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PhD Project: call for participants

Motherhood, wellbeing and austerity in Stockton-on-Tees

Information Sheet

This research project is being carried out by a PhD student at Durham University between 2015 and 2016. The aim is to understand the experience of mothers and their families, how they have been impacted by welfare cuts, and their health and wellbeing. The project is interested in the experiences of mothers from all around the borough.

Key themes for discussion:

  • Everyday life
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Recession, austerity and cuts
  • Motherhood and family life
  • The benefits system and the job market
  • Housing, childcare, and transport in the community

Interviews will be carried out with mothers from Stockton-on-Tees who are willing to share their experiences. 

  • The interview will last approximately 1 hour, is friendly and informal, and it can take place in a location that is convenient to you.
  • Over the year 2015-2016, respondents will be contacted for interview at least once more.
  • Everything you say is treated with complete confidence. Your information will be anonymous ‐ after the taped interview is typed up, all identifying details are removed, and the recording is destroyed.
  • The anonymised version of your interview then goes into secure storage, and no one will ever be able to tell it was you.
  • Your participation in this project is entirely voluntary and you can decide to opt out at any time.
  • Before agreeing to take part, your rights will be explained and you will be asked to sign a consent form. This asks your permission to record the interview and include the information you give in a report and other publications.

“Local Health Inequalities in an Age of Austerity: The Stockton-on-Tees Study” is a research project funded by the Leverhulme Trust, run by the Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing at Durham University (

If you would like any further information, please get in touch with me – my contact details: Amy Greer Murphy Email:


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Tomorrow, Dublin: The 4th March for Choice (Repeal the 8th Amendment of the Constitution)

Tomorrow is the 4th annual march for choice in Dublin. I’m beyond gutted I can’t be there.

If an Irish woman travels to the UK for a termination, at a Marie Stopes clinic she will have to pay anywhere from €420-€1550 for something which should be safely and freely provided as the basic medical service it is. If she is a migrant from a non-EU state, she cannot legally obtain a visa to go to the UK, or Netherlands, to obtain this service.

I am a believer in strong health care provision. I believe even stronger still in the absolute necessity of a woman’s reproductive sovereignty.

It is particularly in recent living memory, in this Catholic and conservative Republic we now exist within, that a woman’s right to choose is not afforded to her. This is a huge challenge to women’s economic and bodily sovereignty, to gender equality in the state, and to the democratic values the Republic claims to stand for.

In light of recent positive changes to marriage equality legislation, I hope the same positive change is coming for the women of Ireland very soon. In the meantime, services like the Abortion Support Network are doing outstanding work in reaching women who need this service and support.

Beidh amárach a bheith níos fearr ná sin

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Workshop and documentary: resisting austerity

On Sunday 20th September, as part of Copenhagen’s FLAB – En feministisk festival, I am hosting a showing of the Irish anti-austerity documentary Eat Your Children, followed by a workshop on resisting austerity in the EU.

I’m hoping it will be a chance for those living in Denmark affected by austerity generally to come together to discuss ways we can resist austerity on multiple levels; in our everyday experiences, in a broader political sense, and how to do this across multiple platforms in the EU.

I’m incredibly excited about it and I hope it will be an inspiring and encouraging opportunity for all who attend.