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Sociology Research


Aideen is a PhD candidate in the ReproSoc research group, under the supervision of Prof. Sarah Franklin and Dr. Lucy Van De Wiel. Aideen has a B.A. (Hons) in Sociology and French from Trinity College Dublin and an M.A. in Gender Studies (Research) from Utrecht University.

Drawing primarily on feminist phenomenological methods, her PhD research examines the affective and embodied experience of pregnancy, abortion, and of reproductive politics more broadly – taking the Irish abortion rights movement as a case study.

Research Interests

Sociology of reproduction; medicalisation of pregnancy and childbirth; queer theory; postcolonial theory and feminist epistemologies and methodologies


Soc 3: Modern Societies II – Global Body Projects; Social Movements and Contentious Politics; Environmental and Social Justice.

Soc 4: Concepts and Arguments

Soc 10: Sociology of Gender – Vulnerabilities; Black Feminisms; Gender, Nature and the Environment.

Key Publications - Book Chapters

O' Shaughnessy, A., 2017. Analysing the abortion rights debate as a question of ‘body theory’. Junctions: Graduate Journal of the Humanities, 2(1), pp.25–36. DOI:

PhD Supervisor

Professor Sarah Franklin

Media Articles

Research Groups & Affiliations


ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership Studentship 2018 Cambridge Trust European Scholarship 2018

Job Title:
PhD Candidate, Newnham College
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