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. My PhD took an ethnographic approach to how residents of older people's homes become at home (or not) from a material culture perspective. I am currently interested in future time in the context of older age, and how time is perceived and experienced differently at different stages of the life course.
Sociology of health and illness. I worked as a research associate on the Space for Sharing project, which explored how sharing, trust and empathy play out in online relationships between people in difficult or dangerous circumstances. Prior to that I worked as a qualitative researcher in the Sheffield Alcohol Research Group where I researched people's interpretations of the UK drinking guidelines and attitudes to alcohol policies.
Home, relationships and families. Particularly in the context of older age. I am also interested in how the 'non-human' - e..g material culture, animals - shapes relationships and a sense of belonging.
I coordinate the first year undergraduate module SPCU911 Social Differentiation and the honours module SPCU9JK Ageing, Society and Social Policy.
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.
Munday D, Lovatt M, Roberts J, Nanton V, Noble B, Ingleton C, Pitt E & Seers K (2013) Receiving end of life care at home: experiences of the bereaved carers of cancer patients cared for by health care assistants. Dimbleby Cancer Care.