Some information about me
My background is in interdisciplinary feminist studies. I have worked at the universities of Sussex, Plymouth, Keele and UEA before coming to CRESC in 2005. My research contributes to a growing body of work on sustainability in CRESC.
My research is centrally concerned with (re)visioning an eco/feminist politics of sustainability. This is a holistic sustainability, focused on interconnections and relationalities, which links planetary sustainability with human and non-human health and well-being; which asks how we can sustain collective and personal movements towards social justice; and which explores how the very practice of research might be reworked for sustaining a more-than-human world.
How - and indeed why - to sustain feminism, when so many have declared its end? What if the end of feminism was less a statement of fact and more an announcement of a sense of crisis for - some - feminists? How might we generate other stories of feminism, to disrupt any certainties about what it is and where we might find it? Two projects in particular address this; both involve documenting stories of marginal feminisms: ecofeminism, and feminist youth work as a site of transgenerational feminist practice.
The Changing Nature of Eco/feminism
Through a case study of ecofeminist activism on the West Coast of Canada, I explore the persistence of feminism in the 1990s, as well as the specificities of ecofeminist attention to nature. This research draws on ethnographic research, including oral history interviews with activists involving in campaigning against clear-cut logging of temperate rainforest in Clayoquot Sound, on Vancouver Island. As well as addressing what it might mean to describe the Clayoquot Peace Camp of 1993 as ‘ecofeminist’, the book addresses the disavowal of ecofeminism by other feminists because of its purported ‘essentialism’. The book examines the politics of naturecultures on the West Coast through (re)creating genealogies, through tracing the unnatural histories of ecofeminists and ecofeminism, following movements, through history and across the global, and ultimately asks how we might tell more hopeful stories of feminism, insisting that the future - of feminism and of the planet - relies on this. The Changing Nature of Feminism is forthcoming in 2013 with University of British Columbia Press.
I am involved in a collaborative feminist network across Manchester and the North West. Feminist Webs is a vibrant, entangled transgenerational network of young women and young(er) and old(er) youth work practitioners, academics, artists and activists based in the North West of England. Feminist Webs offers a fertile site for developing an engaged feminist research practice. Read more about this project here.
Sustaining a More-than-Human World
Sustaining Transport: Changing Mobilities
I am Co-I on an EPSRC funded SUE3 project: Step-Change (Sustainable Transport Evidence and modelling Paradigms: Cohort Household Analysis to support New Goals in Engineering design). I lead strand 3 of the project on 'intergrating diverse data sources'. See http://www.changing-mobilities.org.uk/ for further details.
Sustaining Food: Food as Everyday Health and Medicine
Current projects include participatory research with a Manchester-based Young Women's Group on their organic allotment. This project is also in partnership with Spitalfields City Farm and Tablehurst and Plawhatch Organic Biodynamic Farms in Sussex. With Andrew Church, from University of Brighton and other project partners, we are working on a paper on 'Growing intimate privatepublics: the material and affective practices of the likt allotment'. Memories of Mr Seel's Garden is another collaborative participatory project on memories of local food in Liverpool.
Essential Fatty Activism
In the next year I am planning to begin work on a paper on ‘Essential Fatty Activism’. This paper will bring together debates within queer fat studies, the growing raw food movement, and work on vital materialism (by Jane Bennett) to reflect on the vitality of fat.
Sustaining Movement: Ageing with the Alexander Technique
I am developing research on embodied practices such as the Alexander Technique and yoga. I have co-written a systematic review of evidence for the effectiveness of the Alexander Technique with Julia Woodman, member of the Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique (STAT). I am developing a small qualitative project, in conjunction with members of STAT, which will explore experiences of ageing while undertaking lessons in the Alexander Technique.
How can the very practice of research be reworked in and for a more-than-human world? How do we sustain our data? How might we rework qualitative rseearch methods in and for more-than-human times? How do we, as researchers, find ways of sustaining ourselvs, in th demanding institutional contexts which characterise contemporary higher education? How might we engotiate the engagement, participation and impact agendas?
Archiving and Reusing Qualitative Data
This programme of research relates to key CRESC concerns – the challenging of epochalist accounts of sociocultural change through theoretically informed empirical research; research which not only relies on the generation of new data, but which examines the possibilities afforded by existing data sources. These issues dovetail with an increasing interest across the social sciences in reusing qualitative data. Yet despite the increasing turn to reuse, it has proved a controversial practice with continuing concerns about methodological pitfalls and clashes over its epistemological status.
Qualitative Research in and for a More-than-Human World
I am working on a paper which explores the possibilities of reconceiving such apparently ‘humanist’ methods as oral histories in the context of what have variously been termed, posthumanism, the posthumanities, a more-than-human world, and turns to affect, materiality and practice. However, rather than take up the technologically enhanced world of some posthumanisms, I turn to the stories of environmental activists in Clayoquot Sound on the west coast of Vancouver Island.
