ABOUT THE RESEARCH
Rethinking Testosterone is the working title of my current research project – an investigative study exploring use of testosterone in the UK.
Testosterone treatment remains under examined and often misrepresented, with patient experiences rarely documented. Spending time with health care professionals, patients and other relevant persons I am asking questions that engage with how this hormone features in the everyday lives of people living in the UK.
Capturing multiple perspectives, I hope to explore what the complexities associated with testosterone use are and in doing so, learn more about how they feature in the narratives of those intimately ‘getting to know’ this hormone.
My research addresses gaps by exploring tensions associated with testosterone use. It pays attention to human experience and moves across spaces, places and networks; collecting stories and paying attention to the impact of what happens when conventional narratives stop ‘making sense’.
Presenting accounts from both patients and professionals this research captures how and where the parameters of hormonal care in the UK are being challenged. Increasingly, testosterone is accessed across multiple platforms by both men and women and this raises important questions that ask us to readdress our presumptions and relearn what we think we know about testosterone.
This project is being undertaken as part of my PhD at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and is fully funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)
After graduating from the University of Exeter with a BA in Sociology and Anthropology (Hons), I decided to pursue my interest in public health and obtained an MSC in Reproductive and Sexual Health Research from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM). I have a particular interest in conducting interdisciplinary research with a focus on the intersectional relationship between gender, sexuality and medicine. My prior research has tended to focus on the gendered dynamics at play within sexual practices. Notable projects to date include undertaking an in-depth content analysis of young people’s depictions of sexual intimacy, use of pornography and the implications of gendered identities during these encounters. This was part of a large scale qualitative review detailing the different sexual activities young people aged 16-18 in the UK engage in, and the meaning and significance of these practices for them.
Stories about health are important. They help us to understand more about people's experiences of accessing services, creating research that could provide suggestions for how care could be improved upon
Our sexuality is body, culture, age, learning, habit, fantasies, worries, passions, and the relationships in which all these elements combine"