Shelley is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Birmingham. She specialises in the sociology of gender and feminist theory. Broadly her interests include feminist theory and epistemology, cultural and social theory, the body, identity, sexuality and personal relationships. She has published on the meaning and relevance of post-feminism both as a recuperative discourse and as a way to rethink the feminist project. Recent research explores the ethics of friendship, non-conventional partner relationships, and narratives of belonging within the context of emergent cultures of intimacy in post-war Britain.