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Scholarly biography

I am a feminist and queer geographer interested in everyday and embodied relationships with digital technology. I use emotional geographical frameworks to understand how power operates in and through digital spaces, platforms and devices. My research and teaching are focused on the following areas:

  • Embodied and emotional approaches to digital geographies, exploring how people are learning to live with digital platforms and technologies, including dating apps, social media, smart phones and big data.  
  • The geographies of genders and sexualities, including LGBTQ+ experiences, spaces and equalities.  
  • Changing geographies of masculinities, and contemporary issues around men and emotion, care and work.

Inequality, marginalisation and power are key themes in my research exploring the politics of embodied feeling and sensation. I use qualitative methods that include interviews, focus groups, participant diaries and art and creativity.

Approach to teaching

I use a diverse range of methods in my teaching practice – discussion, debate, workshops, research and reflection – and I encourage students to think critically about knowledge, taken-for-granted assumptions and their everyday lives. I see value in encouraging students to situate their own lives in academic literature and theory as a way to explore the politics of identity, power and place. I see the classroom as a space where knowledge is co-constructed between student and teacher. 

Supervisory Interests

I am interested in supervising postgraduate research students who wish to explore embodied relationships with everyday digital technologies and spaces. I would also be interested in supervising research that explored everyday LGBTQ+ experiences; men, masculinity and emotion; and diversity and inclusion.

Research interests

I am currently interested in exploring people's embodied and emotional relationships with digital data, devices and platforms, across home, work and everday places. I explore how different identities have different experiences of ‘the digital’, highlighting how power continually manifests in and through digital technologies for particular people. I use feminist and queer methodological tools that enable an exploration of these issues.

My research experience is tied together through geographies of gender, sexuality and the body. At Oxford, I conducted research on the precarious lives of young working-class men, exploring the emotional and embodied experience of austerity. My PhD focused on men who use Grindr. I was interested in the ways masculinity, sexuality and desire emerge as queer men learned to use digital technologies for sex, dates and intimacy. As a research assistant at Newcastle University, I worked with LGBTQ+ people at a higher education institute to examine experiences of diversity and inclusion. In collaboration with Barnardo’s, I also worked with year 5 school children in North East England to explore – and challenge – their understandings of masculinity and what it means to be a man.

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