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Dr Lesley Hoggart

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  • Central Academic Staff
  • Associate Head of School, Research & Scholarship
  • Faculty of Wellbeing, Education & Language Studies
  • School of Health, Wellbeing and Social Care
  • Health and Social Care
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Professional biography

Dr. Lesley Hoggart is Associate Head of School (reserach excellence) in the School of Health, Wellbeing and Social Care at the Open University. She specialises in qualitative research, and spent many years working in the qualitative research group at the Policy Studies Institute. Her research interests are focused on reproductive health, abortion policy and politics, teenage pregnancy and sexual health. Her recent publications include:Hoggart, L. and Newton, V. ‘The contraceptive implant: understanding how experiencing side effects may challenge bodily control and lead to removal’, Reproductive Health Matters, 21(41) pp.196-204; Hoggart, L., Newton, V. and Dickson, J.  (2013) '”I think it depends on the body, with mine it didn't work”: explaining young women's decisions to request subdermal contraceptive implant removal.’ Contraception.   Hoggart, L. (2012)  ‘“I’m pregnant ... what am I going to do?” An examination of value judgements and moral frameworks in teenage pregnancy decision making.’ Health, Risk and Society. 14:6.

Lesley is currently Associate Head of School, Research.

 

Research interests

Lesley's research interests are focused on reproductive health, abortion policy and politics, teenage pregnancy and sexual health. She is currently involved in the following research projects:

  • Principal Investigator. An integrated programme of knowledge exchange activities designed to challenge abortion stigma in the UK. ‘Abortion Stories: showing and telling’ is a public engagement project based on research on women’s experiences of abortion in England.
  • Principal Investigator: A mixed method investigation into the acceptability of intrauterine contraception, from the perspectives of women, GPs and Practice Nurses. Funded by Bayer Pharmaceutical.
  • Bilateral ESRC research grant, Perpetration of intimate partner violence by males in substance abuse treatment: a cross-cultural research learning alliance. Bilateral ESRC/FAPESP programme. Member of local learning alliance, with Gail Gilchrist , Kings College London, as Project Leader.
  • Principal Investigator: Investigating relationships between post abortion sexual and contraceptive behaviour and unwanted pregnancies among young women (under 25) in England and Wales: a qualitative longitudinal study. Funded by Marie Stopes International. 

 

Previous research projects include: 

  • Principal Applicant: ESRC Seminar Series on Understanding the Young Sexual Body. In collaboration with Kings College London, Institute of Education, Anglia Ruskin University and Cardiff University. 
  • Principal Investigator: Menstruation and Contraception: social and cultural influences on young women's decision-making. British Academy small grant (2011/13). 
  • Principal Investigator: Pan-London research on understanding LARC adherence amongst young women. London Sexual Health Programme. 
  • Principal Investigator: Evaluating sexual health outreach services for socially excluded young people. In collaboration with Kent County Council. 

Teaching interests

Public Health, Social Science Research Methods

Visiting Scholar: University of Ulster October to November 2014

Research Activity

Externally funded projects

Abortion Stories: showing and telling

RoleStart dateEnd dateFunding source
Lead01/Apr/201731/Jan/2018ESRC Economic and Social Research Council;University of Oxford
This project comprises two strands of an integrated programme of knowledge exchange activities designed to challenge abortion stigma in the UK. ‘Abortion Stories: showing and telling’ is a public engagement project based on research on women’s experiences of abortion in England. The project will comprise a multimedia installation that would enable participants to watch/listen to women's stories, and potentially contribute their own story; and the development of an associated on-line website. The installation will be co-designed by the academic and non-academic partners, and the website will be publicised (and linked) by all the partners.

Abortion morality and abortion stigma: developing social media resources

RoleStart dateEnd dateFunding source
Lead01/Nov/201628/Feb/2017ESRC Economic and Social Research Council;University of Oxford
We will facilitate a workshop that will enable Oxford University, The Open University, and other academic and non-academic partners to develop a knowledge exchange project for challenging abortion stigma alongside an ongoing exploration of the moral dimensions of abortion decision-making. This project will be a knowledge exchange and development activity based: firstly, findings from a completed research project on young women’s abortion experiences (The Open University, Hoggart); secondly, YouTube films based on the young women’s abortion narratives that have already been produced. Academics and practitioners will work together to disseminate the films, and develop a proposal for evaluation, and further development.

TRANSFER-IN: A mixed method investigation into the acceptability of intrauterine contraception, from the perspectives of women, GPs and Practice Nurses

RoleStart dateEnd dateFunding source
Lead01/Apr/201431/Dec/2016Bayer Bayer HealthCare
The overall aim of the study is to understand the barriers to uptake of intrauterine contraception (the IUS and the IUD) in General Practice in the UK. The project investigates the acceptability, or otherwise, of these methods to women aged 18-49; and also any barriers that can be identified by two groups of professionals: general practitioners, and practice nurses.

