Bethany Robertson
PhD Student



  • PhD Sociology (in progress), University of York
  • MA Social Research, (Distinction), University of York
  • BA Hons Sociology, (1st class), University of York

Bethany has spent her academic career thus far at The University of York. After completing her master’s dissertation on the significance of pet-keeping for students’ identities, she decided to embark on a PhD to pursue an interest established in her undergraduate research and as a farmer’s daughter, namely women in farming.

Bethany discusses her postgraduate experience and sociological snippets on her academic blog:



Supported by a departmental teaching scholarship, Bethany’s research focuses on women’s involvements and experiences in farming land and livestock to understand the extent to which gender identities are significant for their work. By taking a feminist and interpretivist approach to conducting interviews and observations, this project will aim to give women a voice in a field that they have been typically underrepresented. Farming is a changing culture of work, given the rise in women farming in their own right but is greater entry equivalent to inclusivity or is the perpetuation of gendered expectations shaping experiences and identities in farming?

This project is supervised by: Professor Ellen Annandale and Dr Amanda Rees



Bethany currently teaches on the first year undergraduate modules Introduction to Sociological Theory and Cultivating a Sociological Imagination.


Contact details

Ms Bethany Robertson
PhD Student
Department of Sociology
University of York
North Yorkshire
YO10 5DD


Selected publications

Robertson, B. (2017). Why Women are Taking Centre Field in Farming, The Conversation. Available at: