Professor Gayle Letherby
Profiles

Professor Gayle Letherby

Visiting Specialist

School of Health Professions (NC) (Faculty of Health & Human Sciences (NC))

Role

 

Professor of Sociology
Director of the Institute of Health and Community

Qualifications

BA (Hons) in Sociology (1st Class) Staffordshire Polytechnic (July 1990)

PhD (Sociology) Staffordshire University (September 1997)

Professional membership

Professional Associations 

Member - British Sociological Association (BSA) 1990 – member of various committees since 1993, including Chair of Equality of the Sexes Committee 1997 – 1998 and Vice Chair of National Executive Committee 2004 – 2006, Chair of National Executive Committee/Council 2006 - 2009  

Also, co-convenor of Human Reproduction Study Group 1994 – 2002, steering group member for Family Studies Group 2005 – 2007, co-convenor South WestRegional MedSoc Group 2007 -  

Member – American Sociological Association 2004 -

Member – Women in Higher Education Network (WHEN) 1993 – (co-Chair 2000 – 2003)

Member – Association of Research on Mothering (ARM) 1997 (UK link 2000 – 2002)

Member - Institute of Learning and Teaching 2002 – 

External Assessor on Promotion Applications  

Coventry University (Reader)
Open University (Professor)
Oxford Brookes University (Reader)
University of Warwick (Reader; Visiting Professor, Professor)
University of Central England (Professor)
York St John, a college of the University of Leeds (Reader)
Aston University (Senior Lecturer)
Anglia Ruskin University (Reader)
Wolverhampton University (Professor)  

HONOURS: In October 2007 I was appointed an Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences.

Roles on external bodies

Editorial Boards

 Editor: With Ross Coomber (Plymouth) I am the co-editor of Sociological Research Online 2009 – 2012

With Mark Hyde, Nick Johns and Michael Sheppard (Plymouth) I am the co-editor of Social and Public Policy Review 2008 -

 Book Review Editor: I was the book review editor (and a board member) for the journal Gender and Education (2001 – 2004). I was book review co-editor (with Sue Gregory, Edinburgh University) for the journal Sociology of Health and Illness (2003 - 2007).  

Board Chair: I was a member of the Editorial Board of Sociological Research Online 1999 – 2009 and Chair of the Editorial Board (2003- 2009).   

Board Member: I am a board member of the journals Women’s Studies International Forum, Reinvention: a journal of undergraduate research, Methodological Innovations. 

Guest Journal Editor: with Pam Cotterill (Staffordshire) I was guest editor for a double-edition of Women's Studies International Forum the title of which is ‘Women in Higher Education: issues and challenges’ (Vol 28 (2-3) summer 2005); with Pam Cotterill (Staffordshire) and Christina Hughes (Warwick) I was guest editor for an edition of Studies in Higher Education the title of which is ‘Transgressions and Gender in Higher Education’ (Vol 31 (4) August 2006).

Teaching interests

Methods, Methodology and Epistemology: interests include feminist methodology and epistemology together with practical elements of ‘doing feminist research’; general dilemmas in the field (e.g. ethics, power, emotion); auto/biography.

 

Family, Kinship and Identity: interests include motherhood and non-motherhood; parenthood and non-parenthood; foster care; teenage pregnancy and young parenthood; ‘reconstructed’ families.

 

Medicine, Health and Caring: interests include theoretical approaches, scientific knowledge and power, women and men and health care, the NHS and inequalities in health care, reproductive issues, ‘alternative’ therapies, politics, morality and medicine.

 

Sex, Sexuality, Power and Oppression: interests include interpersonal violence, prostitution, sexuality and identity.

 

Sociology of Crime and Deviance, Criminology: interests include theoretical perspectives, prisons and imprisonment.

 

Currently module leader for:
MSR503 Qualitative Approaches in Social Research (with Alison Anderson)

 

I also contribute to several other undergraduate and masters level modules and supervise undergraduate and mastes dissertation students and MPhil and PhD students.

Staff serving as external examiners

EXTERNAL EXAMINING

Undergraduate 

-          Sociology/Social Science at Bath Spa University College (2002 - 2006). (Appointed as advisor to new external examiner 2006-2007)
-          Gender and Sociology; Gender and Cultural Studies at University of Warwick (2004)
-          Combined Honours in Sociology at Oxford Brookes University (2004 – 2008)
-          Community Studies at York St John, a college of the University of Leeds (2004-2007)
-          Sociology at University of Portsmouth (2008 -2011)
-          Social Sciences, Senior Examiner, Staffordshire University (2009 – 2013).

