Rosie's research explores the place of law in everyday life. Her primary interests are in family law, particularly the regulation and recognition of caring and intimate relationships. She uses social science methods including both qualitative and quantitative approaches to empirical research to investigate the place of law in everyday life, including everyday understandings of law and legal discourse. Her work is grounded in feminist legal theory and gender, sexuality and law, and has been supported by research grants from the AHRC, ESRC and the British Academy. Her current research is focused on mental capacity, care, and dementia. She is working on a monograph, Duties to Care: Dementia, Law and Relationality (forthcoming, 2016, Cambridge University Press) Her broader research interests are in the gender, sexuality and law field, and also include human rights, discrimination and equality, and socio-legal research methodology. Her first book, Regulating Sexuality, won the 2011 Hart-SLSA Book Prize and Early Career Prize.
Rosie is happy to supervise postgraduate research students in any of the following areas:
- Mental Capacity law, especially research involving questions of everyday decision-making, dementia, intellectual disability, powers of attorney, advance directives and end of life decision making.
- Gender, sexuality and law, particularly issues to do with care, family law, discrimination and equality.
She is especially interested in supervising research involving empirical socio-legal methods. Potential research students are welcome to contact her by email to discuss their research proposals prior to submitting an official application.
Current Postgraduate Students:
- Charlotte Bendall 'Gender in Intimate Relationships: A Socio-Legal Study'
- Zainab Naqvi 'Big Love or Big Problem? Feminist perspectives on the legal recognition of polygamy in English law'
- Jaime Lindsey ‘A Critical Analysis of Mental Capacity in English Law: Autonomy, sexual activity and supported decision-making’
- Ellen Gordon-Bouvier (part time) 'Trusts of the Family Home'
- Sarah Singh (part time) 'Socio-Legal Regulation of Motherhood'
Professor Harding’s main research interests are in how law operates in everyday life. She is interested in how people experience legal frameworks and how they make decisions about whether or not to use law. Her research to date has focused on the recognition and regulation of intimate and caring relationships. Her work straddles areas of equality law, family law, healthcare law, human rights and jurisprudence.
Rosie's current research project seeks to understand how carers of people with dementia experience the regulatory frameworks surrounding accessing help with and financial assistance for care, and the sources of formal and informal support utilised by carers of PWD, through topics including recent changes to powers of attorney, and the personalisation of care budgets. For more information see the Dementia Project website (www.dementiaproject.net). This empirical work forms the basis of her current monograph project Duties to Care: Dementia, Relationality and Law (under contract with Cambridge University Press).
She was principal investigator of the AHRC Research Network ‘ReValuing Care: Perspectives from Gender, Sexuality and Law’ (www.revaluingcare.net), a partnership with the Universities of Adelaide, Keele and Queen Mary University of London, and is currently working on an edited collection of academic essays drawn from the network events with Dr Ruth Fletcher (QMUL) and Professor Chris Beasley (University of Adelaide).
Selected Research Grants:
AHRC International Research Networking Grant ‘ReValuing Care: Perspectives from Gender, Sexuality and Law’ £44,808.72 (at 100% FEC). Principal Investigator: Rosie Harding, Co-I: Ruth Fletcher (Keele), International partner: Professor Christine Beasley, University of Adelaide, Australia. (March 2012 – March 2014, AH/J008516/1).
British Academy Small Research Grant for pilot study ‘Duties to Care:A socio-legal exploration of caring for people with dementia’ PI, £7,391 (1 Sep 2010 – 29 Feb 2012, SG-1000017).
ESRC ‘International Training and Networking Activities for Early Career Scholars’ Scheme grant: “CentreLGS PECANS International Workshops and Network Development Programme” PI, £39,978.40 (fEC) (1 Oct 2009 – 30 Sept 2011, RES-810-21-0021).