Areas of expertise
Michele provides consultancy and media commentary on matters relating to:
- Girlhood and power
- Gender and education
- Gender and media
- Youth and digital engagement
- Participant Action Research
Membership of professional bodies
Vice-Chair of MeCCSA Women's Network
Member of the Feminist and Women's Studies Association
Member of the Gender and Education Association
Michele is interested in developing consultancy projects relating to girlhood and institutional cultures/practices. She has experience in designing online development tools as well as real-world intervention strategies. She has led and implemented a range of consultancy projects and evaluations for national and international clients in educational, voluntary and government sectors.
Selected conference and seminar papers
June 2017: 'Who Runs the World?: Girls, Leadership, and Celebrity'
Symposium and Project Launch, Senate house, London
January 2017: '"I’m not bossy, I’m the Boss”: Girls’ mediated perceptions of power and leadership'. Paper presented at MeCCSA Annual Conference: Culture, Media, Equality and Freedom. University of Leeds.
October 2016: ‘Girls, mediated perceptions and experiences of leadership’ for the Oxford University International Gender Studies Centre seminar series, Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford
June 2016: 'Gender and discourse in audience studies' Seminar for the Oxford University Womens' Group, St Catherine's College, Oxford
June 2016: 'Working on Gender and Leadership' Opening keynote for the 15th Annual WAGGGS conference in Oslo
April 2016: 'Banning Bossy and Leaning In: Girls' mediated perceptions of leadership'. Paper presented at the International Association of Girlhood Studies, UEA, UK
October 2015:'Girls and the gendering of leadership'. Invited keynote for the 'ABC for youth participation in Europe' WAGGGS event, Bratislava, Slovakia.
June 2015. 'Girls’ negotiations with genre and gender on screen: the pedagogies of teen TV' at the Feminisms, Power and Pedagogy: 10th Biennial Conference of the Gender and Education Association at the University of Roehampton
June 2015: ‘”Something similar happens in TV-land”: Girls’ on- and offline audience strategies in relation to successful girl narratives’ at the Consuming Cultures: Women and Girls in Print and Pixels conference (OBU)
November 2014:' “He gave me all these options. And it kind of put me off”: Life-planning, anxiety and institutionalised choice in successful girl discourses'. Paper for seminar series: The Neoliberal Life Cycle of Success: Alternative Perspectives, Oxford Brookes University
May 2014.'Gender, Youth and Popular Discourses of Leadership'. Invited keynote for the WAGGGS International Convention on Gender, Youth and Leadership, Helsinki, Finland.
June 2013: ‘I was blonde and off a council estate’: Girls negotiating gender, class and success in television viewing. Console-ing Passions,International Conference on Television, Video, Audio, New Media and Feminism, De Montfort University, Leicester
November 2012: ‘Girls Online: Access, autonomy and anxiety’ Invited speaker at Children and Parents' Media Literacy research event,Ofcom, London
September 2012: ‘Researching with Girls: Spaces for reflection?’ Paper presented at A Tale of Two Cultures – Feminist Academia and Feminist Activism event held with the Centre for Diversity Policy Research and Practice, Oxford Brookes University
June 2011: 'The Future Girl’s Problem Past: A Genealogical Approach to Feminised Success’ Paper presented at GEA: The Gender and Education Conference held at the University of Exeter
Before embarking on a research career in Communication, Media and Culture Michele led and worked on a range of national education initiatives including Excellence in Cities, Aim Higher, Widening Participation, the Best Practice Teacher Research Scheme and London Challenge. She has experience teaching in the secondary education sector, including as Head of English and Media and as Advanced Skills Teacher in an Education Action Zone.