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 people with dementia, 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).