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My research interests relate to three areas:
The Politics of Childcare Provisioning
I have been primarily interested in the changing place of childcare as a service increasingly charged with addressing new social and economic risks within post-industrial economies. This interest has led me to consider the new governance relations emerging between the state and service providers (in both public and private sectors). As part of this work I have examined the production of regulated childcare spaces and the related constitution of new subjectivities of childcare. Most of my work to date has been in this area and has been published in Geoforum, Children's Geographies, Geography Compass and Environment and Planning A.
Corporatisation in the Childcare Sector
I have received seed funding for a project looking at the growth of childcare chains within the New Zealand childcare market. This is a trend which is not particular to New Zealand (many liberal welfare regimes now rely on this sector- such as the UK and Australia). Some of these chains are global in scope. Given the highly fluctuating nature of the care sector, linked in particular to employment levels, there are considerable concerns about the viability of this sector. With this in mind, I am interested in three things; a)the governance relationships between the state and the corporate sector, b) the economies of scale around international childcare chains and the extent to which it allows them to provide services within lower socio-economic communities and c) the experiences for parents and children of using these services.
I am co-convener (with Dr Russell Prince) of a seminar series entitled 'Government, Governance and the State' which runs over the virtual network, Esocsci. If you are based in NZ and interested in attending one of these seminars, please register through this page http://www.esocsci.org.nz/networks/governance/
Parenting Practices, Spaces of Care and the State
I am interested in growth of services which seek to engage parents and develop particular kinds of parenting skills, notably those which operate through home visitation of new parents. I have conducted some preliminary research in Ireland during 2012 on two home visitation services and intend to extend these research interests into the New Zealand context. This work is the basis of a chapter in preparation and I have co-authored a special issue of Children's Geographies (with Dr Ellie Jupp, The Open University) entitled 'Parenting. Policy and Place'.
I am also a co-convener (with Dr Lesley Patterson and Dr Juliana Mansvelt) of a seminar series called 'Te Ara Koiora: The Lifecourse' which runs over the virtual network, Esocsci. If you are based in NZ and interested in attending one of these seminars, please register through this page http://www.esocsci.org.nz/networks/te-ara-koiora-life/
In 2014 I was awarded a Marsden Faststart ($285,000) to conduct a study of the childcare market in New Zealand. This project will run until early 2019.
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