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Reproductive Sociology Research Group


I am a PhD candidate and teaching assistant at the University of Geneva, Switzerland. I am working under the co-supervision of Prof. Claudine Burton-Jeangros (University of Geneva, Switzerland) and Prof. Véronique Mottier (University of Lausanne, Switzerland and Jesus College, University of Cambridge, UK).

I have been awarded by a mobility fellowship from the Swiss National Science Foundation to spend the academic year as visiting PhD researcher at ReproSoc from September 2019 until August 2020.

My research aims at analysing local politics and dynamics of sexual health at play in two Swiss sexual health's institutions: a family planning clinic and a health community centre for men who have sex with men. Based on a comparative ethnographic approach, I make use of different methods of data collection:

  • Ethnographic observations of daily sexual health practices and social interactions between sexual health professionals and patients
  • In-depth qualitative interviews with both health professionals and patients
  • Various institutional documents (medical protocols, information booklets, archives, etc.)

My research interests include health and medical sociology, ethnography, gender and feminist studies, and discourse analysis.

I am also a new member of the editorial board of the scientific journal "Nouvelles Questions Féministes".

Academic Year 2019-20
 Marlyse  Debergh

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