Susan has wide experience in writing policy reviews, think pieces, reports, journal articles, book chapters, government guidance and evaluation reports. She has developed implementation resources, charters and manifestos, organisational plans and strategies. This work is undertaken in conjunction with policy, research and development activities.


Susan has extensive experience as a policy analyst and campaigner with a focus on children and young people’s human rights. She has explored children’s participation, advocacy and justice, poverty, looked after children, education and child protection as well as rights-based approaches to services. Susan previously taught Masters’ courses in children’s rights, law and policy at the University of Edinburgh.


Susan has a background in academic and NGO research and has led research programmes to inform policy and practice. This has included qualitative research with adults and children as well as desk-based research. She co-developed an innovative suite of CPD courses on research with children at the University of Edinburgh. Her PhD research explored children’s views on childhood in children’s books.

Susan is experienced in historical research and undertook a review of historical attitudes to childhood for the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry. She also researches archive and original sources for her fictional work.


Susan has 30 years’ experience supporting organisations, committees and networks. This has included facilitating strategic planning, programme development, supporting national networks, leading steering groups, team building and exploring governance and engagement.

Susan has chaired national organisations such as Together (Scottish Alliance for Children’s Rights) and advisory committees. She regularly facilitates conferences, workshops and events.