See also Feminism and its Methods.
Sustaining Community-based Participatory Research
Good ethical practice is essential to community-based participatory research (CBPR), and to sustaining ongoing community-university partnerships. Along with partner organisation, the Young Women's Group, we have been involved in a project on ethics in CBPR led by Sarah Banks at Durham University. This has led to: a set of ethical guidelines on CBPR; a series of case studies and case examples; and a research paper.
I am keen to supervise PhD students whose research interests relate to these areas:
- ecofeminist and feminist theory, history, politics, methodology;
- the politics of nature
- qualitative methods and methodology: research using and/or examining methodologies including oral history, narrative interviewing and narrative analysis, using archives and (re)using qualitative data; genealogy; participatory research; community-based research; ethics; Mass Observation; transdisciplinary working
Key Partner Organisations
Key organisations I work with regularly include:
The Young Women's Group: http://www.likt.org.uk/
LGBT Youth North West: http://www.lgbtyouthnorthwest.org.uk/
Feminist Webs: http://www.feministwebs.com/
Refereed Journal Papers
Julia Woodman and Niamh Moore (2012), 'Evidence for the Effectiveness of Alexander Technique Lessons in Medical and Health-related Conditions: A Systematic Review', International Journal of Clinical Practice, 66 (1), 98-112, available at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1742-1241.2011.02817.x/abstract.
Niamh Moore, Nick Pigeon, Peter Simmons and Karen Henwood (2005), 'Environmental Risk: Narrative, Memory and Everyday Life', 33-41, in David Robinson, Christine Horrocks, Nancy Kelly and Brian Roberts (eds), Narrative, Memory and Everyday Life, Huddersfield: University of Huddersfield Press, available at Narrative, Memory and Everyday Life.
(2003), '‘Ecocitizens or Ecoterrorists? Learning through Environmental Activism in Clayoquot Sound’', 92-107, in Pam Coare and Rennie Johnston (eds), Adult Learning, Citizenship and Community Voices: Exploring Community Based Practice, Leicester: National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (England and Wales),.
Infrastructures of Social Change
This is a project funded by the AHRC entitled: Memories of 'Mr Seel's Garden': Engaging with historic and future food systems in Liverpool. On the outer edges of Liverpool ONE, a 42 acre...
Research into the Movements and Transformations of Yoga in its Move from East to West; Ghandi and non-violence; gym regime or spiritual practice.
Trajectories of Participation and Inequality
Step-Change is an EPSRC-funded project that brings together a cross-disciplinary research team from the Institute for Transport Studies at the University of Leeds and CRESC at the University of...
I am involved in a collaborative feminist network across Manchester and the North West. Feminist Webs is a vibrant, entangled intergenerational network of young women and young(er) and old(er)...
Current projects include participatory research with a Manchester-based Young Women's Group for young lesbian and bisexual women on their ...
A study of belonging and the boundaries of sexuality and identity across lesbian and gay networks in Manchester.
Cultural Values and Politics: Social Cohesion and Expertise
This project aims to make an intervention into narratives of feminism, specifically those narratives which have proclaimed the death or end of feminism, and which emerged in the early 1990s. In...
Social life of methods
This programme of research relates to key CRESC concerns – the challenging of epochalist accounts of sociocultural change through theoretically informed empirical research; research which not only...
The paper takes as a departure point for revisiting the critical humanism of Ken Plummer’s Documents of Life, Sarah Whatmore’s careful articulation of ‘the urgent need to...
Mon, Jul 12th 2010 - Tue, Jul 13th 2010
The conference will have a dual focus on: (a) methods as a means for rethinking feminisms, and (b) the histories, transformations and travels of feminist methods and methodologies. It will promote dialogue within and between different quarters of feminist practice, research and activism and explore how feminist methods have been taken up and transformed in and across disciplines.
Thu, Jul 12th 2012
The EPSRC funded STEPCHANGE (Sustainable Transport Evidence and modelling Paradigms: Cohort Household Analysis to support New Goals in Engineering design) project will hold a workshop on its survey work
Mon, Mar 18th 2013 - Tue, Mar 19th 2013
This is the third of five events sponsored by the National Centre for Research Methods (NCRM) on qualitative longitudinal research. Speakers at this event in include Andrew Abbott, Julie Macleod, Eleanor Casella, Michelle Bastian, Mike Savage, Liz Stanley, Niamh Moore, Stuart Muir, Andy Miles Alan Warde and Dave Watling. Please note that the main seminar is on March 18th. March 19th is reserved for early career researchers.