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Professor Lesley Hoggart
Professor Lesley Hoggart is the Director of Research for the School of Health, Wellbeing and Social Care at The Open University. Her research interests are focused on reproductive health; abortion policy and politics; teenage pregnancy and motherhood; and sexual health. Her recent publications include: 2017, Hoggart, L. ‘Internalised abortion stigma: young women’s strategies of resistance and rejection’, Feminism and Psychology; 2016, Hoggart, L. ‘Collaboration or collusion? Involving research users in applied social research’, Women’s Studies International Forum; 2015, Hoggart, L. and Newton, V. ‘The contraceptive implant: understanding how experiencing side effects may challenge bodily control and lead to removal’, Reproductive Health Matters. Her academic career is characterised by public engagement activities; public lectures; and engagement with policy-makers and practitioners. She regularly appears on discussion panels following theatre productions with an abortion story-line.
Lesley’s most recent academic work on understanding abortion stigma has resulted in the multi-media MyBodyMyLife Travelling Exhibition and website. MyBodyMyLife is a very successful social and cultural development project that has had a significant impact on people who have visited the exhibition, as evidenced in the evaluation documents and stories submitted on the website - for example: ‘I am grateful to the exhibition and this portal which has helped me heal. It made me feel I am not the only one. It made me feel connected to strangers who have had this experience and I am ever grateful to you for this’. It has enjoyed substantial reach through a number of media stories (Metro circulation on our item of 902,208 and BuzzFeed 1,628,000; the Independent with 111,086,494 unique browsers). Lesley’s research is based firmly on women’s experiences and her public engagement utilises story-telling to convey powerful messages.
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Professor Lesley Hoggart's activities
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Have you ever wondered what's involved in the surrogacy process? Find out what costs can be claimed by a surrogate as reasonable expenses and more.
04 Mar 2021
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Which country allows surrogates to legally accept payment for surrogacy from foreigners? Which European country only permits those in a heterosexual partnership or a single female to be intended parents? Professor Lesley Hoggart and Dr Sarah Earle, reveal some of the different rules in place for surrogacy around the world.
04 Mar 2021
As abortion becomes legal in Northern Ireland, we look back at our video collection on women's abortion experiences based on Open University research that shows how an unintended and unwanted pregnancy can easily happen, even when women are using contraception.
21 Oct 2019
In this video Daisy talks about contraception, her reasons for choosing to have an abortion and her thoughts on the procedure.
18 Jan 2017
23-year-old Sienna talks about why she chose to have an abortion after accidentally getting pregnant and how she felt after the termination.
18 Jan 2017
Aspiring dancer Lily, who is 18-years-old, explains why her choice of career was a big part of her decision to have an abortion.
18 Jan 2017
19-year-old Renee explains how, despite taking the morning after pill, she fell pregnant and why she opted for an abortion.
18 Jan 2017
Professor Lesley Hoggart's Research & Publications
Professor Lesley Hoggart (2019) Moral dilemmas and abortion decision-making: Lessons learnt from abortion research in England and Wales, In Global Public Health 1(14)
Carrie Purcell et al. (2019) Toward normalising abortion: Findings from a qualitative secondary analysis study, In Culture, Health and Sexuality
Susan Walker et al. (2018-04-12) "I think maybe 10 years seems a bit long." Beliefs and attitudes of women who had never used intrauterine contraception, In BMJ 2(44)
Professor Lesley Hoggart et al. (2018-03-06) Provider-based barriers to provision of intrauterine contraception in general practice, In BMJ 2(44)
Marge Berer and Professor Lesley Hoggart (2018-02) Editorial: Medical abortion pills have the potential to change everything about abortion, In Contraception 2(97)
Victoria Louise Newton and Professor Lesley Hoggart (2018) Aide Memoire: 10 tips for discussing IUC, The Open University
Joyce Harper et al. (2017-06) The need to improve fertility awareness, In Reproductive Biomedicine and Society Online(4)
Jeanne Marecek, Catriona Macleod and Professor Lesley Hoggart (2017-05-01) Abortion embedded and embodied in social relations: Challenges for feminist psychology, In Feminism & Psychology 2(27)
Professor Lesley Hoggart (2017-03) Collaboration or collusion? Involving research users in applied social research, In Women's Studies International Forum(61)
Professor Lesley Hoggart (2017-03-01) Internalised abortion stigma: Young women’s strategies of resistance and rejection, In Feminism & Psychology 2(27)
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