Chowdhry, Sushila


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I gained a PhD from the University of Edinburgh in 2019 for a thesis on pregnant embodiment in ‘obese’ women’s maternal healthcare. The research explored narratives of larger pregnant women and key healthcare professionals, focussing on the ways that the body was experienced in maternal healthcare spaces. During and following my Doctoral studies I held the positions of Research Assistant/Fellow working on NIHR and Wellcome funded projects at the Usher Institute, University of Edinburgh (2017-20). Prior to undertaking my Doctoral research I taught within the Further and Higher Education Sectors, teaching counselling theories, health studies and on university teacher training programmes at Fife College and Heriot-Watt University. I qualified as a Registered general Nurse in 1999 and a person-centred counsellor in 2002. My nursing practice focussed on community and public health nursing.

Research interests

My research engages with medical sociology to explore embodiment in a variety of settings. One strand of this work explores maternal and infant inter-embodiment in neonatal intensive care units. More broadly, my work seeks to explore the boundaries between the body, other bodies, and technologies, in and out of healthcare settings. I employ a variety of creative methods in my research and knowledge exchange practice, involving individuals and groups whose embodied experiences are often ignored or neglected.

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 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, (In)visible women: a narrative study of larger women's pregnant embodiment and maternal healthcare, University of Edinburgh

Award Date: 27 Nov 2019

Master of Science, Exploring the emotional labour of further education lecturers in Scotland, University of Dundee

Award Date: 10 Oct 2012

PGCert THE, University of Dundee

Award Date: 13 Oct 2010

Bachelor of Nursing, University of Dundee

Award Date: 29 Mar 2006

External positions

Visiting Fellow, University of Edinburgh

2020 → …


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