Dr Lisa Clarke, having previously worked for SPRC as part-time lecturer and researcher, was recently appointed as fixed term researcher to work on various projects until next summer. Lisa is also involved in running SPRC’s NVivo CPD courses, and thus has considerable experience teaching research methods and the use of computer software to analyse quantitative and qualitative data. Her research interests and publications are on ‘race’ and ethnicity, community planning and civic participation, citizenship and democracy, and environmental and social justice. Lisa has much community development and project experience, coordinating environmental education projects in Southern Africa, working for a local authority in the UK to develop sustainability initiatives with the community and voluntary sector and evaluating the participatory budgeting process of health-related projects in deprived neighbourhoods. At SPRC, Lisa is involved in a major research project on whistleblowing procedures in the NHS and she has recently contributed to health inequalities in accessing healthcare and community needs assessment projects in the centre. Lisa is looking forward to continuing her engagement in the knowledge transfer activities of SPRC.