Dr Carrie Purcell

Principal Investigator

Carrie Purcell is a Research Fellow at the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, University of Glasgow, and leads the SASS project. Carrie is a medical sociologist specialising in qualitative research in the context of reproductive health. As PI on the SASS project, Carrie has guided the only qualitative secondary analysis study to date looking at abortion across the UK’s different jurisdictions. Her work has been published in a range of journals including Sociology of Health & Illness, Contraception, Feminism & Psychology, and BMJ Sexual & Reproductive Health.

Carrie has conducted a range of abortion-related projects over the last decade, including women’s experiences of later (16+ weeks) abortion, more than one abortion, and women and health professional’s experiences of early medical abortion. Carrie is a recognised expert on abortion in Scotland and is a frequent contributor to policy and public debate. She is a member of the editorial board of BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.