 Masters 

-          MA Sociological Research, University of Sheffield,  2008 – 2012 (+ generic methods modules for MA Sociological Research, MA Global Social Policy and MA International Childhood Studies) University of Sheffield (2009 – 2012) 

Research Postgraduate (EXTERNAL) 

-          (Late Pregnancy and Miscarriage, PhD) Bristol University (March 2004)

-          (Sex Education in Walsall, MPhil) University of Wolverhampton (July 2004, resubmission requested)

-          (Women and Higher Education, PhD) Toronto University (October 2004)

-          (Gender, Sexuality and Teaching, PhD) Warwick University (March 2005)

-          (Doctors  and Women’s Experience of the abortion PhD) Nottingham Trent University (June 2005, resubmission requested - awarded Summer 2006)

-          (Chinese Women and Sport, PhD) DeMontford University (July 2006)

-          (The Experience of Disabled Social Workers, PhD) Staffordshire University (July 2006)

-          (The Experience of Prison Officers, PhD) Staffordshire University (September 2006)

-           (Breast Health, PhD) LaTrobe University, Australia (December 2006)

-          (Gender and Career Advisors, PhD) Warwick University (January 2007)

-          (Gender and Education, PhD) Queens University, Belfast) (November 2007)

-          (Heterosexual Mothers of Homosexual Sons, PhD) York University (February 2008)

-          (Gynaecological governance: femininity, responsibility and self-care among women with endometriosis, PhD) Monash University, Australia (September 2008)

-          (Childlessness in Australia, PhD) University of Melbourne (December 2008)

-          (Shaping textile-making as an occupational domain: perspectives, contexts and meanings, PhD) Cardiff University (June 2009)

-           (Occupational Therapist’s narratives of the Self as Therapist) University of Southampton, EdD (December 2009)

-           (An ethnography of participation, engagement and social life in an everyday public library, PhD) Cardiff University (January 2010)

-          (Infertility and Age, PhD) University of Essex (January 2010)

-          (Loss and Stillbirth, PhD) University of Bristol (May 2010)

-          (Older mothers and work, PhD) University of Limerick (Oct 2010)

Research interests

Method, methodology and epistemology (including feminist research and auto/biography); reproductive and non/parental identities; the ‘family’ and identity; teaching and learning in higher education; prisons and imprisonment; the sociology of travel and transport.

 

Research degrees awarded to supervised students

-          Sue Melling (MPhil) ‘Parental, Maternal and Paternal Roles Related to ‘Family-Centred’ Care  (AWARDED 2000 DoS)

-          Louise Conneelley (PhD) 'The impact of rehabilitation for those with Severe Head Injury. Perceptions of the Patient, Significant Others and Rehabilitation Team' (AWARDED 2001 Supervisor)

-          Kate Russell (PhD) ‘Body Image, Self-Esteem and Self-Identity: women’s participation motivation in rugby, cricket and netball’ (AWARDED 2002 Supervisor)

-          Liz Holmes (MPhil) ‘Performance Indicators for Family Centres: theoretical and practical issues’ (AWARDED 2002 Supervisor)

-          Nicola Bailey (MPhil) ‘Health Concepts and Social Context in Old Age: the conceptualisation of health related needs of people aged seventy-five and over in community care assessments’ (AWARDED 2005 Supervisor)

-          Zoebia Ali (PhD) ‘Experiences of Bangladeshi and Pakistani young people with disabilities’ (AWARDED 2005 Supervisor )

-          Patsy Staddon (PhD) ‘Making ‘Whoopee’: Women and Alcohol Use/Abuse’ (AWARDED 2009 DoS)

-          Kevin Hugill (PhD, University of Central Lancashire) ‘The Role of Fathers in Special Care Baby Units’ (AWARDED 2009 External Supervisor)

-          Sally Richards (PhD, Coventry University) ‘The Meanings of Gardens and Gardening for Older People’ (AWARDED 2010 External Supervisor)

-          Sarah Church (PhD, The Open University) ‘With Mother: the significance of the parental identity of midwives’ (AWARDED 2010 External Supervisor)

Grants & contracts

 

‘Semi-Supported Independent Housing for under 18 Lone Parents: Needs Assessment’ (Funded by Coventry Health Authority. AWARDED May 2001, £13,316. Research took place May 2001 – July 2001) (GL - grant applicant and principal investigator). 

‘Institutional Racism Evaluation’ (Funded by The Children’s Society. AWARDED November 2001, £10,000. Research took place November 2001 – March 2002) (GL – principal investigator). 

‘Needs Assessment: foster carers who provide placements for young people abusing substances’ (Funded by Warwickshire County Council. AWARDED December 2001, £30,000.  Research took place December 2001 – June 2002) (GL – grant applicant and principal investigator). 

‘Pregnancy and Post-Natal Experience of Young Women who become Pregnant under the Age of 20 Years’ (Funded by Coventry Health Authority. AWARDED January 2002, £24,000.  Research took place Feb 2002 – June 2002) (GL – grant applicant and principal investigator). 

