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School of Social and Political Science: Graduate school


Leah Eades

Leah Eades
Leah Eades
Social Anthropology School of Social and Political Science University of Edinburgh
Edinburgh EH8 9LD
Research Interests
Medical Anthropology, Feminist Anthropology, Reproductive Health, Reproductive Politics, Abortion

PhD Topic

Abortion liberalisation in Ireland


Dr Lucy Lowe

Professor Ian Harper


Alice Brown PhD Scholarship 


PhD in Social Anthropology (in progress), University of Edinburgh

MSc in Medical Anthropology (distinction), University College London

BA in English (2.1), University of Bristol


Eades, L. (2019). ‘Social realities, biological realities: the 24-week fetus in contemporary English abortion activism’. Women's Studies International Forum, 74: 20-26

Eades, L. (2017). ‘Dialogical (de)medicalisation in British abortion activism’. UCL Medical Anthropology Blog. 21 Nov. 

Selected Conference Papers

Eades, L. (2019). 'Accounting for the Anthropologist in the Social Lives of Medicines'. Medical Anthropology Young Scholars (MAYS) 10th Annual Meeting. University of Turin. 4-5th Jul.

Eades, L. (2019). ‘Abortion Pills: in the Post and in the Past’. BSA Human Reproduction Study Group Annual Conference. De Montfort University. 12th Jun. 

Eades, L. (2018). ‘Contested biosociality: the tricky question of post-abortive identity’. Remaking Reproduction: The Global Politics of Reproductive Technologies. University of Cambridge. 27-29th Jun.

Eades, L. (2017). ‘Following the fetus: pregnancy loss, fetal remains, and cross-cultural management and disposal practices’. Waste: A Symposium. Birkbeck University. 21st Sep.

Teaching Experience

Social Anthropology 1A: The Life Course (2019-20)

Social Anthropology 1B: Anthropology Matters (2019-20)

Anthropology of Sex and Reproduction (2018-19)

Workshops Organised

Resist: Abortion Rights, Access and Justice Workshop. University of Edinburgh. 19th July 2019.

Durham-Edinburgh Advanced Workshop for Anthropological Research on Health, Medicine, and Wellbeing. Durham University. 1-2nd Apr 2019.

Memberships & Affiliations

Member of the Edinburgh Centre for Medical Anthropology.

Founding member of the Reproduction Edinburgh (RED) Network.

Representative for Students of Medical Anthropology.