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 looks at English sexual violence support services.

Passionate about community building, during her time on the DPhil Eleanor has acted as Lead Student Editor for Frontiers of Socio-Legal Studies, student representative for the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, and co-convener of the Feminist Jurisprudence Discussion Group. Eleanor organised and ran the inaugural University of Oxford Feminist Jurisprudence Workshop, which is now an annual event that welcomes students from all disciplines to foster feminist thinking. 

Prior to joining the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, Eleanor read an MSc in Law, Anthropology and Society at the London School of Economics. 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 active in the university’s Pro-Bono Society. 



Research Interests

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

Research projects & programmes

Centre for Socio-Legal Studies