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Leah McCabe

Leah McCabe
Name
Leah McCabe
Title
Organisation
Social Policy School of Social and Political Science University of Edinburgh
Address
Edinburgh UK EH8 9LD
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Research Interests
Feminism, Scottish Devolution, domestic abuse, feminising policy, Gender & intersectionality, Policy change, critical frame analysis, women's and social movements, frame theory, Feminist institutionalism
URL
http://www.sps.ed.ac.uk/gradschool/community_and_representation/research_student_profiles/social_policy/leah_mccabe

PhD Title

Gendering Change: Tracing domestic abuse policy discourses and directions in Scotland from 1998

Research Interests

My thesis traces how domestic abuse policy has been framed since 1998, and employs an intersectional approach to explore the extent to which children and young people and black and minority ethnic (BME) women have been conceptualised and represented in policy. I employ feminist discursive institutionalism (FDI) to examine how actors frame the debate and negotiate the 'new' institutional space, and the power dynamics in framing policy whereby some perspectives, ideas and frames are marginalised. This single case study employs multiple qualitative methods: process tracing, semi-structured interviews, and document analysis

Supervisors

Meryl Kenny

Claire Houghton 

Education

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

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

Teaching

Sociology 1A: The Sociological Imagination: Individuals and Society, University of Edinburgh, 2017-18

Senior Tutor on the Politics of the Welfare State, University of Edinburgh, 2017-18 and 2018-19

Understanding Gender in Contemporary World: Key Concepts, Controversies and Challenges, 2018-19 and 2019-2020

Contemporary Feminist Debates (Honours), University of Edinburgh, 2019-20

Introduction to British Politics, University of Edinburgh, 2019-20

Research Experience

Scottish Government-SGSSS PhD Internship, Scottish Sentencing Council, 2018

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

Research Assistant, Social Policy Impact Case Study for REF 2021, 2019

Research Assistant, Scottish Women's Aid, research placement for MSc Gender Studies, 2016

Publication & Conference Papers

McCabe, L. (in progress) 'Framing, Intersectionality and Policy Change: Domestic abuse policy-making in Scotland since 1998'

McCabe, L. (forthcoming) Review of Oona Brooks-Hay, Michele Burman and Clare McFeely, Domestic Abuse: Contemporary Perspectives and Innovative Practices, Policy and Practice in Health and Social Care: 22, 2018. Edinburgh; London: Dunedin Academic Press. Social Policy and Administration

Sept 2019 European Conference on Domestic Violence, University of Oslo, 3rd European Conference 2019 ‘Framing, Intersectionality and Policy Change: Domestic abuse policy-making in Scotland since 1998’

July 2019 European Conference on Politics and Gender, University of Amsterdam, ‘Framing, Intersectionality and Policy Change: Domestic abuse policy-making in Scotland since 1998’

April 2019 Political Studies Association, University of Nottingham Trent, 69th PSA Annual International Conference 2019, PSA Women and Politics, and Ethnicity, Migration and Intersectionality Specialist Group, ‘Framing, Intersectionality and Policy Change: Domestic abuse policy-making in Scotland since 1998’

April 2018 'The ‘Power of Naming’ the problem: Domestic abuse policy discourses and directions and intersectionality in Scotland since 1990',  At the Intersections, PSA Women & BSA Race, University of Birmingham 

July 2018: 'The ‘Power of Naming’ the problem: Domestic abuse policy discourses and directions and intersectionality in Scotland since 1990', Social Policy Association Conference 2018, University of York

August 2018: 'Visbility and Voice in Policymaking: Intersectionality and domestic abuse policy discourses and directions in Scotland since 1990', European Consortium for Political Research General Conference, University of Hamburg

Conference and Workshop Organisation

June 2019 Co-organiser of ‘Intersections: Investigating Gender Through an Interdisciplinary Approach’ conference, Post-Graduate Gender Research Network of Scotland (PGRNS), University of Edinburgh

May 2019 Co-chair of Gender Politics Research Group session ‘Intersectionality, Decolonising, and the Synergies Between the Two’, University of Edinburgh

March 2019 Co-organiser of ‘Equality and Intersectionality’ event, Norton Park Conference Centre, Edinburgh 

Relevant Work Experience

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

Postgraduate Gender Research Network (PGRNS) Scotland Committee Member, 2018-19

Membership

Centre for Research on Families and Relationships, Associate PhD student

Gender Politics Research Group, PhD student

British Politics Research Group, PhD student

Political Studies Association, Women & Politics specialist group, Race, Migratioan & Intersectionality specialist group, PhD student

Gender and Politics, ECPR Standing Group