Ruth Flanagan

Ruth Flanagan


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My PhD project aims to research the relationship between religious cultural upbringing and Northern Irish women’s sexual experiences. My research is based in Northern Ireland, there is very little current research on women’s sexualities in a Northern Irish context. I seek to understand how religion and its influence over, particularly the sexual health education has impacted how women are able to become sexually literate. The research also explores how women are able to communicate about their sexual wants, need and desires when there is little to no discourse of desire in the sexual health education. I am also interested in how other socializing institutions such as the family, impact how women are able to express their sexuality.

Research Interests


  • Sexual experience / behaviours/ attitudes
  • Sexual Health Education
  • Sexual Health Policy
  • Religion/ Religious Culture
  • Critical Religious Studies
  • Symbolic Interactionism
  • Sexual Scripting Theory
  • Emotional Labour
  • Queer Theory

I am also interested in expanding my research interests to

  • Race/ Racialisation
  • Bi/ multi racial experiences
  • Intersectionality
  • Creative methods



Teaching assistant in the School of Social Science, Education and Social Work

SOC101 Rethinking Society

SOC2003 Qualitative Research Methods



Research Assistant Roles


I am currently a research assistant in the Queens Management School helping to develop, implement and monitor the progress of the school’s impact strategy.

I received 1st class honours in my undergraduate joint degree in Sociology/ Social Policy from Queens University Belfast in 2016 


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