My research and teaching interests are located within the fields of sociological approaches to ageing, gender, embodiment, health and illness. My research in these areas has been published in a number of high ranking academic journals supported by a number of grants including from Leverhulme and the British Academy. I also have two recent book publications on this subject. The first, a critical textbook for Sage, entitled 'Age Studies: a sociological examination of how we age through the life course', was published in 2016 (for reviews and contents see Age Studies. The other is a monograph entitled: 'Age, Gender and Sexuality through the Life Course: the girl in time' published in 2018 (https://www.routledge.com/Age-Gender-and-Sexuality-through-the-Life-Course-The-Girl-in-Time/Pickard/p/book/9781315720982).
I am currently editing a collection for Routledge, due to be published in spring 2019, focusing on health, illness and dis-ease as a lens through which to understand the challenges of the gender regime for women at different ages and stages. It brings together contributions from researchers in Europe, North America, Australia, Europe and the UK from the fields of youth studies, gender studies, social gerontology and medical sociology and is entitled 'Embodying the Gender Regime: health, illness and dis-ease across the life course'.
I am an associate editor of Ageing and Society.
Within the Department of Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology I am Research Lead. I led the successful School Athena Swan application for a Bronze award which we achieved in October 2018.
- International Academic Fellowship (Competitive Fellowship, Leverhulme Trust 2014)
- I am Departmental Director of Post Graduate Research