Dr Phillippa Wiseman
- Senior Lecturer (Sociology)
- Associate (School of Health & Wellbeing)
Phillippa has been in the Sociology subject since 2010. She received her MA in Anthropology and Politics at the University of Glasgow in 2006, and her MSc in Human Rights and International Law in 2007. Phillippa completed her PhD in Sociology in 2014, this focused on disabled young people's everyday embodied expeirences of intimate citizenship.
Phillippa has worked on a number of different research projects focusing on the impact of austerity on disabled people, people with learning disabilities' experiences of everyday forms of violence, gender-based violence and reproductives inequalities. Phillippa has also worked on projects focusing on menstruation and menopause and disabled people's access to toilets. She has a core focus on critical feminist methodologies, and critical phenomenology.
Phillippa is currently interested in menstruation and embodiment, menstrual equality, disabled women and embodied experience, and disabled women and pregnancy. She has been a member of the Centre for Disability Research since 2009.
Phillippa's overarching research interests are focused on embodiment and bodies (in particular, the expeirences of disabled women).
She uses feminist emancipatory and phenomenological methodologies to better make sense of the ways in which disabled people experiences of oppression and marginality are embodied, and how disabled people's bodies are devalued in ableist normative social structures. Through this, Phillippa is interested in how certain bodies, or bodily experiences, are made invisible through these structures and how particular social spaces (such as toilets) are interwoven in these processes.
Phillippa explored this in detail in her co-edited monograph Down the Pan: New Directions in the Sociology of Dirt (2019)
Phillippa is particularly interested in inclusive research methods, and feminist phenomenologies. Phillippa has contributed to innovating methods during the pandemic, developing inclusive methodologies in partnership with people with learning disabilities and critically engaging with the ethics of representation and inclusion.
Phillippa is a member of the Centre for Disability Research at the University of Glasgow.
My research has been funded by:
- UKRI/Economic and Social Research Council
- The Sociological Review Foundation
- Chief Scientist Office (Scotland)
- Scottish Government
- Third Sector Organisations
Phillippa would be pleased to undertake doctoral supervision in the areas listed below.
Areas of research interest:
- Embodiment, bodies and experience
- Disablement, disability and embodiment
- Gender, menstruation and reproduction
- Gender-based violence
- Feminist methodologies
- Critical phenomenology
Current PhD Supervision
Huizi Xi - Chinese women's experiences of abortion and decision making.
Nafsika Zarkou - How is mothering a disabled child experienced by Pakistani women in Scotland?
- Zarkou, Nafsika
How is mothering a disabled child experienced by Pakistani women in Scotland?
Mads Wedel Kristensen: Embodiment, Identity and Tattooing
Natalie Moffatt: Multi-sited ethnography of the social life of disposable menstrual products
Kristina Saunders: Relational reproduction: exploring women's reproductive decision making in the context of individualization, neoliberalism, and postfeminism
Understanding Disability (Sociology, Level 1B)
Health and Culture (recurring guest lecturer)