Professional Activity

Employment & Work Experience

Current Position

Leverhulme Trust Early Career Research Fellow, School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Lincoln, Oct 2014 – June 2018.

Previous Positions:

Research Associate, Faculty of Health and Social Care, Open University, April 2012 – 2014

Senior Teaching Associate (Human Geography): Lancaster Environment Centre, Lancaster University, Sept 2011 – April 2012.

Senior Teaching Associate (Human Geography): Lancaster Environment Centre, Lancaster University, Oct 2010 – July 2011.

Guest Lecturer and Marking Assistant (Human Geography): Chester University, Nov 2010 – March 2011.

Social Media

2015 – Present – I am currently responsible for maintaining and updating the Gender, Place and Culture journals blog site and Twitter feed.

2009 – 2013 – Before going on maternity leave in April 2013 I was the Managing Editor of PhD2Published, an open access online website that researches contemporary modes of academic publishing. As well as sourcing material from academics from a range of backgrounds and disciplines, I have written several blogs for the site that reflect my experiences of getting published as an Early Career Researcher.

#acwri – With Dr Jeremy Segrott I ran fortnightly live chats on Twitter where we discussed a range of topics relating to academic writing. This continues to be a lively forum and a fantastically supportive community.

I regularly Tweet as @dratarrant

Teaching Training:

Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice (GCAP) Stage 1 – Introduction to Learning & Teaching in Higher Education – Lancaster University– 2009


Establishing a Child Friendly Lincoln (with Sue Bond-Taylor): ESRC Festival of Social Science, £800; UROS, £1000.

Leeds Social Sciences Institute, University of Leeds, (£15,000): ‘Responding to Young Fathers in a Different Way’

LEAP Skills fund, University of Leeds, 2016 (£1000): Negotiating the physical and emotional impacts of social research

New Initiatives fund, Glasgow University, 2016 (£1000): Negotiating the physical and emotional ‘affects’ of social research

Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship, 2014-2018

Lancaster University Geography Department PhD funding – 2007 – 2010

In November 2009 I was awarded a competitive 5 week scholarship with the GEXcel at Linköping University, Sweden (funded by the Swedish Research Council). Here I developed a strong international network with key masculinities and ageing scholars including Prof. Jeff Hearn and Dr Toni Calasanti. I was chosen to contribute to the theme “Deconstructing the Hegemony of Men and Masculinities: Contradictions of Absence” which required the deliverance of 2 seminar papers and written outputs (published under my maiden name Boden and available here and here).

Presentations at Conferences:

Invited Talks

06/2017 How older male kinship carers describe their care responsibilities and implications for ageing male identities, Ulster University Belfast, This seminar was co-hosted by Ulster University’s Institute for Research in the Social Sciences (IRiSS) as part of its ‘Pusing the Boundaries’ seminar series.

07/2017 Exploring inequalities in caring: grandparents’ experiences of kinship care from multiple perspectivesQueens University Belfast

12/2012      The contemporary geographies of familial care by grandfathers in British families, Weeks Centre for Social and Policy Research Seminar Series, Families and Social Capital Research Group, London South Bank University

11/2012      Masculinities, ageing and the embodiment of contemporary grandfatherhood, Embodying the Life Course: Relating Past, Present and Future Bodies Workshop, Durham University


‘Challenging constructions of old age through the geographies of grandfathering’ RGS-IBG International Conference, September 1st – 3rd, 2010.

Transforming intergenerational relations through new technologies: Grandparents and their relationships with grandchildren”.   CRFR International Conference 2010, Changing Families in a Changing World, June 16 – 18, 2010.

Chaired session and presented paper: ‘Geographies of grandfather identities: Exploring the intersections of masculinity, old(er) age and the body from an intergenerational perspective’.“GEXcel Conference, “Men and Masculinities, Moving On! Embodiments, Virtualities, Transnationalisations”, April 27 – 29 2009:

‘Performing grandfatherhood: The intergenerational geographies of  older and ageing men’, GEXcel Conference, December 2008

‘Older men and ageing: gendered performance, intersectionality and identity’, GEXcel Fellowship Seminar, December 2008

Work for Journals

Editorial Board Member of Sociology

Editorial Board Member of Gender, Place and Culture

Administration roles: Lancaster University

Admissions Assistant, UG Admissions Office; PG Faculty Admissions Co-ordinator, Faculty of Science and Technology; Administration Assistant, College and Residence Office; Student Ambassador and Tour Guide, UKSRO; Student Chat session leader; Geography Department.


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