Cathy is a Senior Teaching Fellow in the Department of Political Science and teaches modules on international development and qualitative research methods. Her work is highly interdisciplinary and she is currently working on the politics of the British "new nature writing". She argues that this genre of writing promotes a politics of enchantment that is useful in resisting the narratives that drive planetary destruction.
More broadly, she has for a long time been interested in ideas about time, temporality and story-telling in politics and international relations. Her current work on nature writing recapitulates these themes in new ways, but she has previously concentrated more on the stories that are commonly told about democracy and voting. Her first book, Democracy as Foreign Policy: Temporal Othering in International Relations, came out in 2017 and deals with the ways in which British identity is produced through stories about democracy.
She also has an interest in the politics of pedagogy and writes and thinks a lot about teaching and learning. She is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.