About Us

Our team of researchers work across a range of sectors and have particular expertise in working with organisations who support and/or provide services for individuals, groups or areas with complex needs. We have completed projects with people who are, or have been:

  • engaged in the criminal justice system
  • victims of crime
  • affected by imprisonment
  • insecurely housed or living in marginalised neighbourhoods
  • educationally disadvantaged
  • facing significant financial hardship or struggling to cope with financial shocks
  • in emotional distress
  • forced to leave or who have left their country of origin

Research in this context can present a range of methodological and ethical challenges that we know well and have experience of addressing. We have expertise in engaging users of services and other partners into the research process and use innovative approaches to research wherever possible.

Our team

Dr Carlie Goldsmith – founder and senior researcher

Awarded her in Applied Social Science in 2011, Carlie worked as a senior lecturer in criminology for six years before founding the research organisation and consultancy North RTD in 2013. Over her career, Carlie has managed local, regional and national research and evaluation in criminal justice, offending, public health, community engagement, bereavement, financial capability and suicide prevention. An experienced ethnographer, Carlie is able to utilise a range of research strategies and techniques, including innovative methodologies, in the design and delivery of research and evaluation. She has particular expertise in helping organisations who support and/or provide services for individuals, groups or areas with complex needs to use research and evaluation in ways that enables them to better understand and account for the outcomes and impact of their work. Carlie has published work in relation to young people, criminal justice policy, crime and bereavement.

Philippa Murnaghan – researcher and business development lead

Philippa graduated from Sussex University with a Master’s degree in Film in 2011. She has conducted research in the areas of youth justice, disability and employment. In addition to supporting research and evaluation at North, Philippa also leads on business development.

Ali Ghanimi - senior project manager and researcher

Ali Ghanimi has fifteen years’ experience of successfully managing change in a variety of organisations. She has an MSc in Organisational Psychology, is a certified trainer with the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development and is a qualified project and programme manager (PRINCE2 and MSP). Ali is also social researcher with experience of comparative European research in the areas of childhood and children's services. Previously, Ali ran an environmental educational charity and has led and advised on many high profile, multi-million pound programmes.

You can contact the team at North RTD by emailing admin@north-rtd.co.uk