I joined University of Liverpool Management School in October 2016. My role within ULMS is Associate Dean, Research.
My research centres on work, family and health, which I explore from a socio-cultural perspective. I explore the experiences of both mothers and fathers, as they combine parenting and paid work. Regarding mothers, I have developed the notions 'pregnant presenteeism' (where expectant mothers remain at work during pregnancy, even if they are ill) and 'maternal body work', where pregnant women and new mothers seek to fulfil the often conflicting criteria of 'good' mother and 'good' employee.
Having been in receipt of a Leverhulme Fellowship I am presently also working on the relationships between fathers and the work-family interface, drawing upon the lenses of gender and the body.
With Rt Rev Dr Nigel Peyton I am undertaking a project exploring the experiences of senior women clergy in the Church of England.
My research is published in social science and management journals including: Journal of Management Studies, Organization Studies; Academy of Management Perspectives; Human Relations; Organizational Research Methods, British Journal of Management; Gender, Work and Organization; Social Science and Medicine; International Journal of Management Reviews, and International Journal of Human Resource Management.
My present journal roles include General Editor, Journal of Management Studies.
I am a Fellow of the British Academy of Management, and Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences.
In 2020, I was awarded the British Academy of Management Research Medal
I am past Chair of NARTI (Northern Advanced Research Training Initiative) which reflects my core interests in capacity building among research students and early career scholars.
I am interested in supervising PhD students undertaking qualitative research in the areas of work and family.