Ellen's research interests lie predominantly in family, particularly where it intersects with property and trusts law. Her doctoral research focused on the law's treatment of cohabiting couples and the manner in which the existing property and trusts framework systematically excludes and devalues homemaking contribution. Ellen is interested in critical approaches to legal scholarship and her doctoral work developed a new vulnerability theory framework for the analysis of disputes between cohabiting couples. She is also interested in feminist, temporal, and spatial approaches to law, and is keen to develop her existing research further, drawing on these perspectives. She has presented her research at a number of national and international conferences and is a member of the Critical Approaches to Law Research Group (School of Law, Oxford Brookes University).
Research group membership
Critical Approaches to Law Research Group (School of Law, Oxford Brookes University)
Ellen is currently in the process of writing her first research monograph. Provisionally entitled 'Relational Vulnerability: A Theory of Law and the Private Family', this book will be published by Palgrave Macmillan.