Professor of Law and Society, University of Birmingham

Professor Rosie Harding's research explores the place of law in everyday life. Her primary interests are in family law, particularly the regulation and recognition of caring and intimate relationships. She uses social science methods including both qualitative and quantitative approaches to empirical research to investigate the place of law in everyday life, including everyday understandings of law and legal discourse. Her work is grounded in feminist legal theory and gender, sexuality and law, and has been supported by research grants from the AHRC, ESRC and the British Academy. Her current research is focused on the relationship between mental capacity and legal capacity in the context of everyday decisions made by people with intellectual disabilities. Her forthcoming monograph, Duties to Care: Dementia, Relationality and Law (2017, Cambridge University Press) explores carers’ experiences of the regulatory frameworks surrounding dementia care. Her broader research interests are in the gender, sexuality and law field, and also include human rights, discrimination and equality, and socio-legal research methodology. Her first book, Regulating Sexuality, won the 2011 Hart-SLSA Book Prize and Early Career Prize. She is Chair of the Socio-Legal Studies Association (SLSA).

Experience

  • –present
    Professor of Law and Society, University of Birmingham