I am currently Lecturer in Childhood and Youth Studies at the Open University. My broad research interests fall within sociology, in the area of gender, sexuality and class in childhood and youth, across different age ranges from the early years to teenagers. I work with queer and feminist perspectives to explore the making of gendered/sexual subjectivities and relationships, with a particular focus on relations of power, conflict and violence, in their broader institutional and social contexts.
My ESRC-funded doctoral research focused on gender and power in teenage heterosexual relationship cultures, including issues of control and abuse. I explored these in relation to middle-class teenagers' experiences and identities, with a particular interest in the intersections of class, age, gender and sexuality.I am also involved in an ethnographic research project with Emma Renold, exploring gender, power and conflict in young children's peer cultures (age 5-6). This is affiliated with the EU ALLIES project (Teachers' and Parents' Alliance for Early Violence Prevention in Preschool).