Vanessa joined Substance to take on a lead role in the development and application of quantitative research methods. Previously, Vanessa worked as a researcher in the Universities of Manchester and Sheffield. Her background and expertise in Psychology (BSc (Hons) Psychology & Neuroscience and MSc in Organisational Psychology) has given Vanessa a wide range of experience of conducting research amongst disadvantaged groups. Previous positions working in mental health and substance misuse services drives her goal to work with organisations who aim to improve people’s quality of life. Vanessa found this at Substance in the many sports for development organisations she now works with. Vanessa will bring particular skills in designing quantitative data collection tools appropriate to the target audiences, identifying trends in the data, conducting statistical analysis and data modelling.
The role Quantitative Researcher and Data Analyst at Substance caught my eye because of the opportunity it gave me to conduct research a non-academic environment (for the practical benefit of organisations that help society) as well as working alongside organisations who aim to improve people’s quality of life.
Substance is a unique company, and I love the variety of the projects and clients we work with; from sea fishing to lifeboat volunteers, to cricket – it never gets boring and I’m always learning something new. Outside of work I enjoy running, cycling, the many food and drink hotspots of Manchester, as well as the occasional dance music festival.