Leah is a Teaching Fellow in Politics and International Relations 2021/22, teaching and lecturing on Introduction to British Politics and Political Thinkers.
Leah recently graduated with a PhD in Social Policy at the University of Edinburgh in 2021. Her thesis 'Change, Continuity, and Contestations: Framing Domestic Abuse Policy in Scotland Since 1998' was awarded the Political Studies Association Elizabeth Wiskemann prize for best dissertation in (in)equality and social justice 2021/22 and the University of Edinburgh's School of Social and Political Science Outstanding Thesis prize 2020/21. Her thesis traced how domestic abuse policy has been framed in post-devolution Scotland (1998-2018), drawing upon a feminist and intersectional approach to highlight key debates, contestations and resistance in framing the policy 'problem', complicating the dominant "success stories" of the Scottish case. Previous to graduating her PhD, Leah completed an MA in Politics and Sociology (Honours) at the University of Edinburgh and an MSc Gender Studies (Applied) at Stirling University.
Leah is an interdisciplinary social scientist (across social policy, politics and sociology) with various research interests including framing politics, intersectionality, gender politics, childhood theory, social movements, contentious politics, discursive and policy change, institutional and constitutional change, gender-based violence, and qualitative research methods.
PhD Social Policy, University of Edinburgh 2021
MA (Honours) Sociology and Politics, University of Edinburgh, 2015
MSc Gender Studies (Applied), University of Stirling, 2016
Teaching and Lecturing
Introduction to British Politics, 2019-20 and 2021-22 (Teaching Fellow and guest lecturer on Diversity, Intersectionality and Representation)
Political Thinkers, 2021-22 (Teaching Fellow)
Qualitative Research: Principles and Practicalities in Social Policy, Honours, (Teaching Fellow) 2021/21
Policy in Action, MSc, (Seminar leader and guest lecturer on framing policy) 2020/21
Gender, Power and Representation, Honours, 2020/21
European Social Policy, (Senior tutor), 2020/21
Contemporary Feminist Debates, Honours (tutor and guest lecturer on violence against women and girls), 2019/20 and 2020/21
Understanding Gender in Contemporary World: Key Concepts, Controversies and Challenges, 2018/19 and 2019/2020
Sociology 1A: The Sociological Imagination: Individuals and Society, 2017-18
Politics of the Welfare State, (Senior tutor), 2017-18 and 2018-19
Teaching Awards and Nominations
School of Social and Political Science Gray Scholarship Award 2018/19 nomination for contributor to Learning and Teaching
Edinburgh University Students’ Association 2019 Teaching Award nomination for the ‘Best Student Who Tutors Award’ for the Politics of the Welfare State course.
Edinburgh Teaching Award (EdTA), working towards Associate Fellow to Higher Education Academy
Research assistant, awarded PTAS grant ‘Transforming Staff-Student Partnerships: Co-creating curriculum through the course Understanding Gender in the Contemporary World’
Research fellow (2021-22), DAHLIA- 19, an international research study exploring domestic abuse policy and practice for survivors, children and perpetrators during the Covid-19 pandemic.
McCabe, L. (2019) 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, 54(1):178-179
Richardson Foster, McCabe, L., Shorrock, S., Houghton, C., Meinck, F., Barter C. & Stanley, N. (2022) Community Touchpoints: New Portals to Services and Safety. University of Central Lancashire and University of Edinburgh.
Stanley, N., Barter, C., Farrelly, N., Houghton, C., McCabe, L., Meinck, F., Richardson Foster, H. & Shorrock, S. (2021) Innovation, Collaboration and Adaptation: The UK Response to Domestic Abuse under Covid-19. University of Central Lancashire and University of Edinburgh.
Conference Papers and Presentations
July 2022, European Conference on Politics and Gender, University of Ljubljana, 'The Politics of Framing: Anti-Gender Resistance and Framing Domestic Abuse Policy in Scotland'
July 2022, European Conference on Politics and Gender, University of Ljubljana, 'Competing concepts of intersectionality: Operationalising intersectionality in equality policy and practice' (with Dr Ashlee Christoffersen, UoE)
Sept 2021 European Conference on Domestic Violence, University of Ljubljana, Domestic Abuse: Harnessing Learning Internationally under COVID-19 symposium, ‘DAHLIA-19: Policy and Practice Approaches to Domestic Abuse: under COVID-19 in the UK’
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: 'Visibility 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
Internships and Research Placements
Scottish Graduate School of Social Sciences-Scottish Government, PhD Intern, Scottish Sentencing Council (SSC) (2018)
Gender and Equality Images PhD Intern, Centre for Research Collections, University of Edinburgh (2018)
Scottish Women's Aid, MSc Gender Studies research placement (2016)
Research Networks and Membership
Research Associate, Centre for Research on Families and Relationships, University of Edinburgh
Gender Politics Research Group, University of Edinburgh
Gender and Politics Standing Group, European Consortium for Political Research
Political Studies Association
Leah is not currently accepting new PhD students