‘Substance Abuse with reference to children/young people on the ‘at risk register’ and in ‘the looked after population’’ (Funded by Warwickshire County Council. AWARDED February 2002, £19,648. Research took place March 2002 - September 2002) (GL grant applicant and principal investigator). 

'Supported Housing Needs for Teenage Parents in Warwickshire (Funded by Warwickshire County Council. AWARDED March 2003, £15,860. Research took place April 2003 - July 2003) (GL - grant applicant and principal investigator). 

'Domestic Violence Commissioning Strategy for Coventry (Funded by Coventry City Council. AWARDED February 2003, £9,975.  Research took place April 2003 - October 2003) (Liz Gilchrist (Coventry University) and GL - grant applicants and principal investigators). 

'Experience and Support Needs of 'Young' Fathers' in Warwickshire (Funded by Warwickshire County Council. AWARDED December 2003, £22,822.  Research to take place March 2004 - October 2004) (GL - grant applicant and principal investigator). 

‘Power and Control in the Intimate and Personal Relationships of Pregnant Teenagers and Young Mothers’ (Funded by Coventry Primary Care Trust. AWARDED February 2004, £12,000. Research took place May 2004 – December 2005) (GL – grant applicant and principal investigator). 

Support Following and Prior to Termination and Miscarriage for Young Women – a pilot study (Funded by Coventry Primary Care Trust. AWARDED February 2004, £13,000.  Research took place September 2004 –December 2005) (GL and Louise Wallace (Coventry University) – grant applicants and principal investigators). 

Evaluation of Specialist Services for Young Parents (Funded by Coventry Primary Care Trust. AWARDED October 2004, £3,000. Research took place April 2005 – January 2005). (GL – grant applicant and principal investigator). 

‘Mother Centres, Feminist Pedagogy, and Young Motherhood: Creating Empowerment Programming for Young Mothers’ (Funded by SSHRC (Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada) International Opportunity Fund. AWARDED April 2008, $71,905. Research took place April 2008 – June 2009 (Andrea O’Reilly, York University, Ontario grant applicant and principal investigator, research team – Andrea O’Reilly; Deborah Byrd, Lafayette College, US; Deborah Keys, University of Melbourne, Australia; Gayle Letherby, University of Plymouth, UK; and Phyllis Montgomery of Laurentian University)  

‘An exploration of Mother/Daughter Relationships during Pregnancy and the Transition to Motherhood of Women with Pre Existing Diabetes’ (Funded by Diabetes UK. AWARDED May 2008, £8,000. Research took place June 2008 – December 2008). (Elizabeth Stenhouse (University of Plymouth) and GL grant applicants and principal investigators).

