Aimee, Sociology Research Student


My name is Aimee Middlemiss, I’m a
Sociology PhD student at the University of Exeter and I’m doing research into
second trimester pregnancy loss in England specifically in the southwest of
England in Devon and Cornwall and I’m doing ethnographic fieldwork which also
involves interviewing with women who’ve had experiences of second-trimester
pregnancy loss. So my research is enabled by an ESRC Scholarship which is a
one plus three scholarship so I was funded to do a Master’s in Science and
Technology Studies before I started the PhD. I’ve got an original degree in
Anthropology, my Master’s was in Science and Technology Studies and now I’m doing
something in sociology and this is really important to me because my
project goes across all three fields, it’s very interdisciplinary, I’m taking
concepts from anthropology such as personhood but also from sociology of
reproduction so it’s really important to me that I keep all of those
elements going. The other thing that I’m doing in terms of my research is talking
about what we understand a fetus to be, what the second being in a pregnancy
actually is and so it has these philosophical undertones as well so
being in a department that has sociology and philosophy and anthropology in it is
really useful to me. The supervision at Exeter has been very helpful to me because I’m
able to keep an interdisciplinary breadth to my project. I’ve got a supervisor in
sociology, my main supervisor, and a supervisor in anthropology and the fact
that I can have that disciplinary breadth in methods and in concepts is really
helpful for the nature of my project. One of the things that’s been really
important to me about coming to Exeter is the openness that Exeter has about
other students participating in research that maybe haven’t done a traditional,
straight after undergraduate route so I’ve been working, I’ve been outside
academia and now I’m coming back in and Exeter has been really open to that and
a project like this, which I feel so passionately about, I can bring my other
skills from my previous work and Exeter acknowledges that I have that richness
of experience that I can now bring to my research and I feel very supported in
doing that by the University.