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, the Foundation for the Sociology of Health and Illness, AHRC 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 also editor of a collection for Routledge published August 5th 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 'Ageing, the Body and the Gender Regime: health, illness and disease across the life course'. (https://www.routledge.com/Ageing-the-Body-and-the-Gender-Regime-Health-Illness-and-Disease-Across/Pickard-Robinson/p/book/9781138351929)
I have just finished a creative non-fiction feminist text that explores Simone de Beauvoir's concept of the 'third sex' as the most liberating and powerful stage of a woman's life.
Recent papers include work on embracing abjection in later life, the role of temporality in the stalling of the gender revolution, the possibilities of delayed menopause in terms of 'buying time' in the context of other reproductive practices and the continued relevance of Susan Sontag's concept of the 'double standard' of ageing. .
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 secured in October 2018. I have been interim Head of Department since September 2020.