Dr Pam Lowe

Senior Lecturer in Sociology

Pam Lowe joined Aston in September 2005. Most of her teaching and research is centred around women’s reproductive health, with a particular interest in pregnancy, contraception and parenting. Recently she has worked on a number of projects including examining the construction of foetal alcohol syndrome in British newspapers and the deployment of neuroscience in parenting policy. Currently she is undertaking a project with partners at Coventry University examining young people’s understanding of sexual consent.
  • BA (Hons)/ MA/ PhD, Warwick 

Undergraduate Modules

  • LK1009 Understanding Social Divisions A
  • LK1010 Understanding Social Divisions B
  • LK2006 CSI: Crime, Subversion and Inequality
  • LK3009 Health Matters
  • LK3013 Pregnancy and Politics: Cultural Norms and Family Policy

Postgraduate Modules

  • LYM001 Social Divisions


  • Sociology of Health and Illness, particularly women’s reproductive health
  • Parenting cultures
  • Sexualities
  • Feminist Theory
  • Qualitative methodology
  • Lowe P (online early) Lessening sensitivity: student experiences of teaching and learning sensitive issues Teaching in Higher Education
  • Macvarish J, Lee E , Lowe P (2014) The ‘First Three Years’ Movement and the Infant Brain: A Review of Critiques Sociology Compass 8 (6), 792-804
  • Lewando Hundt, G., Bryanston, C., Lowe, P., Cross, S., Sandall, J. and Spencer, K.; (2011) 'Inside ‘ Inside view’? : reflections on stimulating debate and engagement through a multimedia live theatre production on the dilemmas and issues of pre-natal screening policy and practice.', Health Expectations, 14 (1), 1 – 9
  • Lowe P, Lee E and Yardley L (2010) Under the Influence: The construction of Foetal alcohol Syndrome in British Newspapers  Sociological Research Online 15 (4) 2
  • Lowe P and Lee E (2010) Advocating alcohol abstinence to pregnant women: some observations about British policy Health, Risk and Society 12: 4, 301 — 311
  • Lowe P, Powell J, Griffiths F, Thorogood M and Locock L (2009) ‘Making it all normal’: The Role of the Internet in Problematic Pregnancy Qualitative Health Research. Vol. 19, No. 10, 1476-1484
  • Humphreys C, Lowe P & Williams S (2009) Sleep disruption and domestic violence: exploring the interconnections between mothers and children Child and Family Social Work Volume 14, Issue 1, Pages 6-14
  • Griffiths F, Lowe P, Boardman F, Ayre C & Gadsby R (2008) Becoming Pregnant: Exploring the Perspectives of Women living with Diabetes British Journal of General Practice 58 (548) 184-190
  • Lowe P, Sidhu R, & Griffiths F (2007) 'I got pregnant, I was so like … crying inside …': experiences of women of Pakistani ancestry seeking contraception in the UK  Diversity in Health and Social Care.4 (1) 69-76 
  • Lowe P, Boden S, Williams S, Seale C & Steinberg D (2007) Who Are You Sleeping With? the Construction of Heteronormativity in Stories About Sleep in British Newspapers Sociological Research Online 12 (5)  


  • British Sociological Association
  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Feminist and Women's Studies Association
  • University and School Ethics Committee
  • Aston Health Research and Innovation Cluster (AHRIC)
Room: NW 913a
Phone: 0121 204 3807
Email: p.k.lowe@aston.ac.uk 
Fax: 0121 204 3766

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