The team

Dr Rosie Harding, Principal Investigator

Rosie studied for an LLB at the University of Edinburgh, an LLM at Keele University and a PhD at the University of Kent.Rosie’s research explores the place of law in everyday life with a particular focus on legal consciousness studies, resistance and equality struggles. Her primary interests are in discrimination law and family law, particularly the regulation and recognition of caring and intimate relationships. Her broader research interests are in the gender, sexuality and law field, and also include human rights, labour law and the intersection of law and psychology. Her book, Regulating Sexuality was published by Routledge in September 2010, and won the 2011 Hart-SLSA Book Prize and Early Career Prize. Her current research focuses on the everyday legal aspects of dementia care. Her current research project ‘Duties to Care: A socio-legal exploration of caring for people with dementia’ seeks to understand how carers of people with dementia experience the regulatory frameworks surrounding accessing help with and financial assistance for care, and the sources of formal and informal support utilised by carers of PWD, through topics including recent changes to powers of attorney, and the personalisation of care budgets. For more information see the Dementia Project website.

Rosie founded and co-ordinated CentreLGS PECANS, from 2004-2011. PECANS is an international and interdisciplinary network of early career scholars working in the law, gender and sexuality field. PECANS was funded by the AHRC CentreLGS from 2004-2009, and the ESRC from 2009-2011.

Telephone :-+44 (0) 121 414 4960
Email: r.j.harding@bham.ac.uk
Web: www.birmingham.ac.uk/staff/profiles/law/harding-rosie.aspx 

Dr Ruth Fletcher, Co-Investigator

Ruth studied for an LLB at Trinity College Dublin and an MA in Women’s Studies at University College Cork. She lived in Toronto for 5 years while doing an LLM and a DJur at Osgoode Hall Law School, York University. Ruth was Associate Director of the AHRC Centre for Law, Gender and Sexuality between 2004 and 2009.

Ruth’s research addresses the relationship between law, health and society through the lens of reproduction. She has an ongoing interest in law’s reproductivity: the generation of new legal forms through the synthesis of already existing legal forms. This has produced critical readings of new governance as it emerges through civic exchange on public health issues. It has also led to more abstract critiques of Pashukanis’ concept of legal form.

Secondly, Ruth’s research is concerned with the practical everyday ways in which health, sexuality and reproduction become objects of legal struggle. Much of her work in this area has focused on documenting and critiquing the kinds of arguments and strategies that are generated in the regulation of abortion. Ruth’s current major project, a monograph-in-progress entitled Peripheral Life: Governing Travel for Abortion Care, investigates the significance of shifting abortion restrictions and transnational travel strategies, and draws on ESRC funded research into support networks for abortion-seeking women.

Telephone: + 44 (0) 1782 734361
Email: r.fletcher@qmul.ac.uk
Web: http://www.law.qmul.ac.uk/staff/fletcher.html

Susan Westwood, Project Researcher

Sue has a professional background in health and social care. Caring for a family member who had dementia awakened Sue to older age inequalities, in particular older people’s human rights, carers’ rights, and gender and sexuality as dimensions of older age and care. After that particular caring role was over, Sue career changed, completing a Masters in Gerontology at Southampton University, a Graduate Diploma in Law with the College of Law, and then PGDip in €˜Gender, Sexuality and Human Rights€™ at Keele University. Sue is now undertaking a PhD at Keele, which explores equality issues in relation to older people with lesbian, gay and bisexual identities, from a feminist socio-legal perspective. Sue has assisted on several research projects whilst at Keele, including the €˜Duties to Care€™ dementia project. For more information see the Dementia Project website.

Sue was a Visiting Scholar, at the invitation of Professor Martha Fineman, at Emory University, Atlanta, GA, 13th January 2011 -€“ 27th January 2011. She was Chair and Convener of two LGBT ageing symposia at the British Society of Gerontology’€™s 2012 annual conference, held at Keele University. She is a student member of: the Law and Society Association; the Socio-Legal Studies Association; and the British Society of Gerontology. Sue is also a Global Affiliate of The Vulnerability and the Human Condition Initiative, Emory University.

Email:- s.westwood@keele.ac.uk
Web: http://www.keele.ac.uk/risocsci/currentstudents/students/westwoodsue/

International Partners

Associate Professor Christine Beasley, University of Adelaide
Co-Director of the Fay Gale Centre for Research on Gender
Web: http://www.adelaide.edu.au/directory/christine.beasley

Professor Martha Augoustinos, University of Adelaide
Co-Director of the Fay Gale Centre for Research on Gender
Web: http://www.adelaide.edu.au/psychology/staff/augoustinos.html