Eleanor Whittingdale is a DPhil candidate at the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies under the supervision of Professor Linda Mulcahy. Her doctoral project is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC Grand Union Doctoral Training Partnership) and stems from her interest in feminist legal theory. Her research engages with the way narratives about sexual violence emerge in contexts outside of and prior to the courtroom. Eleanor is a co-convener of the Feminist Jurisprudence Discussion Group and one of the student representatives for the Centre of Socio-Legal Studies. 

Eleanor joined the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies after reading an MSc in Law, Anthropology and Society at the London School of Economics, where her dissertation focused on the treatment of sexual offences committed during the conflict in the former Yugoslavia. Whilst at the LSE she wrote for the international relations journal The London Globalist and undertook an internship at the human rights charity AmicusBefore pursuing postgraduate studies, she read Law at Durham University and participated in a year reading Law abroad at the National University of Singapore. Whilst completing her studies at Durham she founded and ran the Durham University Human Rights Journal and was an active participant in the university’s Pro-Bono Society.

Eleanor has conversational proficiency in Bosnian and is currently learning Russian. 

Research Interests

Feminist legal theory, feminist methodologies, socio-legal studies, gender and sexuality studies, legal consciousness, human rights, access to justice 

Research projects