Rosie's research explores the place of law in everyday life with a particular focus on legal consciousness studies, resistance and equality struggles. Her primary interests are in family law, particularly the regulation and recognition of caring and intimate relationships. Her broader research interests are in the gender, sexuality and law field, and also include human rights, discrimination and equality, labour law and the intersection of law and psychology. Her first book, Regulating Sexuality won the 2011 Hart-SLSA Book Prize and Early Career Prize.
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Dr Rosie Harding completed her LLB at the University of Edinburgh, her LLM at Keele and her PhD at the University of Kent. Prior to joining Birmingham Law School in 2012, she taught at Keele Law School from 2004-2012.
Rosie is happy to supervise postgraduate research students in any of the following areas:
Gender, sexuality and law
Healthcare Law, especially research involving questions of mental capacity, powers of attorney, advance directives and end of life decision making.
She is particularly 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'
Susan Westwood (Keele) 'Discrimination and Equality for Older LGBs'
Rosie’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).
She is also principal investigator of the AHRC Research Network ‘ReValuing Care: Perspectives from Gender, Seuxality and Law’ (www.revaluingcare.net), a partnership with the Universities of Adelaide and Keele.
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).