Darren is a Senior Research Fellow based at the Institute for Health and Human Development (IHHD) (sponsored by the NIHR CLAHRC North Thames) and is also a UCLP Researcher-in-Residence based with Newham Clinical Commissioning Group Primary Care Home team.
His expertise include participatory research with children, young people and vulnerable adults to help shape, inform and influence policy and practice in public care.
During his time at IHHD he also worked as a Senior Consultant at the Institute of Public Care, Oxford Brookes University supporting Local Authority Directors to tackle the social care challenges facing children, young people and families.
Prior to his appointment at IHHD Darren was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Anglia Ruskin University Childhood and Youth Research Institute and a Development Officer at the National Youth Agency.
Darren has lectured and written widely on participatory methods for doctoral, postgraduate and undergraduate students. He is held in high-esteem by students and colleagues for his teaching, scholarship and research. His empirical work has featured in national and international media and is considered by peers to be a champion and innovator in the field of participatory research.
Darren is a member of the University Research Ethics Committee and Schools Research Sub-Degree Committee at the University of East London.
He has a rich portfolio of teaching, from undergraduates to doctoral students, at Anglia Ruskin University, Loughborough University, Nottingham Trent University and UEL. At Anglia Ruskin University he featured in the 2014-15 postgraduate prospectus as a select number of lecturers identified by the student body as being committed to achieving high standards in learning.
Darren is a highly experienced and effective communicator. He has taught and developed modules on Race, Culture and Society and Research Methods to undergraduates, postgraduates and doctoral programmes as well as championed and presented papers on greater youth involvement in health and social care research at national and international conferences.