My geographical interests centre on the relationships between humans, animals, public knowledge and identity, with focus on otter conservation, hunting with hounds, pet theft and animal welfare. By engaging with perceptions of nature and human-animal relations my research contributes to debates in animal geographies and human-animal studies.
After graduating with first class honours in BSc Geography from the University of Central Lancashire, I moved to the University of Nottingham, gaining an MA in Landscape and Culture in 2002, and a PhD in Human Geography in 2006. Awards from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funded both my postgraduate degrees: MA (Award No. 01/1248) and PhD (Award No. 02/63215). In 2008-2009 I became a Teaching Fellow in Human Geography at Keele University, returning in a Sessional Teaching capacity in 2012-2013, Teaching Fellow from 2013, and Lecturer from 2019.