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 explores how experiences of sexual violence are understood and talked about within sexual violence support services. One of the aims of Eleanor’s project is to help raise public and academic awareness about the work sexual violence support services and the sector carry out.

Eleanor is passionate about feminist methodology and has recently published a paper that explores crossing the bridge between feminist thought and practice. She has also spoken about the importance of feminist methodologies for the Talking about Methods podcast. Eleanor is Lead Editor of Frontiers of Socio-Legal Studies, a blog launched by the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies in May 2021. She is also a co-convener of the Feminist Jurisprudence Discussion Group and set up the FJDG Annual Workshop, which seeks to bring together students, activists and academics working on or interested in feminist jurisprudence.

Prior to joining the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, Eleanor read 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. 

Research Interests

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

Research projects & programmes

Feminist Jurisprudence Discussion Group