Chloe Maclean

Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

I am happy to supervise PhD projects that explore women's embodied experiences, embodied experience of social class, and sociology of sport projects.


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Area of academic expertise - outline


My research focuses on gendered embodiment - how do ideas about gender impact the ways in which we use our bodies and understand our self? How does this in turn impact power relations within different settings? I have particular interest and expertise in the ways in which gendered embodiments are molded and/or 'undone' within sporting contexts, specifically mixed-sex karate. 

In doing so, I take a micro-sociological approach to understand and explore power relations. I have used multiple qualitative research methods to do so including sensory ethnographic methods, autoethnography, and photo-elicitation interviews


Desired research direction

I look to continue to explore embodied experiences of gender and social class, and how these embodiments relate to power relations. From this broad interest I have two key focuses:

  1. Violence against women survivors' experiences of embodiment in sport
  2. Women's experiences of menstruation

I am excited by research methods that enable participants voices and knowledge to florish, and for participants to gain something meaning from the experience. I look to incorporate action research methods and collaborative research methods in future research projects. 



Current teaching activities and interests

My teaching focuses on sociological approaches to gender, the body, social class, and qualitative research methods. I currently teach on the following modules for the Social Sciences BA (Hons.) programme:

  • Gender and Society
  • Embodiment of Social Inequalities
  • Designing your Dissertation Project
  • Foundations of Qualitative Research
  • Foundations of Social and Political Thought
  • Global Society
  • Social Activism and Social Justice

Current research activities

Domestic abuse during Covid-19

I am a co-investigator on an ESRC funded project: An investigation into domestic abuse helpline staff and service users experiences during Covid-19.  This project has 3 aims:

  • Examine the experiences of DA helpline staff during Covid-19
  • Explore DA helpline service users experiences during Covid-19
  • Identify changes in patterns of domestic abuse during Covid-19

Menstruation in sport

I am the principle investigator on the Leisure Studies funded project: Bloody Karate: Karate pracitioners experiences and management of menstruation. This project took a mixed-methods approach, collecting quantitative durvey data and qualitative interview data. This project has 3 aims:

  • Identify menstruation-related issues experienced by female karate practioners, and the prevelance of such issues
  • Explore the meanings attached to menstruation within karate contexts
  • Examine menstruation-management strategies used by women in karate contexts

UWS-Oxfam Partnership

I am a co-lead of the UWS-Oxfam Partnership. Through the partnership, I conduct and support research projects that seek to address poverty and inequality in Scotland, in collaboration with Oxfam Scotland. These projects have explored:

  • Social and unpaid care
  • Food insecurity
  • Community perspectives on climate justice

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities

External positions

Scottish Karate Governing Body Director of Women and Girls' Interests


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