- Sociology of agriculture; farming cultures, inequalities
- Human-animal relations; work with livestock and multi-species families
- Gender, the body and identity
- Ethnographic and feminist methods
Prior to starting my current role at the University of Leeds, I worked on a British Academy funded project at the University of Liverpool which examined the ways farmers engage with social media and how narratives of farming are communicated online.
For my PhD, I conducted research which considers the experiences and identities of women farmers. Over the last 10 years, the UK has seen a rise in women farmers and I am interested in how the shift from peripheral to professional involvement of women is changing the face of farming. By speaking to women farming land and livestock from a variety of backgrounds, ages and farm types, I explore what it means to be a farmer today.
My MA research sought to understand students' experiences of living away from their pets whilst at university and the significance of geographical separation for their identities. The field of human-animal studies has shown the role of pets as a source of support in kinship networks, but fails to challenge the assumption that pet owners live within the household that their pets are located.