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Last updated 24th March 2023


My primary research interests are in contemporary writing and ageing studies. My current research is concerned with three main areas: ageing, illness and care in cultural and literary narratives; ageing and childhood in children's literature; and science and speculative fictional explorations of age, ageing and rejuvenation. 

I am the Co-Director for the Dementia and Cultural Narrative Network. I am the Primary Research Collaborator on the project 'Ageing and Illness in British and Japanese Children's Picturebooks 1950-2000: Historical and Cross-Cultural perspectives', funded by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (9880000 yen). 

I joined the University of Huddersfield in 2008, having taught previously at a number of universities, including The Open University. I was awarded a PhD on the novels of Michèle Roberts from the University of Aberdeen in 2002. I also completed a PGCE in Further and Higher Education at the University of Wolverhampton in 2002. I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Contemporary speculative writing
  • Ageing, illness and care in contemporary culture and narrative
  • Narrating dementia
  • Gendering age
  • The lifecourse in children's literature
  • Contemporary picturebooks


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