I am Senior Lecturer in Geography at Royal Holloway, University of London. My research and teaching focuses on contemporary domestic life bringing together approaches from social and cultural geography on ‘home’ with those of development geography on the ‘household’. My expertise lies in the qualitative analysis (through visual methods) of gendered injustices which manifest in, and emerge from, the interactions between macro and micro level socio-economic change. I completed an ESRC-funded PhD at the London School of Economics entitled “Gender Relations in the Khmer ‘Home’: Post-Conflict Perspectives” and followed this with a 3 year British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship at Royal Holloway which extended my regional expertise to Vietnam and Laos. In January 2012 I started a 3 year study funded by the ESRC and UK Department for International Development (DfID) on ‘Lay and Institutional Knowledges of Domestic Violence Law: Towards Active Citizenship in Rural and Urban Cambodia’.
My teaching at undergraduate level covers research methods (interviews, focus groups, visual methods); field trip leadership to Kenya; and a third year course option I designed on ‘Geographies of Home’. On the MSc Practising Sustainable Development I teach on the module ‘Households and Development’. At doctoral level I co-supervise 3 current PhDs – Tianfeng Liu (Chinese academics in the UK/British campuses in China); Laura Prazeres (Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada award for international student mobility); and Mary Cobbett (ESRC CASE award with the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts on non-formal education and the ‘Stop the Violence’ campaign in Kenya).