I am a second year PhD candidate in Sociology and Education. I have a first class BA (Hons) in Applied Social Science from the University of Hull, and a Masters in Social Research from the University of Sheffield.
I am currently working on my PhD thesis under the supervision of Professor Julia Hirst, Dr Jen Slater, and Eleanor Formby. My research looks into masculinities in schooling, using creative visual methods to examine the ways in which masculinities are constructed and maintained within school cultures. I am also interested in the potential of using creative methods to engage students in critically evaluating concepts of gender.
I have been involved in organising the following events:
- 'Sexpectations', an interactive event on sexualities and relationships education, for the ESRC's 2016 Festival of Science.
- 'Fourteen Days in May', film screening and panel discussion on the death penalty, for the University of Sheffield's 2017 Festival of Arts and Humanities. In partnership with the University of Sheffield , reprieve and Amnesty International.
I have presented at two conferences:
- 'Sexpectations: Reflections on Positive Sexualities Workshop for Young People' at the Gender and Education Association Biennial Interim Conference 2016 at Linkoping University, Sweden.
- 'Inclusion & Trans Young People' at the SAYiT (Sheena Amos Youth Trust) Transgender Conference 2016 in Sheffield, UK.
Areas of Research Interest:
- Visual and Creative Research Methods;
- Sexualities and Relationship Education (SRE).
In 2016 I conducted some research with an LGBTQ+ youth group on their experiences of heteronormativity in school. This research as been included in an upcoming book chapter in 'Sanjakdar and Yip (in press) Critical Pedagogy, Sexuality Education and Young People' which I co-authored with Professor Julia Hirst and Dr Rachel Wood.
Member of the Education, Lifespan and Development Research group.