Staff Member Biography
Carrie Purcellposition: Research Associate
phone: 0141 353 7628
University of Glasgow,
200, Renfield Street
Biography and Interests
Carrie Purcell is a Research Associate in the Social Relationships and Health Improvement Programme, at the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit. She is currently responsible for conducting a mixed methods study of women’s experiences of more than one abortion (WEMA); and a trial of peer-led intervention with secondary school pupils to improve sexual health (STASH).
Having previously worked as an Investigator Scientist in the Sexual Health team, Carrie returned to the SPHSU in March 2015 to join the Social Relationships and Health Improvement Programme. Carrie's holds an MA(SocSci) in Sociology from the University of Glasgow, and an MSc and PhD in Sociology from the University of Edinburgh. Her research interests span sexual and reproductive health, abortion, young people, embodiment, experience of health professionals, and access to healthcare. She is currently carrying out mixed methods research on women's experience of having more than one abortion, funded by the Scottish Government.
Purcell C, Brown A, Melville C, McDaid. L. Women’s embodied experiences of second trimester medical abortion. Feminism and Psychology 2017;[epub ahead of print]open access
Heller R, Purcell C, Mackay L, Caird L, Cameron ST. Barriers to accessing termination of pregnancy in a remote and rural setting: a qualitative study. British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology 2016;123:1684-91open access
Purcell C, Cameron S, Lawton J, Glasier A, Harden J. Contraceptive care at the time of medical abortion: experiences of women and health professionals in a hospital or community sexual and reproductive health context. Contraception 2016;93:170–177open access
Purcell P, Cameron S, Lawton J, Glasier A, Harden J. The changing body work of abortion: a qualitative study of the experiences of health professionals. Sociology of Health and Illness 2016;39:78–94open access
Harden J, Purcell C, Rowa-Dewa N. Young people’s views and knowledge about abortion. Centre for Research on Families and Relationships Briefing 76, Edinburgh, 2015open access
Harden J, Purcell C. Addressing contraception at the time of abortion: experiences of women and health professionals. Centre for Research on Families and Relationships Briefing 77, 2015open access
Purcell C. The sociology of women's abortion experiences: recent research and future directions. Sociology Compass 2015;9:585-596open access
Purcell C . Phenomenology. In: Dingwall R, Cockerham W, Quah S, editors The Wiley-Blackwell encyclopedia of health, illness, behavior and society. Chicester: Blackwell , 2014.
Purcell C, Cameron S, Caird L, Flett G, Laird G, Melville C, McDaid LM. Access to and experience of later abortion: accounts from women in Scotland. Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health 2014;46:101–108open access
Purcell C, Hilton S, McDaid LM. The stigmatisation of abortion: a qualitative analysis of print media in Great Britain in 2010. Culture, Health & Sexuality 2014;16:1141-55open access
Purcell C . Touch in holistic massage: ambiguities and boundaries. In: Wokowitz C, Cohen R, Hardy K, Sanders T, editors Body/sex/work: intimate, embodied and sexualised labour. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.