Welcome to my website! My name is Anna and I am a Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Lincoln. I am currently funded by the Leverhulme Trust to run the Men, Poverty and Lifetimes of Care (MPLC) study, exploring the care responsibilities of men living in low-income families. I was also PI for a Leeds Social Sciences Institute funded project called ‘Responding to Young Fathers in a Different Way‘ that builds out of the major ESRC funded Following Young Fathers study. This aims to develop policy and practice to better support young fathers.
My research interests broadly include;
- Men and masculinities,
- Grandparenting (including their roles in informal and formal exchanges of care),
- Gender relations and feminist theory,
- Sociologies of family, relationality and kinship,
- Realist approaches in qualitative research,
- Qualitative longitudinal research including qualitative secondary analysis.
2011 – PhD Human Geography, Lancaster University
2007 – BSc Geography, Lancaster University
I have developed my research interests and expertise in the areas identified above both as a PhD candidate at Lancaster University and as a Research Associate at the Open University. At the Open University I worked particularly closely with Professor Brid Featherstone, contributing to an evaluation of the Family Rights Group Advice and Advocacy Service and the ESRC funded ‘Beyond Male Role Models‘ project. I also supported a small team in an evaluation of an urban regeneration scheme in Milton Keynes, which assessed the impact of the scheme on people’s well-being. In each of these projects I utilised my skills as a qualitative researcher.
My PhD thesis is entitled ‘’Exploring the influence of intergenerational relations on the construction and performance of contemporary grandfather identities’. It examines men’s experiences of being a grandfather and how this influences the diverse constructions of their identities as older men. Key contextual factors including the men’s intergenerational relationships with grandchildren, re-configurations of family and men’s personal biographies evidently influence how men construct their identities in the family as they get older, complicating the concept of grandparent and what it means to be an older man in contemporary British society. The empirical data revealed more about how older men engage in relationships in later life and how this benefits them; a topic very little is known about. The analysis for the research is framed by a conceptual framework that views grandfather identities as performative, relational and intersected by often contradictory relations of masculinities and age. While conducting my research I was supported by Professor Colin Pooley, Dr James Faulconbridge and Dr Saskia Vermeylen. The work was funded by the geography department at Lancaster University (now Lancaster Environment Centre, LEC).
I have gained a great deal of teaching experience, both during my PhD and after. While conducting my PhD research I passed the Associate Teacher Program (ATP) qualification and gave lectures and led tutorials. Since completing my PhD in July 2011, I have been a Senior Teaching Associate at Lancaster University for the Lancaster Environment Centre. I have taught a broad range of topics at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels including:
- Designed and led multiple fortnightly tutorial groups (developing university and geography skills with first years) – including marking, and face-to-face feedback.
- 4x 1hr lectures on Orientalism and development (First year)
- 2 x 1hr lectures on Social responses to Natural Hazards (First year)
- 5 x 1hr lectures on Qualitative Methods (Second Year)
- 5 x 2hr lectures on Sustainable Development and Natural Resources (Second year)
- 2 x 1hr lectures on Geographies of identities (specifically gender and age) (Second year)
- 4 x lectures on Political Geography (first years at Chester University) and marking
- Research Methods, Questionnaires and Writing Literature Reviews – (Lancaster Environment Centre)
- Sustainable Water Management (Lancaster Environment Centre)
- I have also supported student research projects as a mentor (Lancaster Environment Centre)
- Marking for MSC in Environmental Management (Lancaster Environment Centre)
- MA Research Methods – Lecture on Qualitative interviewing (University of Leeds)
I see this blog as an opportunity to raise questions and discuss thoughts about my career experiences. In the future I intend to share my progress and questions regarding my research as well. I have started a research journey blog in order to document my experiences but also to share my thoughts and ideas so that I can become a better researcher and be accountable in what I do. I have also been the Managing Editor of PhD2Published, founded by Dr Charlotte Frost which is an amazing platform for peer-to-peer support and reflection on the process of academic publication. Through the site, I really developed my web presence, broadening the impact of my work and using it as a tool to guide me through the process of publication planning and writing with the support of my peers. Follow me on Twitter here and check out my Academic.edu and ResearchGate pages.
Outside of academia I love to run (when I have time), read literature and spend time with my family! I reached my exercise ambition of running a half marathon so now I guess I need to train for a marathon!
Please do get in contact should you have any comments, queries or requests using my ‘Contact Me‘ page.