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Leah Eades

Leah Eades
Leah Eades
Social Anthropology
Research Interests
Medical Anthropology, Applied Anthropology, Feminist Anthropology, Reproductive Health, Reproductive Politics, Abortion, Medical Abortion

PhD Title

The Social Life of Abortion Pills in Britain and Ireland [working title]


Dr Lucy Lowe

Professor Ian Harper


Alice Brown PhD Scholarship 


PhD in Social Anthropology (in progress), University of Edinburgh

MSc in Medical Anthropology (distinction), University College London

BA in English (2.1), University of Bristol


Eades, L. (2019). ‘Social realities, biological realities: the 24-week fetus in contemporary English abortion activism’. Women's Studies International Forum, 74: 20-26

Eades, L. (2018). 'Unweirding the weird stuff’. Cultural Anthropology. Bateson Book Forum: The Resonance of Unseen Things. 11th Jun.

Eades, L. (2017). ‘Dialogical (de)medicalisation in British abortion activism’. UCL Medical Anthropology Blog. 21st Nov. 

Selected Conference Papers

Eades, L. (2019). 'The social life of abortion pills in Britain and Ireland'. Worlds Beyond Us: SoMA Symposium on the Human and Non-Human in Medical Anthropology. University of Edinburgh. 21st Feb.

Eades, L. (2018). ‘Contested biosociality: the tricky question of post-abortive identity’. Remaking Reproduction: The Global Politics of Reproductive Technologies. University of Cambridge. 27-29th Jun.

Eades, L. (2017). ‘Following the fetus: pregnancy loss, fetal remains, and cross-cultural management and disposal practices’. Waste: A Symposium. Birkbeck University. 21st Sep.

Eades, L. (2017). ‘Whose impact is it anyway? Issues of subjectivity, power, and hierarchy in fieldwork with “unloved groups”’. Impacts and its Discontents: Ethnography, Accountability, and Activism. Manchester University. 31st May. 


Tutor, Anthropology of Sex and Reproduction (honours course in social anthropology), 2018-19.

Workshops Organised

Co-organiser, Durham-Edinburgh Advanced Workshop for Anthropological Research on Health, Medicine, and Wellbeing. 1-2nd Apr 2019.

Convener, SoMA Book Club, 2018-present.

Memberships & Affiliations

Member of the Edinburgh Centre for Medical Anthropology.

Representative for Students of Medical Anthropology.

Editorial Assistant for Re:think - a journal for creative ethnography.