Category Archives: covid

April 17

When the Dust Settles

Professor Lucy Easthope is the country’s leading emergency planner/disaster expert. When the Dust Settles Stories of love, loss and hope from an expert in disaster was published by Hodder and Stoughton in April 2022. I was lucky to meet Lucy online during the start of the pandemic, which then resulted in meeting up when lockdown […]

February 11

Partygate: a Lockdown of Justice?

I wrote another blog post for the University of Liverpool blog which can be accessed here. The image is mine and does not represent the views of my employer or any of the scholars cited in my work.

December 30

Pass the Light On

Sitting in the cathedral clutching my candle we were told “If you’ve got a neighbour pass the light on” as the flame did a relay throughout the people. We each cautiously lit the wick of our immediate neighbour’s candle, anticipating the lights being switched off and sitting bathing in the glow of our flames. Alone […]

December 22

Examples of policing lockdown

I would like to start this blog by making it clear that I do not blame individual officers for the policing of Covid. The deliberate confusion caused by guidance being stricter than legislation caused huge grey areas. Indeed human rights barrister Adam Wagner who has been invaluable in educating the public about the ever-changing regulations, […]

September 12

God is in the rubble

I don’t write with an audience in mind for this blog. It is just my musings in a public space. I am not a Theologian, so I hope I can do justice to the work discussed. I have written elsewhere on the blog that I am angry with the church during the pandemic. My faith […]

August 23

So I trust, too

My friend Ros sent me the verse above during a difficult time. I come back to it frequently. I have made no secret that I have found myself politically homeless during the pandemic, and have been disappointed and disgusted with an organized left who have no acknowledgement of competing harms. Privileged middle class academics who […]

August 20

Death, Sociology and the People

I am currently on week 3 of my month-long annual leave. I have fallen into a comforting pattern of lay-ins (I usually get up at 5am) long walks with the dogs, yoga, time with my husband, friends and family. I work all year looking forward to this summer break, and this slowness is what I […]

August 01

Let Go, and Let God

Today is the 1st of August. It is Lammas or Lammastide, a day celebrated by Pagans and Christians. It is the first wheat harvest and we praise God and/or the land for the bread that nurtures us. For Pagans the emphasis is on death and rebirth, the cycle of life. The richness of the ground […]

July 25

Long read: The War on Dissent during the State of Exception

Acknowledgements: I would like to thank colleagues for their kind and insightful feedback on an earlier of this blog post: Dr Firat Cengiz, Professor John Preston, Professor Kanstantsin Dzehtsiarou, Professor Lucy Easthope, Dr Mike Homfray, Dr Michael Riordan. The views represented are mine alone, and providing comments on my work does not equal agreement or […]

July 04

Sex work, disability and the pandemic

I will start by saying that I hope you are well. My thoughts are with all those struggling, grieving and suffering in various ways. Things are unlikely to become much brighter in the recovery period where we will face different challenges. We must care for one another and fight injustices wherever we see them. The […]