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Exploring experiences of reproductive coercion within the context of domestic abuse

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Monday, February 03, 2020
  • Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Project Description

Ref: SHLS20001 Lorimer

Reproductive coercion is behaviour that affects women’s autonomous decision-making, with regard to their reproductive health. Perpetration may take various forms including: birth control sabotage (e.g., damaging a condom); coercion to get pregnant, or; controlling the outcome of a pregnancy (e.g., pressure to continue a pregnancy or to terminate a pregnancy). Reproductive coercion disproportionately affects women experiencing concurrent domestic abuse. Reproductive coercion was first labeled and purposefully studied in 2010 (Miller, Decker, et al., 2010; Moore et al., 2010). Although cross-sectional studies have examined the prevalence of reproductive coercion, we have only recently begun to see qualitative studies explore the intersection of reproductive coercion and domestic abuse.

Qualitative research would provide valuable insight into the nature of these intersections and would help inform intervention studies. Gaining a better understanding of the connections between the factors that influence the reproductive health and safety of women will be the focus of this studentship. GCU has an award-winning and expanding programme of work around gender-based violence, contributed to by staff across disciplines including Sociology, Criminology, Law and Public Health. The successful applicant will, in consultation with the supervisory team, help shape the PhD to fit with the programme of work, the applicant’s interests and disciplinary background.

The successful candidate will be invited to join two vibrant and expanding research groups: Sexual Health (School of Health & Life Sciences) and Justice, Violence and Gender (Glasgow School for Business & Society) – thus, experiencing and benefiting from cross-school interactions.

How to Apply
This project is available as a 3 years full-time PhD study programme with expected start date of 1 October 2020.

Candidates are encouraged to contact the research supervisors for the project before applying.

To apply for this project, use the following link to access the online application form, as well as further information on how to apply: https://www.gcu.ac.uk/research/postgraduateresearchstudy/applicationprocess/.

Applicants shortlisted for the PhD project will be contacted for an interview within four weeks from the closing date.

Please send any other enquires regarding your application to:

Director of Studies Name: Dr Karen Lorimer
GCU Research Online URL: https://researchonline.gcu.ac.uk/en/persons/karen-lorimer

2nd Supervisor Name: Dr Nancy Lombard
GCU Research Online URL: https://researchonline.gcu.ac.uk/en/persons/nancy-lombard

Funding Notes

The studentship of £19,509 per year is for a period of three years, subject to satisfactory progress. The studentship covers the payment of tuition fees (£4,500 for UK/EU students or £15,000 for international students) plus an annual stipend of £15,009 for UK/EU students or an annual scholarship of £4,509 for international students.

How good is research at Glasgow Caledonian University in Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Nursing and Pharmacy?

FTE Category A staff submitted: 44.30

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