabilities, including severe cognitive impairment, which is how I developed an interest in this exact area.

This blog tells my research story, and on the way, a lot about my life.