Charlotte’s interests lie in gender, sexuality, disability and health, particularly the intersections of these areas. Her main line of research focuses on the theorisation and medicalisation of sex. This work explores the experiences of people with variations in sex characteristics (VSCs) or intersex traits, with an emphasis on recognition, care, and justice.
Charlotte joined Swansea in 2022 as a Lecturer in Sociology. Prior to this, she was a Research Fellow at the Wellcome Centre for Cultures and Environments of Health at the University of Exeter (2019-2022). During this time, Charlotte led three co-created research projects: one exploring new ways of thinking about in/fertility, variations of sex characteristics, and the life course (Reprofutures); a second addressing fears of viral transmission and the impact of new hygiene measures on hospitality workers during the Covid-19 pandemic (Beers, Burgers + Bleach); and a third project on LGBTQIA+ loneliness and belonging, where she worked with playwright, Natalie McGrath, to stage an original theatrical production (The Beat of Our Hearts). Charlotte was awarded an AHRC EDI Fellowship to complete this work.
Charlotte has also held research positions at the Usher Institute at the University of Edinburgh (2018-2019) and Brunel University (2016-2018). Prior to this, she was Research Fellow on a series of AHRC-funded projects known as Around the Toilet (2015-2018). This work critically examined notions of (in)accessibility by considering gender and disability in the context of the toilet. The team won an NCPPE Engage Award for this project in 2016.
Charlotte is a member of the Editorial board for The Sociological Review, and a co-founder of the Queer Disability Studies Network, an international collaboration between students, academics, and activists, focusing on issues at the intersections of queer/trans and disability/crip studies.