Research groups

  • Plymouth Inequalities Group

Key publications are highlighted

Journals
Articles
Davidson D & Letherby G 2014 'Griefwork online: Perinatal loss, lifecourse disruption and online support' HUMAN FERTILITY 17, (3) 214-217 Author Site , DOI
Hugill K, Letherby G, Reid T & Lavender T 2013 'Experiences of Fathers Shortly After the Birth of Their Preterm Infants' JOGNN-JOURNAL OF OBSTETRIC GYNECOLOGIC AND NEONATAL NURSING 42, (6) 655-663 Author Site , DOI
Tomlinson J, Letherby G, Pinkney J, Millward A & Stenhouse E 2013 'Raising awareness of polycystic ovary syndrome' Nurs Stand 27, (40) 35-39 Author Site
Letherby G 2013 'Rhetorica in Motion: Feminist Rhetorical Methods and Methodologies' QUALITATIVE RESEARCH 13, (1) 113-115 Author Site
Stenhouse E, Letherby G & Stephen N 2013 'Women with pre-existing diabetes and their experiences of maternity care services' Midwifery 29, (2) 148-153 Author Site , DOI
Letherby G, Wylie J, Tomlinson J, Pinkney J & Stenhouse E 2012 'Cardiovascular risk related to gestational diabetes and polycystic ovary syndrome: are women aware?' Diabetic Medicine
Letherby G, Smith G, Estcort M & Stenhouse E 2012 'Eat study: exploring the patient experience of changes in appetite and diet with incretin analogue therapy in Type 2 diabetes' Diabetic Medicine
Coomber R & Letherby G 2012 'Introduction to the Special Issue on the Use of Visual Methods in Social Research' SOCIOLOGICAL RESEARCH ONLINE 17, (1) Author Site , DOI
Letherby G, Stephen N & Stenhouse E 2012 'Pregnant women with pre-existing diabetes: family support in managing the pregnancy process' Hum Fertil (Camb) 15, (4) 200-204 Author Site , DOI
Letherby G, Tomlinson J, Pinkney J & Stenhouse E 2012 'Women with polycstic ovary syndromes understanding of the risks of Type 2 diabetes' Diabetic Medicine
Letherby G 2011 'Auto/Biographical Reflections on Personal and Other Legacies: Much more than money' Auto/Biography Yearbook 2010 N/A, 1-20
Stenhouse E & Letherby G 2011 'Mother/daughter relationships during pregnancy and the transition to motherhood of women with pre-existing diabetes: raising some issues' Midwifery 27, (2) 120-124 Author Site , DOI
Letherby G & Stenhouse E 2011 'Mother/daughter relationships during pregnancy and the transition to motherhood of women with pre-existing diabetes: raising some issues' Midwifery 27, (2) 120-124 , DOI
Arnot M, Walkerdine V, Letherby G & Seidler VJ 2011 'The Aftermath of Feminism: Gender, Culture and Social Change' SOCIOLOGY-THE JOURNAL OF THE BRITISH SOCIOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION 45, (4) 700-706 Author Site , DOI
Letherby G, Brown G & Brady G 2011 'Young Mothers’ Experiences of Power, Control and Violence Within Intimate and Familial Relationships' Child Care in Practice 17, (4) 359-374 , DOI
Letherby G, Stephen N & Stenhouse E 2010 'Being a pregnant woman with diabetes: managing the process' Diabetic Medicine 27,
Stenhouse E & Letherby G 2010 'Multidisciplinary Research in Midwifery: Reflecting on a Collaborative Working Relationship' Evidence Based Midwifery 8, (1) 17-20
Letherby G 2010 'Reflecting on Loss as a M/Other and a Feminist Sociologist' Journal of the Motherhood Initiative 1, (2)
Letherby G, Stephen N & Stenhouse E 2010 'Women with pre-existing diabetes and their experiences of Maternity Care Services' Diabetic Medicine 27,
Wilson C, Brown G, Brady G & Letherby G 2009 'How midwives can support young mothers' Pract Midwife 12, (5) 17-18 Author Site
Coomber R & Letherby G 2009 'Introduction to the Rapid Response on the Current Financial Crisis/'Credit Crunch'' SOCIOLOGICAL RESEARCH ONLINE 14, (2-3) Author Site
Letherby G 2008 'Mothers and Others: promoting healthy living through research’' Atlantis 32, (2)
Kirkman M & Letherby G 2008 'Some ‘Grimm’ Reflections on Mothers and Daughters: A fairy tale for our times' Journal for the Association for Research on Motherhood 10, (2)
Brady G, Brown G, Letherby G, Bayley J & Wallace LM 2008 'Young women’s experience of termination and miscarriage: a qualitative study' Human Fertility 11, (3) 186-190 , DOI
Brady G, Brown G, Letherby G, Bayley J & Wallace LM 2008 'Young women's experience of termination and miscarriage: a qualitative study' Hum Fertil (Camb) 11, (3) 186-190 Author Site , DOI
Earle S & Letherby G 2007 'Conceiving Time? Women who do or do not conceive' Sociol Health Illn 29, (2) 233-250 Author Site , DOI
Letherby G 2007 'Constructing risk and safety in technological practice' SOCIOLOGY OF HEALTH & ILLNESS 29, (7) 1109-1110 Author Site
Cotterill P, Hughes C & Letherby G 2006 'Editorial: Transgressions and gender in higher education' STUDIES IN HIGHER EDUCATION 31, (4) 403-406 Author Site , DOI
Letherby G 2006 'Ladies on the lot: Women, car sales, and the pursuit of the American dream' GENDER WORK AND ORGANIZATION 13, (4) 406-408 Author Site , DOI
