Professor Lesley Hoggart


Lesley Hoggart is Professor of Social Policy Research, in the School of Health, Wellbeing and Social Care at the Open University. Lesley specialises in qualitative research, and her research interests are focused on reproductive health; abortion policy and politics; teenage pregnancy and motherhood; and sexual health. Her recent publications include work on fertility knowledge, abortion stigma and contraception. She is an Associate Editor of BMJ Sexual and Reproductive Health.

Lesley’s work on understanding abortion stigma has resulted in the multi-media MyBodyMyLife travelling pop-up installation and website. MyBodyMyLife is a highly successful social and cultural development project that has had a significant impact on people who have visited the exhibition. Lesley’s research is based firmly on women’s experiences, and her public engagement work utilises storytelling to convey powerful messages.

As of 2020, Lesley is leading development and evaluation of the new abortion support charity, Abortion Talk.