Associate Professor, Sociology
Convenor: MA Gender and International Development
Senior Exam Secretary
U/Grad Dissertations Convenor
Tel: 44(0)2476 524842
Room: D0.18 (Social Sciences)
Week 1 onwards: 1.30-2,30 Tuesdays; 12-1pm Thursdays
I joined the Department in 2002 after several years in the Centre for the Study of Women and Gender at Warwick. My BA in Sociology and Economics is from Durham University, my PhD in Politics/Development Studies is from Leeds and I have also taught at the Universities of Manchester and Hull. My teaching and research interests are in gender studies, including gender and development and gender and reproduction, and my most recent work is on fair trade / ethical consumption.
In 2018-19 I will be teaching my second-year undergraduate module Transformations: Gender, Reproduction and Parenting in Contemporary Society in the Autum term (15 CATS revised version - note this change as it was originally scheduled for the Spring term) and my first-year undergraduate module International Perspectives on Gender in the Spring term. I will also be convening the final year Dissertation module across the academic year. At taught postgraduate level I will be teaching the first core module for the MA Gender and International Development in the Autumn term, Gender, Imperialism and International Development. See my Module Talks on the LHS menu.
In 2018-19 I am the Senior Exam Officer for Undergraduate Students, as well as the convenor of the MA Gender and International Development, convenor of the Undergraduate Dissertation and URSS departmental co-ordinator.
To date I have co-supervised 13 PhDs to successful completion, with no referrals.
My research originated in gender and development / gender and migration, with a PhD on gender and migration in Lesotho, Southern Africa that looked particularly at female singlehood in urban space (University of Leeds, 1994). Articles based on this research have been published in Review of Southern African Studies; Development and Change and Indian Journal of Gender Studies. My interest in household forms and their relationship to the state was then pursued in a UK context via the edited collection Changing Family Values (Routledge, 1999). Following our role as lead organisers of the Women's Studies Network (UK) conference, hosted by the Centre for the Study of Women and Gender at Warwick in July 1999, Joanna Liddle and I edited a special double issue of Women's Studies International Forum as a conference volume. This proposed an analytical framework of materialist discursive feminism, seeking to synthesis feminist approaches which synthesise materiality and those which privilege culture. My more recent work on fair/ethical trade has pursued this concern to link the material and the cultural in empirical analysis. An article in Journal of International Development (2004, 16:5) offers one of the first analyses of fair-trade advertising, drawing on debates in the sociology of consumption to ask what happens when Cafedirect coffee is marketed precisely to draw attention to the social relations underpinning its production and exchange. A joint-authored article in the new BSA journal Cultural Sociology (2007, 1:2) applies Nancy Fraser's twin conceptualisation of (in)justice, economic and cultural, to the struggle for ethical trade in Colombia's cut-flower industry. A chapter on fair-trade food, which analyses its production and consumption both in the context of globalisation and within a tradition of theorising food as both material and symbolic good, is in the collection Food and Globalization (2010, Berg, edited by Inglis and Gimlin).
In 2010 I decided to prioritise my teaching and administrative activities and changed my contract accordingly, so my research activities have lessened considerably.
- (2010) 'Fair Trade Food: Connecting Producers and Consumers', in D. Inglis and D. Gimlin (Eds.) Food and Globalization, Oxford, NY: Berg, pp. 139-157. The draft text is available here
- (2008) 'Labor: Migration' in John Middleton (Editor in Chief) and Joseph C. Miller (Editor) New Encyclopedia of Africa, Vol. 3, Detroit: Charles Scribner's Sons, pp. 183-185
- (2007) with Gilma Madrid 'Contesting Fair Trade in Colombia's Cut-Flower Industry: A Case of Cultural and Economic Injustice', Cultural Sociology, Vol. 1, No. 2, pp. 255-275
- (2004) 'Consuming Lives, Consuming Landscapes: Interpreting Advertisements for Cafedirect Coffees', Journal of International Development, Vol. 16, No. 5, pp. 665-680