Ramsay K & Letherby G 2006 'The experience of academic non-mothers in the gendered university' GENDER WORK AND ORGANIZATION 13, (1) 25-44 Author Site , DOI
Marchbank J & Letherby G 2006 'Views and perspectives of women's studies: a survey of women and men students' GENDER AND EDUCATION 18, (2) 157-182 Author Site , DOI
Letherby G 2005 'Body lore and laws' SOCIOLOGY OF HEALTH & ILLNESS 27, (4) 546-547 Author Site
Letherby G 2005 'Current issues and future trends in sociology: Extending the debate in sociological research Online' SOCIOLOGICAL RESEARCH ONLINE 10, (1) Author Site
Cotterill P & Letherby G 2005 'Women in higher education: Issues and challenges' WOMENS STUDIES INTERNATIONAL FORUM 28, (2-3) 109-113 Author Site , DOI
Letherby G 2004 'Infertility around the globe: New thinking on childlessness, gender, and reproductive technologies' SOCIOLOGY OF HEALTH & ILLNESS 26, (3) 375-376 Author Site
Letherby G 2004 'Quoting and counting: An autobiographical response to Oakley' SOCIOLOGY-THE JOURNAL OF THE BRITISH SOCIOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION 38, (1) 175-189 Author Site , DOI
Letherby G 2004 'Reply to Ann Oakley' SOCIOLOGY-THE JOURNAL OF THE BRITISH SOCIOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION 38, (1) 193-194 Author Site , DOI
Letherby G 2004 'Sexuality, gender and schooling: shifting agendas in social learning' GENDER AND EDUCATION 16, (2) 270-271 Author Site
Letherby G, Bailey N, Brown G, DiMarco H & Wilson C 2004 'Teenage Pregnancy and Young Motherhood: Medical encounters' British Jounral of Midwifery 12, (11)
MARCHBANK JEN, LETHERBY GAYLE, LANDER KAY, WALKER ANGELA & WILD ANDREA 2003 'Empowering and Enabling or Patronising and Pressurising?: Opening dialogues between staff and students' Gender and Education 15, (1) 75-90 , DOI
Letherby G & Reynolds G 2003 'Making connections: the relationship between train travel and the processes of work and leisure' SOCIOLOGICAL RESEARCH ONLINE 8, (3) Author Site
Letherby G 2003 'Reflections on where we are and where we want to be: response to 'Looking Back and Looking Forward: Some Recent Feminist Sociology Reviewed'' SOCIOLOGICAL RESEARCH ONLINE 8, (4) Author Site
Letherby G 2003 'To give their gifts: Health, community and democracy' SOCIOLOGICAL RESEARCH ONLINE 8, (3) Author Site
Letherby G 2003 'Values in sex education: from principles to practice' GENDER AND EDUCATION 15, (4) 429-430 Author Site
Letherby G 2002 'Challenging Dominant Discourses: Identity and change and the experience of 'infertility' and 'involuntary childlessness'' Journal of Gender Studies 11, (3) 277-288 , DOI
Letherby G 2002 'Childless and bereft?: Stereotypes and realities in relation to 'voluntary' and 'involuntary' childlessness and womanhood' SOCIOLOGICAL INQUIRY 72, (1) 7-20 Author Site , DOI
Letherby G 2002 'Claims and disclaimers: Knowledge, reflexivity and representation in feminist research' SOCIOLOGICAL RESEARCH ONLINE 6, (4) Author Site
Letherby G 2002 'Feminist empirical research: emerging perspectives on qualitative and teacher research' GENDER AND EDUCATION 14, (4) 428-429 Author Site
Letherby G & Jewkes Y 2002 'Mothering and Non-Mothering Identities for Women in Prison' Prison Service Journal (139)
Letherby G, Bailey N, Brown G & Wilson C 2002 'The Baby Brigade: Teenage mothers and sexuality' Association for Research on Mothering (now known as Motherhood Initiative for Research and Community Involvement) 4.1,
Earle S & Letherby G 2002 'Whose choice is it anyway? Decision making, control and conception' Hum Fertil (Camb) 5, (2) 39-41 Author Site
Francis B, Skelton C & Letherby G 2001 'A word from the new editors' GENDER AND EDUCATION 13, (1) 5-6 Author Site
Exley C & Letherby G 2001 'Managing a disrupted lifecourse: issues of identity and emotion work' HEALTH 5, (1) 112-132 Author Site , DOI
Letherby G & Marchbank J 2001 'Not ‘missing’ but marginalized?: Alternative voices in feminist theory' Feminist Theory: an international interdisciplinary journal 2, (1) 104-107 , DOI
Letherby G & Marchbank J 2001 'Why do Women's Studies? A cross England profile' WOMENS STUDIES INTERNATIONAL FORUM 24, (5) 587-603 Author Site , DOI
Letherby G 2000 'Telling Women's Lives: narrative inquiries in the history of women's education' GENDER AND EDUCATION 12, (4) 515-517 Author Site
Letherby G & Williams C 1999 'Non-motherhood: Ambivalent autobiographies' FEMINIST STUDIES 25, (3) 719-728 Author Site , DOI
Letherby G 1999 'Other than mother and mothers as others: The experience of motherhood and non-motherhood in relation to 'infertility' and 'involuntary childlessness'' WOMENS STUDIES INTERNATIONAL FORUM 22, (3) 359-372 Author Site , DOI
Letherby G, Fontaine P & Whatley D 1998 ''Mothers, Daughters and Others: some personal reflections on 'Mothers and Daughters''' Canadian Woman Studies 18, (2-3) 112-114
