Dr Carrie Purcell
- Research Fellow (MRC/CSO Social & Public Health Sciences Unit)
Carrie Purcell is a Research Fellow in the Social Relationships and Health Improvement Programme, at the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit. Carrie currently leads the process evaluation component of an NIHR-funded feasibility trial of peer-led intervention with secondary school pupils to improve sexual health (STASH).
As part of a programme of abortion research on which she leads, Carrie is also PI on the Wellcome-funded SASS study (Sexuality and Abortion Stigma: Secondary analysis). In partnership with colleagues at the Open University, Ulster and Bournemouth Universities, SASS is exploring the potential for qualitative secondary analysis of a range of recent abortion-related datasets to inform understanding of abortion stigma.
Carrie is current co-chair of the Interdisciplinary Research on Sexual Health Newtork (IReSH), and a collaborator on the My Body, My Life project. She previously worked as an Investigator Scientist at the SPHSU (in the then Sexual Health team) and as a Research Fellow in the Centre for Population Health Sciences, University of Edinburgh. Carrie's holds an MA(SocSci) in Sociology from the University of Glasgow, and an MSc and PhD in Sociology from the University of Edinburgh.
Carrie’s research takes a primarily sociological but interdisciplinary approach to sexual and reproductive health inequalities. Her research interests broadly span:
- sexual and reproductive health
- menstrual health
- gender based violence
- experiences of health professionals
- hormonal contraception
- access to healthcare
- medical sociology
- applied sociological theory
- qualitative methods
- process evaluation
Grants and Awards listed are those received whilst working with the University of Glasgow.
- Exploring intersections of norms of female sexuality and abortion stigma: a preparatory qualitative secondary analysis study
2018 - 2018
- ESRC-IAA: The Abortion Act at 50: Still disputed ground?
Economic and Social Research Council
2014 - 2018
- menstrual health
I am currently interested in supervising postgraduate studenst in the areas of: