I joined the University of Stirling as a lecturer in sociology in August 2016. Prior to this I was at the University of Sheffield, where I completed a PhD in the Department of Sociological Studies and worked as a research associate. I have an MA in folklore from Memorial University of Newfoundland and a BA in history from the University of York.
I have three main research interests (which often overlap):
Ageing, the life course and time:
Sociology of ageing; critical gerontology; cultural gerontology; time - particularly future perceptions of time in older age; fictional representatives of ageing and the life course.
Sociology of health and illness:
Experiences of health and illness; lay epidemiology - particularly in the context of risk and public health; alcohol; death and dying; relationships in the context of health and illness; how illness is experienced and constructed differently at different stages of the life course.
Home, relationships and families:
Particularly in the context of older age, health and illness, death and dying.
Methods and approaches:
I predominantly use qualitative methods, although I have worked on mixed methods projects.
Material and sensory approaches.
I am also interested in narrative approaches.
I am interested in supervising doctoral students on any of the above or related topics and would welcome speculative enquiries.