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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, politics of reproduction, gender, social movements, medico-legal nexuses, authoritative and contested knowledge

PhD Working Title

After the Eighth: An Ethnography of Abortion Liberalisation in Ireland 


Dr Lucy Lowe

Dr Jessica Cooper


Alice Brown PhD Scholarship

Parkes Foundation PhD Grant 

Awards & Honours

2019 Council on Anthropology and Reproduction (CAR) Graduate Student Paper Award

2017 Dean's List, University College London


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

MSc in Medical Anthropology, University College London

BA in English, University of Bristol


Eades, L. (2020). 'What do abortion pills mean during a pandemic?'. Covid-19 Perspectives Blog, 8 May.

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.

Teaching Experience

Social Anthropology 1A: The Life Course

Social Anthropology 1B: Anthropology Matters

Anthropology of Sex and Reproduction

Anthropology of Health and Healing

Workshops Organised

Organiser, Edinburgh Abortion Rights Film Festival (supported by an SPSS Research Student-led Special Projects Grant). March 2020.

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

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

Memberships & Affiliations

Edinburgh Centre for Medical Anthropology member

Reproduction Edinburgh (RED) Network member

Students of Medical Anthropology representative

Re:think - a journal of creative ethnography editorial assistant