I am always keen to share the findings of my PhD research with wider audiences and to discuss issues surrounding gender in UK agriculture. Feel free to drop me an email if your group would be interested to hear from me! Here are a selection of my public engagement activities with children, farmers and theatre-goers so far:
East Riding Theatre, October, 2019
'Then and Now' Q&A
I took part in a Q&A following the production of Horseshoes for Hand Grenades at East Riding Theatre on 3rd October. Building on the themes within the performance and my PhD research, this was an opportunity to reflect on the changing roles of women in rural life and farming since WWI. More information can be found here.
NFU Mid Norfolk meeting, March 2019
'The Sociology of Women in Farming'
I was invited to speak at a farmer discussion group in Norfolk about my PhD research, its rationale and findings. This was followed by discussion about generational differences between the position of women farmers and future strategies to support gender equality in farming.
'Beyond Old MacDonald Had a Farm: Challenging a Gendered Field'
At this event, non-specialists and local schoolchildren engaged with my research. Using an interactive display, I invited them to envisage what a farmer is like based on any farmers they knew personally or representations in popular culture. Using images of farmers in children’s books, I raised questions about the ways that farmers and farm work are depicted.
Why Women are Taking Centre Field in Farming, The Conversation, July 2017
Available at: https://theconversation.com/why-women-are-taking-centre-field-in-farming-73932