Department of Geography


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Katherine Brailsford

  • Qualifications: BA (Hons) Human Geography, MRes Science
  • Role Title: PhD Researcher
  • Address: Department of Geography, University of Portsmouth, Buckingham Building, Lion Terrace, Portsmouth, PO1 3HE
  • Telephone: 023 9284 2504
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  • Department: Geography
  • Faculty: Faculty of Science


In 2016 I graduated from the University of Portsmouth with a first class BA (Hons) degree in Human Geography and remained at Portsmouth to complete the MRes Science course gaining a distinction.

In 2017 I was awarded the department bursary for my PhD studentship, the project is entitled ‘Understanding the lived realities of informal kinship care for grandparents ’, supervised by Dr Tara Woodyer, Dr Annabel Tremlett (Social Work) and Dr Carol Ekinsmyth.

Teaching Responsibilities

I contribute to departmental teaching through assisting with seminars, computer practicals, and fieldwork sessions. Units include:

Geographies of Children and Young People (Level 6)
Practical Fieldwork Skills (Level 4)
Society and Place (Level 4)
Tools for Geographical Enquiry (Level 4)
Geographies of Wellbeing, Work, and Place (Level 5)


I realised the extent of my interest in the areas of age, care and family relationships during my undergraduate studies. I was particularly interested in the role of grandparents caring for their grandchildren, looking at the intersection of connotations around ‘old’ age, gender, and care. The focus of my MRes study on a grandfathers (re)negotiation of their masculinity further strengthened my interests, with my current PhD study allowing for close examination of the day to day realities of kinship care for grandparents (both grandmothers and grandfathers) as well as the complexity surrounding different kinship care systems.