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Dr Deirdre Duffy

Senior Lecturer in Sociology (Global Social Inequalities)

Bowland North



Office Hours:

For the academic year 2022/23 my office hours are Mondays and Thursdays by appointment or Teams. I am available for a weekly 'drop in' on Thursdays 11am - 12pm. 

Research overview

Deirdre Duffy is a sociologist and applied social scientist. She has a specific interest in governance, resistance, and inequities. Her work primarily focuses on reproductive (in)justice, abortion access, and abortion activism. She explores these topics in a range of geographic and political contexts in the Global North and Global South. 

Dr Duffy is passionate about 'research for policy' and the transformative potential of social policy research (the focus of her 2017 monograph Evaluation and Governing in the 21st Century: Disciplinary Measures, Transformative Possibilities, Palgrave Studies in Science, Knowledge and Policy). She has actively contributed to processes intent on minimising inequities in abortion access through legal and political reform in Colombia and (Northern) Ireland. 

Research Interests

  • Reproductive (in)justice
  • Abortion access and activisms
  • Gender and health inequalities
  • Evaluation and 'research for policy' 

Current Teaching

  • SOCL116 Contemporary Social Problems
  • SOCL 200 Sociological Thought for Our Times

My Role

Department Impact Lead

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