LETHERBY G & ZDRODOWSKI D 1995 'DEAR RESEARCHER - THE USE OF CORRESPONDENCE AS A METHOD WITHIN FEMINIST QUALITATIVE RESEARCH' GENDER & SOCIETY 9, (5) 576-593 Author Site , DOI
LETHERBY G 1993 'ALL SIDES OF THE SUBJECT - WOMEN AND BIOGRAPHY - ILES,T' SOCIOLOGY-THE JOURNAL OF THE BRITISH SOCIOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION 27, (1) 190-191 Author Site , DOI
Letherby G & Holliday R 1993 'Happy Families or Poor Relations? — An Exploration of Familial Analogies in the Small Firm' International Small Business Journal 11, (2) 54-63 , DOI
LETHERBY G 1993 'THE HISTORY OF CHILDBIRTH - FERTILITY, PREGNANCY AND BIRTH IN EARLY-MODERN EUROPE - GELIS,J' JOURNAL OF BIOSOCIAL SCIENCE 25, (1) 141-142 Author Site
LETHERBY G 1993 'THE MEANINGS OF MISCARRIAGE' WOMENS STUDIES INTERNATIONAL FORUM 16, (2) 165-180 Author Site , DOI
Letherby G & Cotterill P 1993 'Weaving Stories: personal auto/biographies in feminist research' Sociology 27, (1) 67-79 , DOI
Letters
Letherby G 2000 'Images and representation of non-motherhood' Reprod Health Matters 8, (16) Author Site
Books
Marchbank J & Letherby G 2014 Introduction to Gender. Routledge
Letherby G & Boyd ER 2014 Stay-At-Home Mothers.
Letherby G 2013 He, Himself and I: reflections on inter/connected lives. Oxford: Clio Press
Letherby G; Deery R; Denny E 2013 Sociology for Midwives.
Letherby G; Reid-Boyd E 2013 Stay at Home Mothers: an international perspective. Bradford Ontario: Demeter Press
Letherby G, Scott J & Williams M 2012 Objectivity and Subjectivity in Social Research. SAGE Publications Limited
Letherby G; Reynolds G 2009 Gendered Journeys, Mobile Emotions. Aldershot Ashgate
Letherby G; Birch P; Williams K; Cain M 2008 Sex as Crime?. Devon Willan
Earle S; Letherby G 2008 The Sociology of Health Care: A Reader for Health Professionals. London Palgrave
Marchbank J & Letherby G 2007 Introduction to Gender. Prentice Hall
Letherby G & Reynolds G 2005 Train Tracks. Berg Publishers
Letherby 2003 Feminist Research in Theory and Practice. Open University Press
Chapters
Letherby G & Reid-Boyd E 2014 'Stay at Home Mothers' A Handbook of Motherhood Bradford Ontario: Dementer Press
Letherby G, Brown G & Brady G 2014 'Young Mothers in the UK: push and pull factors relating to choices to stay at home or not' in Reid-Boyd E; Letherby G Stay at Home Mothers: Dialogues and Debates
Letherby G & stenhouse 2013 '‘Researching Relationships, Relationships in Research: reflections on multidisciplinary work on pregnancy, birth and early motherhood’' in Wray S; Rae R Personal and Public Lives and Relationships in a Changing Social World Cambridge Scholars Pub 183-197
Letherby G 2013 'Infertility and Involuntary childlessness: Losses, ambivalences and resolutions' in Earle S; Komaromy C; Layne L Understanding Reproductive Loss: International perspectives on life, death and fertility. Ashgate
Letherby G 2011 'Feminist Methodology' in Williams M; Vogt WP The SAGE Handbook of Innovation in Social Research Methods SAGE Publications Limited
Letherby G 2010 'A Changing Life-Course in British Sociology' in Burnett J; Jeffers S; Thomas G New Social Connections: Sociology’s Subjects and Objects Houndsmills Palgrave
Letherby G 2010 'Have Backpack Will Travel: auto/biography as a mobile methododology' in Fincham B; McGuinness M; Murray L Mobile Methodologies Houndsmills Palgrave
Letherby G 2010 'When treatment ends' in Crawshaw M; Balen R Adopting after Infertility: Messages from practice, research and personal experience London Jessica Kingsley Publishers
Letherby G 2009 '‘Health and Feminist Research’' in Douglas J; Earle S; Handsley S; Jones LJ; Lloyd CE; Spurr S A Reader in Promoting Public Health SAGE Publications Limited
Letherby G & Shaw J 2009 'Dear Diary: auto/biography, respect and mobility' in Vanninni P Routes Less Travelled: the cultures of alternative mobilities Aldershot Ashgate
Letherby G 2009 'Emotion, Gender and Travel: moving on' in Letherby G; Reynolds G Gendered Journeys, Mobile Emotions Ashgate Publishing Company
Letherby G 2009 'Researching Long Term Conditions' in Earle S; Denny E The Sociology of Long Term Conditions and Nursing Practice Houndsmills Palgrave
Brown G, Wilson C, Brady G & Letherby G 2009 'Teenage pregnancy and young parenthood: questioning the inevitability of risk, lone motherhood and social exclusion' in Johns N; Barton A Evaluating the Political Achievement of New Labour Since 1997: Social Policy and the Public Trust Ceredigion Edwin Mellen
Letherby G, Birch P, Williams K & Cain M 2008 'Problematising Sex: introducing sex as crime' in Letherby G; Birch P; Williams K; Cain M Sex as Crime? Devon Willan
Letherby G, Birch P, Williams K & Cain M 2008 'Problematising Sex: introducing sex as crime' in Letherby G Sex As Crime? Willan Pub
