I joined the School as a Teaching Associate in 2018 from the the University of York, where I worked as an Associate Lecturer (2016-2018) and completed my PhD (2019) 'Belonging in a Peri-urban Village: contesting social, spatial and symbolic boundaries'.
My research interests are in discourses of place, community and belonging - especially where such claims are made and contested through planning and development processes in the rural-urban fringe. I am currently attempting to write about the rural imaginaries present in popular non-fiction, and separately contributing to an research project that examines community networks and social infrastructure in the context of post-COVID urban regeneration schemes. Much of my teaching is focused on the ways in which we talk about people and places.
From February 2023, I am a Digital Learning Director for the Faculty of Social Sciences and was the Digital Teaching and Learning Lead for the School of Sociology & Social Policy between 2020 and 2023.
Policy and media discourses of place, and spatial planning processes, notions of community and belonging.
I teach primarily across undergraduate modules, as well as supervising BA and MA dissertation projects. I currently convenes two modules in the second year:
- Crime Stories: Crime, Justice and the Media (an elective)
- Research Design and Practice: Quantitative Methods (a core module).
Since 2019 I have taught across the following modules:
- Understanding Contemporary Society
- Identity in Popular Culture
- Contemporary Theories of Crime, Justice and Society
- Crimes and Harms of the Powerful
- Research Design and Practice (Qualitative)
- Research Methods and Research Management
- Researching Media, Culture and Society