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Research Associate, University of Sheffield

I was awarded my ESRC Open Competition Human Geography doctorate from the University of Hull in 2015 for a thesis examining gender and sexualities education in English primary schools. This included ethnographic research and focus groups with children in a school which had previously participated in the 2006-2009 'No Outsiders' academic project (Atkinson and DePalma, 2009) and a school considered to be a leading exponent of Stonewall's Primary School Champions programme. Post-doctoral research in Education at the University of Hull extended these interests in childhood and youth, gender and sexualities, and inclusive education with a transnational Spencer Foundation funded study of radically inclusive schools aimed at, but not exclusive to LGBTQ+ students. From April 2020, I will be leading a British Academy/ Leverhulme funded project in partnership with the Journal of Moral Education Trust exploring the negotiation of LGBT-inclusive primary education with Professor Robert Vanderbeck (University of Leeds) and Professor Sally Hines (University of Sheffield). My current role as Research Associate on the ESRC-funded Living Gender in Diverse Times project at the University of Sheffield further extends this research by examining how young people intersectionally understand, experience, and express gender within and beyond school (at home and work, online, and in leisure spaces) in the UK today. I have also been a Research Associate based at the University of Northampton on a large, international and interdisciplinary ESRC project exploring young Brazilians' interactions with the food-water-energy nexus and I have been a Lecturer in Human Geography at the University of Brighton. I am currently an Editorial Board Member for the Children's Geographies journal.

Experience

  • 2018–present
    Research Fellow/Associate, University of Leeds/Sheffield
  • 2017–2018
    Research Associate, University of Northampton
  • 2016–2017
    Research Associate, University of Hull
  • 2015–2016
    Lecturer in Human Geography, University of Brighton
  • 2010–2015
    Human Geography Teaching Assistant, University of Hull

Education

  • 2015 
    University of Hull, PhD Human Geography
  • 2014 
    University of Hull, PGCert
  • 2009 
    University of Sheffield, MA Human Geography Research
  • 2008 
    University of Hull, BA (Hons) Geography, first class

Publications

  • 2020
    ‘The word gay has been banned but people use it in the boys’ toilets whenever you go in’: spatialising children’s subjectivities in response to gender and sexualities education in English primary schools, Social & Cultural Geography
  • 2020
    Sexual(ities that) Progress? [Guest Editorial] , Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space
  • 2020
    Teaching Geographies of Sexualities: 20 Years on [Guest Editorial], Journal of Geography in Higher Education
  • 2020
    Permissible Progress: Sexual(ities that) Progress in and beyond English Primary Schools, Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space
  • 2019
    Approaching “sensitive” topics: criticality and permissibility in research-led teaching about children, sexualities, and schooling, Journal of Geography in Higher Education
  • 2019
    [Contributions to] Celebrating Difference: a whole-school approach to LGBT+ inclusion (by Shaun Dellenty), Bloomsbury Education
  • 2018
    (Re)Conectando o nexo: percepҫão de jovens Brasileiros sobre o nexo água-energia-alimento, Educaҫão em foco
  • 2018
    ‘This feels like a whole new thing’: A case study of a new LGBTQ-affirming school and its role in developing ‘inclusions’, International Journal of Inclusive Education
  • 2018
    ‘Other spaces’ for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered and questioning (LGBTQ) students: positioning LGBTQ-affirming schools as sites of resistance within inclusive education, British Journal of Sociology of Education
  • 2018
    Lost in Translation: Naming practices and Public Feelings towards “Gay Schools” [Chapter], Youth Sexualities: Public Feelings and Contemporary Cultural Politics, Santa Barbara: Praeger (Edited by Susan Talburt)
  • 2014
    Young people and Sexuality [Guest Editorial], Global Studies of Childhood

Grants and Contracts

  • 2020
    Negotiating difference: understanding how sexual and religious British values are being negotiated in providing LGBT-inclusive primary education
    Role:
    Principle Investigator
    Funding Source:
    BA/Leverhulme Trust in partnership with JME Trust
  • 2016
    Radical Inclusivity/Exclusivity: Reconsidering ‘exclusive’ schools and their role within ‘inclusive’ education
    Role:
    With Dr Max Hope
    Funding Source:
    Spencer Foundation
  • 2009
    Open Competition Doctoral Studentship
    Role:
    Award holder
    Funding Source:
    Economic and Social Research Council

Professional Memberships

  • HEA
  • RGS-IBG