Qualifications & Memberships
My research interests converge around the home, everyday life, and the body as sites of social change. My empirical work is based in multi-ethnic northwest China and in urban Australia and New Zealand. I have extensive ethnographic experience in in Northwest China and Australasia, and am the only social scientist globally working on nappy-free infant hygiene. I am broadly interested in the transformative potential of hybrid research collectives for social and environmental change that begins in the home, particularly around concepts of hygiene.
I am involved in a related project with with Katharine Mckinnon and Stephen Healy exploring economies of care (particularly maternity care). I am beginning a further project with others in the Community Economies Collective looking at mapping alternative economic practices in post-quake Christchurch, NZ.