Hello and welcome!

After starting this blog in 2015, it has evolved from a diary of my postgraduate experience to an exploration of how snippets of everyday life and popular culture can link to wider social issues. 

I was lucky enough to grow up on a farm in Norfolk with a menagerie of pets whereby I developed a passion for animals and agriculture. These are now embedded in my academic work as I aim to challenge assumptions about rural lives and human-animal relations through my research and blog.

I have a PhD in Sociology from the University of York. My research examined the experiences of women farming in England. I am a qualitative social scientist with expertise in gender studies and who enjoys working with farmers to understand rural cultures of work, identities and inequalities. You can find out more about my current and previous research here I have 3 years+ experience of teaching in higher education and I currently work as a Research Fellow in the School of Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Leeds.