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Bethany Suggett
PhD student



I graduated from the University of Leeds with a BA in International Development with Sociology in 2015. In 2016 I graduated with a MA in Global Development and Gender following a research placement in Uganda with Irise International. My MA dissertation explored the impact of an education-based intervention on the menstrual attitudes and behaviour of school-age boys towards menstruating women and girls. In 2018 I completed a PGCert in Research Training at Newcastle University before commencing doctoral study in the Centre for Women’s Studies.




Supervisors: Dr Rachel Alsop

Building on the findings of my MA dissertation, my PhD research is focused on menstrual attitudes and masculinities. I am particularly interested in menstruation as a taboo topic and how menstrual attitudes shape women’s and girls’ experiences of menstruation. The research aims to offer a comparative study of Kenya and England, examining how men and boys understand and relate to menstruation in these two different contexts.


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Bethany Suggett
PhD student
Centre for Women's Studies
University of York
North Yorkshire
YO10 5DD