Shivali is in the final stages of completing her PhD, which uses participatory action research to explore greenspace aspirations and challenge environmental injustice with disadvantaged communities in Glasgow. She has always been passionate about encouraging others to experience the physical and emotional benefits of outdoor spaces and is an experienced community worker and group facilitator.  

Her professional career has focused on developing integrated services for complex needs, in both London and Glasgow, in the fields of youth work, rough sleeping and refugee integration. Before embarking on her PhD, Shivali was the Homeless and Asylum Services Manager and part of the North East Senior Management Team for NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde.