Dr Sarah-Jane Page

Lecturer in Sociology / Exams Officer for Sociology and Social Policy / Membership of Centre for Research in Sociology and Policy Studies 

Sarah-Jane Page

I joined Aston University in 2012. My research interests encompass religious identities, gender, feminism, sexuality, youth, clergy families and parenthood. My PhD, completed in 2009 and awarded by the University of Nottingham, focused on clergy motherhood in the Church of England as well as male clergy spouses. I secured an ESRC Postdoctoral Research Fellowship to continue this research at Durham University in 2011-2012. I was also Research Fellow on the project, Religion, Youth and Sexuality: A Multi-faith Exploration (www.nottingham.ac.uk/sociology/rys). This focused on 18 to 25 year olds from a variety of faith backgrounds in order to understand attitudes and practices around sexuality and how this was negotiated in relation to religious tradition. A podcast about the research is available. I am currently undertaking a project on meaning-making around cathedral carol services. 

  • BA (Hons) Sociology, University of Nottingham 
  • Master of Arts in Research Methods,  University of Nottingham 
  • PhD Sociology, University of Nottingham 

Undergraduate Modules

  • LK1009 Understanding Social Divisions A
  • LK2001 Social Theory 2
  • LK3014 Religion and Society


  • Yip, A. K. T. and Page, S. (2014) ‘Religious Faith and Heterosexuality: A Multi-faith Exploration of Young Adults’, Research in Social Scientific Study of Religion, Vol. 25, pp. 78-108.
  • Page, S. (2014) ‘The Scrutinised Priest: Women in the Church of England Negotiating Professional and Sacred Clothing Regimes’, Gender, Work and Organization, Vol. 21, No. 4, pp. 295-307.
  • Page, S. (2013) ‘Editorial - Veiling: Introduction’, Implicit Religion Special Issue on the Topic of Veiling, Vol. 16, No. 4, pp. 381-385.
  • Page, S. and Yip, A. K. T. (2012) ‘Religious Young Adults Recounting the Past: Narrating Sexual and Religious Cultures in School’, Journal of Beliefs and Values, Vol. 33, No. 3, pp. 405-415.
  • Page, S. (2012) ‘Femmes, Mères et Prêtres dans l’Église d’Angleterre: Quels Sacerdoces’, Travail, Genre et Sociétés, Vol. 27, pp. 55-71.  
  • Page, S. (2011) ‘Negotiating Sacred Roles: A Sociological Exploration of Priests who are Mothers’, Feminist Review, Vol. 97, No. 1, pp. 92-109.
  • Page, S. (2008) ‘The Construction of Masculinities and Femininities in the Church of England: The Case of the Male Clergy Spouse’, Feminist Theology, Vol. 17, No. 1, pp. 31-42.
  • Page, S. (2015) ‘Sex Talk: Discussion and Meaning-making among Religious Young Adults’ in Smith, M. K., Stanton, N. and Wylie, T. (Eds.) Youth Work and Faith: Debates, Delights and Dilemmas, Lyme Regis: Russell House, pp. 70-84.
  • Page, S. (2014) ‘Sexuality and Christianity: Understanding the Attitudes and Negotiations of Young Adults in the UK’ in Vincett, G. and Obinna, E. (Eds) Christianity in the Modern World: Changes and Controversies, Farnham: Ashgate, pp. 95-118. 
  • Page, S. (2013) ‘Feminist Faith Lives? Exploring Perceptions of Feminism among Two Anglican Cohorts’ in Slee, N., Porter, F. and Phillips, A. (Eds.) The Faith Lives of Women and Girls: Qualitative Research Perspectives, Farnham: Ashgate, pp. 51-63.
  • Page, S., Yip, A. K. T. and Keenan, M. (2012) ‘Risk and the Imagined Future: Young Adults Negotiating Religious and Sexual Identities’ in Hunt, S. and Yip, A. K. T.  (Eds.) The Ashgate Research Companion to Contemporary Religion and Sexuality, Farnham: Ashgate, pp. 255-270. 
  • Page, S. and Yip, A. K. T. (2012) ‘Hindu, Muslim and Sikh Young Adults: Gendered Practices in the Negotiation of Sexuality and Relationship’, in Nynäs, P. and Yip, A. K. T.  (eds.) Religion, Gender and Sexuality in Everyday Life, Farnham: Ashgate, pp. 51-69. 
  • Page, S. (2008) ‘Feminism and the Third Wave: Politicising the Sociology of Religion?’ in Mukherjee, D. (Ed) Feminism: Theories and Impact, Punjagutta: The Icfai University Press, pp. 21-31. 

Review Articles

  • Page, S. (2013) Review of Sexuality, Religion and the Sacred: Bisexual, Pansexual and Polysexual Perspectives (2012) by Hutchins, L. and Sharif Williams, H., Journal of Contemporary Religion, Vol. 28, No. 3, pp. 567-568. 
  • Page, S. (2011)‘Review Essay: The Library of Essays on Sexuality and Religion by Hunt, S., Religion and Human Rights, Vol. 6, No. 3, pp.342-356. 
  • Page, S. (2010) Review of Youth and Religion (2010) by Collins-Mayo, S. and Dandelion, P., Sociological Research Online, Vol. 15, No. 4. 


  • Day, A., Vincett, G. and Page, S. (2012) ‘Showing Public Benefit’, British Sociological Association’s Network Magazine, Issue 11 (Summer 2012), pp. 40.

Room: NW920
Phone: 0121 2043072
Email: s.page1@aston.ac.uk 
Fax: 0121 204 3766

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