Letherby G 2008 'Researching Reproductive Loss' in Earle S; Komaromy C; Batholomew C Death and Dying: A Reader London Sage
Letherby G 2008 'Researching Reproductive Loss' in Earle S; Komaromy C; Bartholomew C Death and Dying SAGE Publications Limited
Letherby G, Cotterill P & Jackson S 2007 '‘Introducing Challenges and Negotiations for Women in Higher Education’' in Cotterill P; Jackson S; Letherby G Challenges and Negotiations for Women in Higher Education
Letherby G, Cotterill P & Hirsh M 2007 '‘Three Ages of Woman: age and generation in the academy’' in Cotterill P; Jackson S; Letherby G Challenges and Negotiations for Women in Higher Education
Letherby G, Brady G & Brown G 2007 '‘Working with the Community: research and action’' in Clay C; Madden M; Potts LK Towards Understanding Community Palgrave Macmillan
Letherby G & Bywaters P 2006 '‘Extending Social Research: Meanings and Understandings’' in Letherby G; Bywaters P Extending Social Research Open University Press
Letherby G & Bywaters P 2006 '‘Extending Social Research: Why?’' in Letherby G; Bywaters P Extending Social Research Open University Press
Letherby G & Bywaters P 2006 '‘Extending Social Research’' in Letherby G; Bywaters P Extending Social Research Open University Press
Letherby G, Coughlan A, Tanner D, Wilson C & Bywaters P 2006 '‘Managing the Process’' in Letherby G; Bywaters P Extending Social Research Open University Press
Letherby G, Brady G, Bywaters P, Kynspel M & Steventon G 2006 '‘Outcomes’' in Letherby G; Bywaters P Extending Social Research Open University Press
Letherby G, Colombo T, Allender P & Bywaters P 2006 '‘Outputs’' in Letherby G; Bywaters P Extending Social Research Open University Press
Letherby G, Ali Z, Brown G, Bywaters P, Du Boulay D, Hirsh M & Poole H 2006 '‘Setting the Agenda’' in Letherby G; Bywaters P Extending Social Research Open University Press
Letherby G & Bywaters P 2006 '‘Where are we know?’' in Letherby G; Bywaters P Extending Social Research Open University Press
Letherby G & Bywaters P 2006 'Extending Social Research: How?' in Letherby G; Bywaters P Extending Social Research Open University Press
Letherby G 2006 'Standpoint Research' in Jupp V The SAGE Dictionary of Social Research Methods SAGE Publications Limited
Letherby G, Marchbank J, Ramsay K & Shiels J 2005 '‘Mothers and “Others” Providing Care Within and Outside of the Academy'' in Bassett RH Parenting And Professing
Letherby G, Cox R & Marchbank J 2005 'Gender' in Marsh I; Keating M Sociology Prentice Hall
Letherby G 2005 ''Gendered Concerns'' in Earle S; Denny E Sociology for Nurses Polity
Letherby G & Earle S 2003 '’Introducing Gender, Identity and Reproduction’' in Earle DS; Letherby MSG Gender, Identity & Reproduction Palgrave Macmillan
Letherby G 2003 'Battle of the Gametes: cultural representation of medically assisted conception' in Earle DS; Letherby MSG Gender, Identity & Reproduction Palgrave Macmillan
Letherby G 2003 ''I didn't think much of this bedside manner but he was very skilled at his job: medical encounters in relation to 'infertility'' in Earle DS; Letherby MSG Gender, Identity & Reproduction Palgrave Macmillan
Letherby G & Marchbank J 2002 '‘Cyber-chattels: buying brides and babies on the net’' in Jewkes Y Dot.cons Willan Publishing
Letherby G & Marchbank J 2002 'Offensive and defensive: student support and higher education evaluation' in Howie G; Tauchert A Gender, teaching, and research in higher education Ashgate Publishing
Letherby G & Shiels J 2001 'Isn't he good, but can we take her seriously?' in Anderson P; Williams J Identity and difference in higher education Ashgate Pub Ltd
Letherby G & Cotterill P 1997 'Collaborative Writing: the pleasure and perils of working together' in Corrin C; Henry MS Desperately Seeking Sisterhood Taylor & Francis Group
Letherby G, Holliday R, Mann L, Ramsay K & Reynolds G 1993 'Room of our own: an alternative to academic isolation' in Kennedy M; Lubelska C Making Connections Taylor & Francis Group
Conference Papers
LETHERBY G 1994 'MOTHER OR NOT, MOTHER OR WHAT - PROBLEMS OF DEFINITION AND IDENTITY' //0 //0 525-532 , DOI
COTTERILL P & LETHERBY G 1993 'WEAVING STORIES - PERSONAL AUTO BIOGRAPHIES IN FEMINIST RESEARCH' //0 //0 67-79 , DOI
Reports
Stenhouse EA, Letherby G, Corrigan O, Adams L & Bendall A 2014 Carbon Monoxide Screening in Pregnancy: An Evaluation Study of a Plymouth Pilot Intervention. Carbon Monoxide Screening in Pregnancy: An Evaluation Study of a Plymouth Pilot Intervention Plymouth NHS Stop Smoking Services and Smoke Free South West Plymouth Electronic Archive and Research Library Publisher Site PEARL
Letherby G & Stenhouse E 2009 An exploration of Mother/Daughter Relationships during Pregnancy and the Transition to Motherhood of Women with Pre Existing Diabetes. Diabetes UK