TRANSFER-IN: 'Bilateral ESRC/FAPESP' Perpetration of intimate partner violence by males in substance abuse treatment: a cross-cultural research learning alliance

RoleStart dateEnd dateFunding source
Lead17/Mar/201416/Mar/2016ESRC Economic and Social Research Council
The aim of this research project is to quantitatively and qualitatively examine and compare the prevalence and cultural construction of intimate partner violence (IPV) perpetration by males in substance abuse treatment in London and São Paulo. For the purpose of this study, IPV refers to physical, sexual or psychological abuse or controlling behaviour perpetrated by male substance abusers against their current or ex female partner/wife. The findings will inform the development of a cultural theory of IPV perpetration and substance abuse, and a theory based IPV assessment instrument for people engaged in substance abuse treatment. In addition, current strategies, protocols and care pathways for male substance abusing IPV perpetrators in both London and São Paulo will be reviewed, and key stakeholders will be interviewed to identify the barriers and facilitators to working with this client group. The research will inform the development of an evidence and theory based cross-cultural Capacity Framework and training resource for working effectively with male IPV perpetrators in substance abuse treatment. International and local Learning Alliances of expert academics, practitioners, voluntary organisations, charities, policy makers and service users will be established at the initiation of the project; to strengthen and support the exchange and dissemination of information, determine how alcohol and drug services can best respond to IPV perpetration by male clients and enhance translation of findings to policy and practice in England, Brazil, Spain and the US.

Determinants of post abortion sexual and contraceptive behaviour that result in repeat abortion among young women (under 25yrs) in England and Wales: a mixed method study

RoleStart dateEnd dateFunding source
Lead01/Jan/201431/Jul/2016MSI Marie Stopes International
This research is an exploratory study that seeks to identify the behavioural, social and service related factors associated with why young women under 25 years continue to practice sexual behaviour that puts them at risk of repeat unintended and unwanted pregnancy and abortion . This study also aims to identify more effective ways of providing young women with information and services that encourage safer sexual health behaviours, such as more effective use of contraception post abortion to reduce the incidence of repeat abortion; and to provide recommendations to policy makers, commissioners and service providers accordingly. The policy objective of reducing abortions and repeat abortions will be informed by the critical examination of different influences on individual behaviour.

TRANSFER IN: Menstruation and contraception: social and cultural influences on young women's decision making

RoleStart dateEnd dateFunding source
Lead22/Oct/201331/Jul/2014BRITAC British Academy
Helping young women to exercise effective reproductive control and avoid unintended pregnancy remains a public health priority. However, hormonal contraceptives (the Pill, contraceptive implant, Depo-Provera injection, Mirena coil) can cause side-effects, the most common being changes to uterine bleeding patterns (French 2009). Altered bleeding patterns have been identified by some studies as the main reason for the discontinuation of hormonal methods. Literature also suggests, however, that reasons behind contraceptive choice are complex and there are many influencing factors in addition to pregnancy avoidance. This study aimed to provide insight into these factors by examining young women’s informal learning and vernacular knowledge about menstruation and contraception, and analysing the impact this had on their contraceptive decision making. Qualitative data was collected by means of 6 focus groups and 12 one-to-one interviews with young women. Emerging themes were shared during 2-3 practitioner interviews, allowing for a service-provider insight into the research findings.

