Staff Profiles


Dr Jennifer Hardes

Senior Lecturer

School: School of Psychology, Politics and Sociology

Campus: Canterbury

Tel: 01227 923895

Profile summary

I received my PhD (2014) from the University of Alberta's Department of Sociology specialising in social theory, bioethics & socio-legal studies, and I am now appointed as a Senior Lecturer in Sociology at CCCU.

In 2016 I published my first book with Routledge, ‘Law, Immunization and the Right to Die’, which focuses on the problematic paternalism of legal decisions that deny assisted dying, and questions why the law fails to recognise what many regard as ‘compassionate motives’ for assisted death. The concept of ‘immunization’ is central to this analysis – not, perhaps as expected, from a medical lens, but rather from a political one – to consider how assisted dying is regulated through the closure around the self, the protection from what exists on the outside, grounded in an ethics underscored by a liberal individualist, 'immunizing' framework at the expense of more collective and compassionate approaches to law.

My new research area examines the sociological jurisprudence of pregnancy in the UK. Specifically, I examine how the law constructs decisions on cases around controversial issues related to pregnancy (e.g., abortion, self- induced abortion, surrogacy, stem cells, refusal of medical treatment). I also examine the construction of statute in relation to beginning of life including: the Offenses Against the Person Act (1861); the Abortion Act (1967); and the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act (1990). I am asking: what are the rationales given for legal decisions in beginning of life cases?; how are these rationales constructed in particular socio-cultural and historical contexts?; and how do these contexts shape the legal decisions on beginning of life, and what are the implications?

I also continue to research in the area of sport sociology, most recently on the topics of women, ‘madness’ and exercise, and concussion, neuroscience and law, and welcome doctoral students in these areas.

Research and knowledge exchange

My research has been published in a range of peer-reviewed academic journals, and I have been fortunate enough to receive a number of national and international awards for research and consultancy work including: the Canadian Sociological Association’s Outstanding Graduating Student Award (2015); Merit Award from Alberta Justice & Solicitor General (2014); North American Society for the Sociology of Sport Doctoral and Masters Research Awards (2014 & 2008); and the British Olympic Foundation Award (2006).

Teaching and subject expertise

Undergraduate and Masters Teaching

I am currently module leader for our second year Crime and Deviance module and I teach on our first year Sociolgical Imagination Module. I also contribute to our MSc degree 'Global Inequalities and Comparative Social Policy'.

PhD/EdD Supervision

I am available to supervise research students in areas of social philosophy; socio-legal studies; medical humanities; philosophy & sociology of sport; social philosophy of education; bioethics; human rights.

Current Doctoral Students:

Nicole Holt, PhD. Spirituality & Health

Completed Doctoral Students:

Alan Jones, EdD. Research-Based Learning

Publications and research outputs

Hardes, J. (2019). Governing Excess: Boxing, Biopolitics and the Body. Theoretical Criminology, online before print.

Hardes, J. (2018). Women, 'Madness' and Exercise. Medical Humanities, 44, 181-192.  

Hardes, J.& Hogeveen, B. (2017) Flow, Skilled-Coping and the Sovereign Subject: Towards an Ethics of Being-With in Sport. In G. Breivik (Ed.). Skills, Knowledge & Expertise in Sport.  London: Routledge. Forthcoming.

Hardes, J. & Revell, L. (2017). Law, Education and Prevent, Education, Citizenship and Social Justice. 

Hardes, J. (2017) Governing Sporting Brains: Concussion, Neuroscience and the Biopolitical Regulation of Sport. Sport, Ethics and Philosophy Journal, online before print.

Hardes, J. (2017). Biopolitics and the Enemy: On Law, Rights and Proper Subjects, Law, Culture and the Humanities, 13(3),383-403 (published online before print, March 24th 2014).

Hardes, J. (2016). Law, Immunization and the Right to Die. London, UK: Routledge Glasshouse Books.

Hardes, J. & Hogeveen, B, (2016). Flow, Skilled-Coping and the Sovereign Subject: Towards an Ethics of Being-With in Sport. Sport, Ethics and Philosophy Journal, 10(3), 283-294.

Hardes, J., McLane, P., & Pavlich, G. (2014). Personhood, Legal Judgment, and Sovereignty at The Cape, 1793-1810. The Routledge Handbook of International Crime and Justice Studies. Oxon: Routledge. 

Hogeveen, B, & Hardes, J. (2014). Constituting the Fighter’s Body: On Being-With in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. In K. Gilbert (Ed.), Fighting: Intellectualising Combat Sport, London: Commonground Publishing with B. Hogeveen.

Hardes, J. (2013). Fear, Sovereignty and the Right to Die. Societies, 3(1), 66-79

Hardes, J. (2007). The Coaching Act: Interview with Chris Volley. In James Denison (Ed.) Coaching knowledges: Understanding the dynamics of sport performance (pp. 181-199)London: A & C Black Publishers.


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