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 life and economic change; social reproduction, care, ethics 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 and Reader in 2020. I am also a member of the Morgan Centre for Research into Everyday Lives and Manchester Urban Institute. From 2019-2020 I held an ISRF Political Economy Research Fellowship on the theme of reproduction and austerity. In February 2021 I begin a UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship on the theme of Austerity and Altered Lifecourses, a 4+ year project across the UK, Spain and Italy.
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 and Gender and Feminist Geographies 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.
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, Oldham Council, RECLAIM, Oxfam, and LGBT Foundation.
I 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).
I also try to be an advocate for PhD and Early Career colleagues, and I am fortunate to supervise across the North West. From Jan 2019-Sept 2020 I was also the PGR Human Geography Discipline Co-Ordinator, as well as the departmental representative for the Geography and Environment Pathway of the North West Social Science DTP.