Claire is a Senior Lecturer in Politics at the University of Liverpool, she works on abortion rights and activism and is a co-author of the book Reimagining Global Abortion Politics (Policy Press, 2018). She is currently working on a monograph on contemporary gender and feminist politics in Northern Ireland for Manchester University Press.
Student Essay Prize Officer
Deirdre Duffy is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology at Lancaster University. Her research focuses on reproductive justice, reproductive governance, and equality of abortion access. Her work is largely drawn from studies in countries where abortion is restricted, including Ireland and Colombia. Deirdre has published widely on abortion access and activism. Her forthcoming book, Abortion Trail Activism: The Global Projects for Abortion Access, is published with Bloomsbury.
Book Prize Officer
Cavyn Mitchell’s research is focused on the intersections of disability studies and transgender studies. His research takes a feminist methodological framework to study transgender and disability issues within wider society focusing upon stigma and social experience.
Dr Emma Spruce is Lecturer in the Politics of Gender, Sexuality and Identity at the University of Liverpool’s Politics Department. Their research draws on intersectional feminist and queer theory to explore the connections between global sexual politics, dynamics of urban inequality, and the ways that individuals and social movements theorise and challenge injustice. Particular topics of interest include LGBT+ Safety Politics, sexuality and housing, and LGBT+ community formation and activism. Dr Spruce has recently published in Gender, Place and Culture (2022), Sexualities (2022) and Urban Studies (2021).
Newsletter and Publicity Officer
Dr Katie Jones works at Cardiff University as part of a research team interested in fertility care provision. She initially trained in the field of literary studies, and obtained a PhD in English Literature, in which she explored confession as a trope in women’s life writing. Since retraining, she has worked in health service research. Her publication profile reflects her eclectic interests, with recent publications including translations of poems by the Dada artist Emmy Hennings in Anomaly, and academic articles in The Journal of Integrated Care (2022) and Open Screens Journal (2020).
Small Grants Officer
Helen is an Associate Professor of Cultural Politics, Communication and Media Studies at the University of East Anglia. Her feminist and anti-racist politics inform all aspects of her teaching, research and outreach work. Broadly speaking, her research uses qualitative feminist methods to examine gendered forms of labour in the creative and cultural industries. She is particularly interested in discourses of value that circulate around ‘feminine’ forms of (often invisible) labour. She is the author of Fashion on TV: Identity and Celebrity Culture (2013) and co-editor of The Politics of Being a Woman (2014 with Dr Heather Savigny). She joined the FSA as a General Executive Committee Member in 2018 and has since become Small Grants Officer. Before this, she served on the organisational committee of community group, Day of the Girl Norwich, between 2013-2019.
Liza Caruana-Finkel is a PhD researcher at the University of Liverpool, an abortion rights activist, and a helpline volunteer with an abortion fund. She has a background in healthcare, in cognitive neuroscience, and in gender and women’s studies. Liza is interested in reproductive rights and (in)justice, and her research focuses mainly on abortion in the context of Malta, which has a total ban. She has conducted research on women’s personal abortion experiences, on medical doctors’ views on reproductive methods, and on health and social care professionals’ experiences of providing abortion-related care. Her doctoral project, which makes use of facilitated group discussions and creative methods, is focused on the socio-cultural aspect of abortion through an exploration of women’s collective sense-making.
Adele Moore is a PhD candidate at the University of Liverpool. Utilising a range of methods, such as surveys, interviews and Instagram analysis, Adele’s research seeks to explore the constitution of women’s contemporary contraceptive knowledges and their practices of contraceptive experimentation. Her research reviews and interrogates the procedures and practices through which the contraceptive knowledges of young women in England are constituted.
Dr Neta Yodovich (she/her) is a postdoctoral researcher who is currently studying cultural policy in a research project funded by the EU Horizon 2020 framework. She completed her PhD in Sociology at the University of Manchester. Her study interests include gender, feminism, fandom, identity and belonging. She published in journals such as Sociology, Feminist Media Studies, Games and Culture, Women’s Studies in Communication, and the European Journal of Women’s Studies. Her first book about feminist fans of science fiction was published in 2022 by Palgrave Macmillan.
Nóirín MacNamara (she/her) is a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Geography at Maynooth University. She holds an M.Phil in Gender and Women’s Studies from Trinity College Dublin and a PhD in political theory from Queen’s University Belfast. Her research interests include feminist theory, psychoanalytic theory and reproductive justice and politics. She has published on feminist political theory and reproductive justice and politics.
Amna is a journalist and researcher from Pakistan, currently living in Sydney. She is a recent graduate of Gender and Cultural Studies from the University of Sydney, Australia with a distinction. She completed her first masters in Diversity and Media with a distinction from the University of Westminster, UK. She is the recipient of three prestigious international scholarships including the Australia Awards. Her research revolves around media, gender and culture in South Asian countries. Currently, she is working as a Social Media Program
Coordinator and Research Fellow with Women Living Under Muslim Laws, while also applying for an interdisciplinary PhD in Gender and Media.
Mentoring Scheme Officer