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Rosalie Warnock


PhD student

Room Number: Geography Building, Room 218


Research interests
Everyday life, welfare and austerity, inequality, bureaucratic encounters, emotional geographies, feminist geographies and methodologies, families, autism, SEND policy

PhD research
(Working title) Raising a child with autism in a time of austerity: Parents’ experiences of navigating and accessing advice and support services in London

Research on austerity typically focuses on those who are most disadvantaged and hardest hit by cuts, however little attention has been paid to the relative impact of austerity on welfare services which affect people across the socio-economic spectrum. Since 2015, Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) services in England have experienced a 19% real-terms cut in high-needs funding, but a 35% increase in demand for support (Hunter, 2019: 13). This raises urgent and important questions about who is actually able to access shrinking SEND resources.

Working with diverse families and SEND professionals in London, my research explores how parents navigate and access advice and support services on behalf of their child(ren) – and specifically, whether (and why) parents might be unequally placed to succeed in this. Conceptually and empirically, I am interested in the intersection of emotions, everyday life (including disability) and austere bureaucratic encounters.

Hunter, J (2019) Plans That Work: Employment Outcomes for People with Learning Disabilities, IPPR North.



  • ESRC 1+3 studentship (2016 – 2020)

Academic background

  • MRes Geography, Queen Mary University of London (2017)
  • BA (Hons) Sociology and Geography, University of Cambridge (2015)

Conference presentations

  • Should I say something? Thinking through ethical dilemmas in fieldwork encounters, RGS-IBG Annual International Conference, London, Aug 2019
  • Raising a child with autism in a time of austerity: parents’ experiences of navigating advice and support services in London, Feminist Engagements with Austerity, University of Bristol, Jan 2019
  • Place, time and transitions: inter-generational perspectives on adulthood in the London Docklands, 5th International Conference on the Geographies of Children, Youth and Families, Loughborough University, Sep 2017
  • Conceptualising transitions to adulthood over time in the former London Docklands, 6th Nordic Geographers’ Meeting, Stockholm University, Jun 2017


  • Graduate Supervisor - Part IB Paper 2 (Austerity), Department of Geography, University of Cambridge (2019)
  • Teaching Assistant - GEG4002 Ideas and Practice in Geography and Environmental Science, School of Geography, QMUL (2018 - 2019)
  • Demonstrator - GEG4004 Research Methods for Geographers and Environmental Scientists, School of Geography, QMUL (2017)
  • Demonstrator – GEG5013 Geographical Research in Practice (methods), School of Geography, QMUL (2016)



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