Academic Profile

Rosalie joined the School of Geography and the Environment (SoGE) as an ESRC Postdoctoral Fellow in October 2022. Prior to that she worked as a Research Associate on the Nuffield Foundation-funded Covid Realities and Benefits Changes and Larger Families projects at the University of York, and as a Stipendiary Lecturer in Human Geography at Christ Church, University of Oxford. Rosalie has also worked as a Graduate Teaching Associate in Geography at Queen Mary University of London, and as a Graduate Supervisor and Guest Lecturer in the Department of Geography, University of Cambridge.

Rosalie holds a PhD and MRes in Human Geography from Queen Mary University of London, and a BA (Hons) in Sociology and Geography from Fitzwilliam College, University of Cambridge.

Current Research

Rosalie is a social, cultural and feminist geographer. Very broadly, she is interested in social inequality in the UK. Her current research examines access to austere special educational needs and disability (SEND) support services in London, UK, from the perspective of both SEND practitioners ("bureaucrats") and parent carers of autistic children ("service users"). Conceptually, this research spans four areas:

Austere bureaucratic encounters. SEND is a universal form of welfare, administered and accessed via a complex and fragmented bureaucratic system, involving local authority SEND services, National Health Services (NHS) and schools. This system has become harder to access following 13 years of austerity, during which time demand for support has risen, while funding for support has fallen in real terms. This strand of research examines how austere bureaucracies work, and how encounters take place and play out between bureaucrats (SEND practitioners) and service users (parent carers with autistic children). It highlights growing rationing of and inequality of access to SEND support, along lines of race, nationality, language, class, gender, and disability. Findings have been published in Critical Social Policy (Kiely and Warnock, 2022).

Emotional geographies. As a feminist researcher, Rosalie is interested in the application of emotional geographies to the everyday. She examines this in two ways: first, the role of emotions in bureaucratic systems and encounters; and secondly, the relationship between emotions and care /care work for family members.

Feminist political economies of care. This strand of research highlights gender-based and other differences in the delivery of different kinds of (overlapping) care and social reproduction. Through an analysis of the daily lives of parent carers with autistic children, this research examines the multiple forms of paid and unpaid "work" that parent carers with autistic children are involved in, additional to those typically associated with parenthood. This strand of research shows the ways that neoliberalism and austerity continue to make life ever harder for families with disabled and neurodiverse children in the UK.

Research methods and ethics. Rosalie is committed to undertaking ethical, responsible and accessible scholarship. Naturally, this is a collaborative process. She has made the case for compensating research participants in Area (Warnock, Taylor and Horton, 2022), worked on the participatory Covid Realities project at the University of York, and has created space for early career researchers to discuss the challenges of undertaking research on sensitive topics (RGS double session co-organised with Gabrielle King, 2019). She is currently developing a workshop series on Care-ful Methods with Jennie Middleton and Gillian Rose.

Teaching and Advising

Rosalie is an Associate Fellow of the HEA and a Career Development Lecturer in Human Geography at Jesus College, Oxford, where she teaches on the following modules:

  • Prelims: Human Geography; Geographical Controversies
  • Final Honours School: Space, Place and Society; Environmental Geographies; Geographical Thought; Dissertation supervision
  • Study skills

Within the School of Geography and Environment, she teaches on:

  • Human Geography Fieldtrip to the Netherlands

Selected Publications

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  • Cover: Covid-19 Collaborations: Researching Poverty and Low-income Family Life During the PandemicGarthwaite, K., Patrick, R., Power, M., Tarrant, A. and Warnock, R. (eds.) (2022) Covid-19 Collaborations: Researching Poverty and Low-income Family Life During the Pandemic. Policy Press, Bristol. Available as open access pdf.

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Widening Participation and Outreach

Rosalie is from a non-traditional Oxbridge background herself and is passionate about widening access to university. She has been heavily involved in access initiatives since 2011, including most recently:

  • Establishing Geography engagement programmes for Y12 and Y7-10 state school students at Christ Church, Oxford
  • The Horizons programme (Barnet, London)
  • Target Oxbridge

If you are a student (or teacher of a student) from an under-represented university background thinking about undergraduate or postgraduate study, please feel free to contact Rosalie () and she will be able to put you in touch with the right people to answer your questions.