Dr Deirdre Duffy

Senior Lecturer in Sociology (Global Social Inequalities)

Research Overview

Deirdre Duffy is a sociologist and applied social scientist. She has a specific interest in governance, resistance, and inequities. Her work primarily focuses on reproductive (in)justice, abortion access, and abortion activism. She explores these topics in a range of geographic and political contexts in the Global North and Global South and they are the subject of her monograph Abortion Trail Activism: The Global Infrastructures for Abortion Access (Bloomsbury, 2024).

Dr Duffy is passionate about 'research for policy' and the transformative potential of social policy research (the focus of her 2017 monograph Evaluation and Governing in the 21st Century: Disciplinary Measures, Transformative Possibilities, Palgrave Studies in Science, Knowledge and Policy). She has actively contributed to processes intent on minimising inequities in abortion access through legal and political reform in Colombia and (Northern) Ireland.

Selected Publications

Law and childbirth in Ireland after the 8th Amendment: notes on women's legal consciousness
ENRIGHT, M., DUFFY, D. 31/12/2022 In: Journal of Law and Society. 49, 4, p. 753-777. 25 p.
Journal article

Abortion access and Colombia's legacy of civil war: between reproductive violence and reproductive governance
Daigle, M., Duffy, D.N., Castañeda, D.L. 5/07/2022 In: International Affairs. 98, 4, p. 1423-1448. 26 p.
Journal article

Information flow as reproductive governance. Patient journey analysis of information barriers and facilitators to abortion care in the republic of Ireland
Duffy, D., Mishtal, J., Grimes, L., Murphy, M., Reeves, K., Chakravarty, D., Chavkin, W., Favier, M., Horgan, P., Stifani, B., Lavelanet, A.F. 30/09/2022 In: SSM - Population Health. 19, 8 p.
Journal article

From Feminist Anarchy to Decolonisation: Understanding Abortion Health Activism Before and After the Repeal of the 8th Amendment
Duffy, D.N. 1/03/2020 In: Feminist Review. 124, 1, p. 69-85. 17 p.
Journal article

Queer Medical Humanities Network: Public Research Showcase
Participation in conference -Mixed Audience

  • Centre for Child and Family Justice Research