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Hester Hockin-Boyers

Postgraduate Research Student

BSc., MPhil.

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Postgraduate Research Student in the Department of Sociology  



I am a PhD student across both the Department of Sociology and the Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences at Durham University. I have an MPhil in Gender Studies from the University of Cambridge and a BSc (First Class) in Sociology from London School of Economics and Political Science. My PhD is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

Field of Study

My doctoral research (funded by the ESRC) explores women’s use of weightlifting as an informal strategy for recovery from eating disorders. My research interests more broadly cohere around health and digital spaces, sociology of the body, and gender.


UKRI/MITACS UK-Canada Globalink Award (2020). Project title: 'Social Media and Canadian Women's Physical Activity Participation: Developing a New Methodology for Understanding Digital Health'. The University of British Columbia (£11,810).

Economic and Social Research Council (2020) Overseas Insitutional Visit to the University of Adelaide. Hosted by Professor Megan Warin and the Fay Gale Centre for Research on Gender (£2,361)

Research Interests
  • Health
  • New Media
  • Digital Methods
  • The Body
  • Gender
  • Sport, Culture & Society - Seminar Leader (2017/18, 2018/19, 2020/21) & Guest Lecturer (2019/20)
  • Sport, Crime and Deviance - Seminar Leader (2018/19) & Guest Lecturer (2018/19)
  • Physical Activity and Health Psychology - Guest Lecturer (2018/19)
  • Self, Identity and Society - Seminar Leader (2019/20)