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School of Social and Political Science: Graduate school


Leah McCabe

Leah McCabe
Leah McCabe
Social Policy School of Social and Political Science University of Edinburgh
Edinburgh UK EH8 9LD
Research Interests
Feminism, Institutions and institutional change, women's movements, Scottish Devolution, gender and public policy, domestic abuse, feminising policy, Gender & intersectionality, policy discourses, Policy change, gender and political institutions

PhD Title

Gendering Change: Tracing domestic abuse policy discourses and directions in Scotland from 1990

Research Interests

My My PhD thesis examines the gendered dynamics of continuity and change in domestic abuse policy in Scotland since 1990. To fully understand how gender equality can be tackled, and how positive gender change occurs in institutions, this thesis will explore three aspects that will enable an exploration of the continuity and change of domestic abuse policy: actors, frames and institutions. This discerns the policy discourses and directions, the actors involved in influencing domestic abuse policy and debates and the institutions that domestic abuse policymaking occurs and how they fit together in enabling or constraining continuity and change in domestic abuse policy in Scotland over time. 


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Meryl Kenny


MA (Honours) Sociology and Politics, University of Edinburgh, 2015

MSc Gender Studies (Applied), University of Stirling, 2016


Sociology 1A: The Sociological Imagination: Individuals and Society, University of Edinburgh, 2017

Politics of the Welfare State, University of Edinburgh, 2018

Other Interests/Associations

Post-Graduate Social Policy and GPHU Representative, University of Edinburgh, 2017/18

Gender and Equality Images PhD Intern, Centre for Research Collection, University of Edinburgh, 2017/18

Centre for Research on Families and Relationships, Associate PhD student

Gender Politics Research Group, PhD student