My research interests are focused on issues of cultural representation and identity in film, television and popular culture, with a particular emphasis in recent years on issues of film and place and film, place and memory. I have led three Arts and Humanities Research Council funded 'City in Film' related projects, have contributed to the development of the History Detectives Gallery in the new Museum of Liverpool and have recently created an exhibition of popular images of nurses for the US National Library of Medicine based on my work on professional identity and popular culture; the exhibition is available on line (http://www.nlm.nih.gov/picturesofnursing/) and toured universities across the US during 2014-17.
I have a longstanding interest in women as creators of television drama and have written various articles and a monograph on Lynda La Plante, one of the first TV writers to start her own production company.
Currently, I am interested local film cultures and the ways in which they contribute to narratives of memory, subjectivity and identity.
A co-authored/edited book that begins to examine these ideas in practice is published by Emerald in their new humanities imprint;
Movies, Music and Memory: Tools for Wellbeing in Later Life.