Other academic activities

REFEREEING AND ADVISORY GROUP MEMBERHIP

Journals

 

Sociology

Sociology; Sociological Inquiry; Sociological Review.

 

Gender and Women’s Studies

Gender and Society; Women’s Studies International Forum; Gender, Work and Organisation; Journal of Gender Studies; Women's Health and Urban Life.

 

Others

Human Reproduction; Journal of Social Policy; Ethnicity and Health; New Genetics and Society; Social Research Methodology: theory and practice.

 

 I have previously been an abstractor for Studies on Women’s Abstracts and for Network (BSA).

 

Publishers

Open University Press

 

Grant Bodies

I have recently been nominated to be a member of the Virtual College of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and have previously acted as a referee and a report rapporteur.

 

WellBeing (as referee)

 

Advisory Group Member

1995-1997: Member of an advisory group for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation: to advise on the progress of a 2 year research project carried out by the Family Policy Studies Centre - ‘Childlessness in Britain: a rejection of parenthood?

 

COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES AND ENGAGEMENT

 

Following the successful completion of several research projects for Coventry Primary Care Trust and Warwickshire County Council whilst at Coventry I sat on various committees for both agencies (including the Coventry PCT Teenage Pregnancy Partnership Board).  I also chaired a committee for each agency: Social Inclusion Programme Delivery Group (Coventry PCT); Support Sub Group of the Teenage Pregnancy Partnership Board (Warwickshire Country Council).

 

INTERNATIONAL LINKS AND EXTERNAL REPUTATION

International

I have established links with colleagues at the Key Centre for Women’s Studies at Melbourne University, Australia; The Australian Research Centre for Sex, Health and Society (La Trobe University); and the Sociology Department at York University, Ontario, Canada. In December 2006 I was a Visiting Fellow at Edith Cowan University, Perth, Australia.

I have also spoken, by invitation, at Brook University, Ontario, Canada; at Washington DC University and at various international seminars and conferences. In May 2006 I was a plenary speaker at the ‘Mothers and Others: promoting healthy living’ 6th Bi-Annual CASWE Conference, York University, Ontario. In September 2006 I was an invited speaker and participant at the ‘Minimal Families: Childlessness and Intergenerational Transfers in European Societies Workshop’, European University Institute, Florence. In December 2006 I was an invited speaker on the panel ‘Sociology in Britain’ at the TASA Conference, Perth, Australia.

UK

Visiting Professor – Coventry University 2006 – 

MEDIA WORK AND REFERENCE TO MY WORK IN THE MEDIA

Claire Ainsworth ‘Stop the Clock’ New Scientist (30th June 2001)

Chris Arnot 'Baby Bias' The Guardian (Society) (17th April 2003)

Catherine Turner ‘A Helping Hand for Teen Mums’ Coventry Evening Telegraph (Monday Supplement) (26th May 2003)

Zoe Williams ‘The Parent Trap’ The Guardian Weekend (Saturday 18th October 2003)

Various Radio Appearances including: BBC Radio Scotland, The Gary Robertson Show (guest appearance) (May 2003); Mercia South (April 2005); BBC Radio Coventry (June 2005); Thinking Allowed BBC Radio4 (June 2005).

OPEN UNIVERSITY WORK

Work on An Evaluation of Specialist Services for Pregnant Teenagers and Young Parents (with Brady and Brown) Centre for Social Justice, Coventry University undertaken for Coventry Teenage Pregnancy Partnership Board is used as a case study in Earle S Lloyd C E Sidell M and Spurr S (eds) (2007) Theory and Research in Promoting Public Health London: Sage in conjunction with the Open University (The book is supported by a CD on which I am interviewed about our work on teenage pregnancy and young parenthood).

I wrote/co-wrote two autobiographical pieces – ‘Experiencing Miscarriage’ (Letherby) and ‘Ron’s Death’ (Thornton and Letherby) – for Earle S Bartholomew and Komaromyh C (eds) (forthcoming 2008) Making Sense of Death, Dying and Bereavement: An Anthology London: Sage in conjunction with the Open University.