My research sits in the broad field of geographical feminist political economy: understanding how socio-economic processes are shaped by gender relations, lived experience and social difference. My research interests and contributions can be boiled down to three key areas: everyday family life and economic change; ethics, care and consumption; and feminist praxis.
I came to the University of Manchester in October 2012 as a Hallsworth Research Fellow in Political Economy. In September 2015 I took up the position of Lecturer in Human Geography and was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2018. I am also a member of the Morgan Centre for Research into Everyday Lives and Manchester Urban Institute. From 2019-2020 I will be undertaking an ISRF Political Economy Research Fellowship on the theme of fertility and austerity. For more information see my profile on the ISRF website.
Since January 2019 I have been the Human Geography PGR Discipline Co-ordinator for the Geography Department, and the ESRC NWSSDTP Geography and Environment Pathway institutional representative.
In addition to my academic position, I am also Co-Editor of Area, a member of the Geoforum Editorial Board, a member of the Department for Work and Pensions Methods Advisory Group, a committee member of the Economic Geography Research Group of the Royal Geographical Society, and a member of the Management Committee of the Women's Budget Group, an international network of feminist researchers, policy experts and activists. You can see me discussing my role in the WBG's analysis of the March 2014 budget in a short film here.
I have also acted as an Academic Advisor to Ethical Consumer Magazine (2011-2012), and since 2014 have provided research expertise and training to a number of organisations including Shelter, Citizens Advice, Oxfam, and LGBT Foundation.
I also have a keen interest in research ethics, and I teach, research and publish on this subject. I have also held a number of related service roles at discipline, school and University level, including University Research Ethics Committee 2 member (2014-2019), Chair of School Ethics Committee (2016-2018), Ethics Signatory, School of Environment, Education and Development (2015-2019) and Geography Dissertation Ethics Officer (2014-2018).