Publications

The need to improve fertility awareness (2017-06)
Harper, Joyce; Boivin, Jacky; O'Neill, Helen C.; Brian, Kate; Dhingra, Jennifer; Dugdale, Grace; Edwards, Genevieve; Emmerson, Lucy; Grace, Bola; Hadley, Alison; Hamzic, Laura; Heathcote, Jenny; Hepburn, Jessica; Hoggart, Lesley; Kisby, Fiona; Mann, Sue; Norcross, Sarah; Regan, Lesley; Seenan, Susan; Stephenson, Judith; Walker, Harry and Balen, Adam
Reproductive Biomedicine and Society Online, 4 (pp. 18-20)
Abortion embedded and embodied in social relations: Challenges for feminist psychology (2017-05-01)
Marecek, Jeanne; Macleod, Catriona and Hoggart, Lesley
Feminism and Psychology, 27(2) (pp. 133-143)
Internalised abortion stigma: Young women’s strategies of resistance and rejection (2017-03-01)
Hoggart, Lesley
Feminism and Psychology, 27(2) (pp. 186-202)
Collaboration or collusion? Involving research users in applied social research (2017-03)
Hoggart, Lesley
Women's Studies International Forum, 61 (pp. 100-107)
Abortion in legal, social, and healthcare contexts (2017-02-01)
Marecek, Jeanne; Macleod, Catriona and Hoggart, Lesley
Feminism and Psychology, 27(1) (pp. 4-14)
‘Repeat abortion’, a phrase to be avoided? Qualitative insights into labelling and stigma (2017-01-01)
Hoggart, Lesley; Newton, Victoria Louise and Bury, Louise
Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care, 43(1) (pp. 26-30)
Predictors of non-use of intrauterine contraception among women aged 18-49 years in a general practice setting in the UK (2016-10-21)
Walker, Susan H.; Newton, Victoria L.; Hoggart, Lesley and Parker, Mike J.
Open Access Journal of Contraception, 7 (pp. 155-160)
Hormonal contraception and regulation of menstruation: a study of young women's attitudes towards ‘having a period’ (2015-07-01)
Newton, Victoria Louise and Hoggart, Lesley
Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care, 41(3) (pp. 210-215)
Abortion Counselling in Britain: Understanding the Controversy (2015-05)
Hoggart, Lesley
Sociology Compass, 9(5) (pp. 365-378)
Unanticipated bleeding with the etonogestrel implant: advice and therapeutic interventions. (2014-07)
Dickson, Jane; Hoggart, Lesley and Newton, Victoria Louise
Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care, 40(3) (pp. 158-160)
'I think it depends on the body, with mine it didn't work': explaining young women's contraceptive implant removal. (2013-11)
Hoggart, Lesley; Newton, Victoria Louise and Dickson, Jane
Contraception, 88(5) (pp. 636-640)
Young women's experiences of side-effects from contraceptive implants: a challenge to bodily control (2013-05)
Hoggart, Lesley and Newton, Victoria Louise
Reproductive Health Matters, 21(41) (pp. 196-204)
‘I’m pregnant … what am I going to do?’ An examination of value judgements and moral frameworks in teenage pregnancy decision making (2012-09)
Hoggart, Lesley
Health, Risk & Society, 14(6) (pp. 533-549)
Teenage pregnancies that end in abortion: what can they tell us about contraceptive risk-taking? (2011-04)
Hoggart, Lesley and Phillips, Joan
Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care, 37(2) (pp. 97-102)
Rewarding responsibility? Long-term unemployed men and the welfare-to-work agenda (2009-12)
Ray, Kathryn; Hoggart, Lesley; Taylor, Rebecca; Vegeris, Sandra and Campbell-Barr, Verity
Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, 27(6) (pp. 975-990)
Observing the implementation of a social experiment (2008-08)
Walker, Robert; Hoggart, Lesley and Hamilton, Gayle
Evidence & Policy: A Journal of Research, Debate and Practice, 4(3) (pp. 183-203)
Random assignment and informed consent: a case study of multiple perspectives (2008-06)
Walker, Robert; Hoggart, Lesley and Hamilton, Gayle
American Journal of Evaluation, 29(2) (pp. 156-174)
Feminist Campaigns for Birth Control and Abortion Rights in Britain (2003-04)
Hoggart, Lesley
Studies in British History
ISBN : 0-7734-6868-4 | Publisher : The Edwin Mellen Press
Menstruation and contraception: social and cultural issues on young women's decision making (2015-10)
Newton, Victoria and Hoggart, Lesley
In : North American Forum on Family Planning (14-16 November 2015, Chicago) (p 403)
UK abortion study: “I didn't think it would happen to me.” Young women's accounts of preabortion contraceptive use (2015-10)
Hoggart, Lesley and Newton, Victoria
In : North American Forum on Family Planning 2015 (14-16 November 2015, Chicago) (p 399)
Young women's experiences of unintended pregnancy and abortion: key findings (2015-10)
Bury, Louise; Hoggart, Lesley and Newton, Victoria Louise
The Open University, Milton Keynes, UK.
"How could this happen to me?": Young women's experiences of unintended pregnancies: a qualitative study (2015-10)
Hoggart, Lesley; Newton, Victoria Louise and Bury, Louise
The Open University, Milton Keynes, UK.
"I thought i was protected" Abortion, contraceptive uptake and use among young women: a quantitative survey (2014-04)
Bury, Louise; Hoggart, Lesley and Newton, Victoria Louise
The Open University, Milton Keynes, UK.
Young people in London: abortion and repeat abortion (2010-01)
Hoggart, Lesley; Phillips, Joan; Birch, Angela and Koffman, Ofra
Government Office For London, London.
Better Off Working? Work, Poverty And Benefit Cycling (2010)
Ray, Kathryn; Hoggart, Lesley; Vegeris, Sandra and Taylor, Rebecca
Joseph Rowntree Foundation, York.

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