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My current research is focused on the evolution of global sexual rights advocacy and especially its interrelationship with international HIV prevention and strategies and the 'health and human rights' movement. I have published widely in this area in international journals and edited collections, including the Jindal Global Law Review (2012) and the Handbook of LGBT Communities, Crime and Justice (Petersen and Panfil 2014). I am also working on a monograph in this area to be published by Routledge.
In addition, I research more broadly on LGBT and queer legal theories (including 'queer' responses to religious objections to LGBT rights), and on critical and feminist approaches to criminal liability. In these areas I have published in journals including Legal Studies, Social and Legal Studies and Journal of Law and Society and several edited collections. I was also part of the UK Feminist Judgments Project (Rackley, Hunter and McGlynn) in 2009/10.
I have organised a number of conferences related to these interests, including Sexuality, Hatred and Law (Durham 2008, with Professor Gavin Phillipson), The Coroners and Justice Act 2009: Panacea or Pandora’s Box for the Partial Defences? (Durham 2010, with Professors Alan Reed and Michael Bohlander), Gender, Sexuality and Faith (Durham 2012) and Campus Feminisms (Newcastle 2015, with Dr. Nikki Godden-Rasul). I also convened the "Women and Brexit" stream of the Brexit, Regulation and Society conference held at Manchester in 2017.
In 2018/19 I will embark on a funded project (HSIF £13,000) with Professor Jenny Morgan at the University of Melbourne on comparing and evaluating legal and regulatory responses to campus sexual violence. This will build on my work with Dr. Nikki Godden-Rasul (Newcastle) on "campus feminisms" ("Campus Feminisms" workshop event, Newcastle University (2015); Feminist Legal Studies (2017); my role in 2017/18 as co-chair of the University's Task and Finish Group on Sexual Violence and Harassment; and recent work (in press, Common Law World Review) on the use of the UK Human Rights Act as a legal tool to hold universities to account for their response to campus rape.
I also write on land and housing law and social justice. I have co-authored a book on property law in the "Great Debates" series by Palgrave Macmillan (currently in its second edition). I've also written a number of pieces on law, property and housing and the marginalized, including articles and chapters (sometimes with Professor Lorna Fox-O'Mahony) on legal approaches to the practice of squatting in England and Wales. These can be found in Legal Studies, Modern Law Review, Criminal Law Review and the edited collection "Vulnerable Demons?" (O'Mahony, Fox-O'Mahony, Hickey 2014). My work on squatting and adverse possession with Professor Fox-O'Mahony was favourably cited by the Northern Ireland Law Commission in its recent proposals to reform the law of adverse possession in that jurisdiction (2010).
I have previously secured external research funding from the British Academy (Small Grants and Overseas Travel), as well as internal funding from e.g. the Manchester Humanities Strategic Investment Fund (H-SIF).
I have delivered conference papers, including invited papers and keynotes, across all these research areas, in the UK, United States and Canada, South America, and Europe.
From 2012-2022 I was an active member of the Manchester Centre for Regulation and Public Law (ManReg), part of ManReg's organising committee, and the lead scholar for ManReg's "Vulnerability" research theme. From 2022, I have been a member of the Manchester Centre for Social Ethics and Policy (CSEP), reflecting my changing research focus. I was previously a member of the School of Law's Research Committee.
I love teaching and have a longstanding reputation for high quality delivery of undergraduate and postgraduate education. My main teaching areas are:
For several years I have convened the UG course units Criminal Law and Law, Gender and Sexuality, both at Manchester and Durham University.
I have previously externalled at the Universities of York, Newcastle and Kent.
I am also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and have a track record of innovative teaching and learning practice. In 2014 I was awarded funding as part of the University's Social Responsibility in the Curriculum scheme to hold a mini-conference for students in LGS. In 2016/18 I was part of the Law School's "Law21" Curriculum Review process.
I have supervised several research masters and doctoral students, in the following areas:
I welcome new postgraduate research students across my research and teaching fields.
In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):
Visiting Scholar, University of Melbourne
1 Oct 2018 → 30 Sept 2019
Visiting Scholar, Centre for Feminist Legal Studies, University of British Columbia
1 Feb 2009 → 31 Mar 2009
Research output: Contribution to journal › Comment/debate › peer-review
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-review
Research output: Contribution to journal › Book/Film/Article review › peer-review
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Chapter › peer-review