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My research interests lie at the intersection of welfare restructuring, marketisation, neoliberalism, care and social policy. I take an interdisciplinary approach to my work, drawing together critical literature from social and economic geography, critical social policy, education and social care. Most of my work date has focused on the changing nature of childcare and social reproduction more generally under neoliberalism, notably in the contexts of Ireland, the UK and New Zealand. In 2014 I was awarded funding from the Royal Society of New Zealand ($290,000) to study the marketisation of childcare in New Zealand since 2008. This project will finish at the end of 2019.
Im currently working on a book manuscript from this work entitled Growing Pains: Childcare Provision in Neoliberal Times.
I'm a social and political geographer, with interests in social policy, welfare change, the governance of care services and gendered labour.
Neoliberalism, Childcare, Markets, Families, Policy
21st Century Citizenship
Field of research codes
Human Geography (160400): Studies In Human Society (160000)
Project Title: The Business of Care: Constructing a Childcare Market in Aotearoa/New Zealand
Date Range: 2015 - 2019
Funding Body: Royal Society of New Zealand