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Room number: R2.Tuesdays 12.30-1.30pm or please e-mail me for an appointment



I joined the Department of Sociology in 2002 after several years in the Centre for the Study of Women and Gender at Warwick. I graduated from Durham University, have a PhD in Politics and Sociology from Leeds and I have also taught at the Universities of Manchester and Hull.

Teaching and Administration

My teaching responsibilities in 2014-15 include the second-year module Transformations: Gender, Reproduction and Contemporary Society and the taught postgraduate core module Gender, Imperialism and International Development. I convene the MA Gender and International Development, I am the undergraduate First Year Exam Secretary and I am also part of the department's Senior Tutoring team.

Doctoral Supervision

I have supervisory expertise in the following areas: gender and development; fair/ethical trade; gender and migration; gender and reproduction. If you are interested in discussing PhD supervision please e-mail me with details of your proposed topic, research questions, methodology and contribution to the literature:

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Research Interests

My research originated in gender and development / gender and migration, with a PhD on gender and migration in Lesotho, Southern Africa ('Unemployment, Migration and Changing Gender Relations in Lesotho') that looked particularly at female singlehood in urban space (University of Leeds, 1994). Papers 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 most 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 2007 my interest in 'ethical shopping' led to a cross-faculty collaboration with Annette Muetze in the Engineering department at the University, looking at consumer demand (or lack thereof) for greener energy consumption. Our particular focus was on ground source heat-pump technology being developed in Engineering and elsewhere, that could both reduce carbon emissions and cut household fuel bills. This collaborative research was funded through a University of Warwick Institute of Advanced Study award.

Also in 2007 I was awarded a Reinvention Centre for Undergraduate Research Fellowship to evaluate Sociology's Professional Skills programme, which introduces research skills to first-year undergraduates. Further details can be found via the link to the Fellowship on the right.

You can look at my publications in more detail, as well as my cv, by following the links above. Here you will also find details of my PhD supervision in the fields of gender and development / feminist studies.

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