Department of Geography


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Katherine Brailsford

  • Qualifications: BA (Hons) Human Geography
  • Role Title: MRES Student
  • Address: Department of Geography, University of Portsmouth, Buckingham Building, Lion Terrace, Portsmouth, PO1 3HE
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  • Department: Geography
  • Faculty: Faculty of Science


I have just started my MRES Science course after graduating with a First class Honours degree in BA Human Geography from the University of Portsmouth in 2016.

I obtained an award for academic excellence and performance from the Department of Geography for my Undergraduate studies. I have always had a passion for people that has been nurtured through my Undergraduate degree and has led me to take the next step of an MRES Science course focussed in the discipline of Human Geography. I aim to nurture my research skills and I look forward to the next year and my future steps.


My research areas are in age, care, and relationships. Firstly I am interested in the way age is socially constructed and how it can be a barrier to participation. I am also interested in the changing perceptions of age, who counts as young? At what age do you become old?

My second research area is in care and what care actually entails. There are many ways to care for someone and I am specifically interested in the care roles taken on by men. Do the dominant portrayals of men and their role in society have an effect on the care role they perform?

My third research area is in relationships particularly the relationships between different generations both inside and outside the family. Britain has an ageing society giving the opportunity for more age diverse relationships.

These three research areas come together in my particular research focus on Grandfathers caring for Grandchildren. I am interested in how this particular relationship could be strengthened by the care role performed by Grandfathers and how factors such as age and dominant portrayals of masculinity can affect how Grandfathers care for their Grandchildren. I aim to conduct this research using a qualitative approach using a series of interviews with Grandfathers.

This research is supervised by Dr Tara Woodyer and Dr Carol Ekinsmyth.