My Research

Current Research: PhD in Public Health Sciences at the Centre for Population Health Sciences (CPHS), The University of Edinburgh, U.K.

WTrust BodyLogo‘A sociological study of health-related enhancement technologies in the context of reproduction: Sterilization in Brazil’

I was awarded a Wellcome Trust funded studentship under the Biomedical Ethics Strategic programme, “The Human Body, its Scope, Limits and Future.” This programme is led by Professor John Harris and colleagues in iSEI, in collaboration with Sarah Cunningham-Burley, Professor of Medical and Family Sociology at the University of Edinburgh. My research will investigate sterilization in Brazil, using sociological studies of the body and technology, in order to explore the concept of enhancement. I will particularly focus on conceptions of parenthood and sexuality, constructions of the human body and its capabilities, and issues of regulation. The project will also link with some of the other core themes of the wider programme, such as the issue of methods in bioethics.

My research is supervised by Professor Sarah Cunningham-BurleyDr. Gill Haddow and Dr Martyn Pickersgill. While I am based at the Centre for Research on Families and Relationships, I am also an associate postgraduate student at the Genomics Network Innogen, and the Institute for the Study of Science, Technology and Innovation at the University of Edinburgh.

In addition, I am currently an associate researcher at the Institute for Social Medicine, State University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where my co-supervisor is Professor Kenneth Rochel de Camargo Jr.

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Background: 

  • MSc by Research in Social Anthropology, University of Edinburgh, U.K.
  • MSc Social Anthropology, University of Edinburgh, U.K.
  • TSM BA Italian and Classical Civilisations, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland.

For More Details:

http://edinburgh.academia.edu/AoifeMcKenna

Andreas Vesalius, 1543

Andreas Vesalius, 1543

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