Research at Leeds Beckett
Dr Kirsty Budds
About Dr Kirsty Budds
Kirsty is a critical social and health psychologist and qualitative researcher. Her main research interests are in the topics of women's reproductive health and parenting.
Before joining Leeds Beckett University, Kirsty completed her PhD at the University of Huddersfield. Following this, she worked as a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Lancaster, and after that as a Lecturer in Psychology at Keele University from 2013. She joined Leeds Beckett as a Senior Lecturer in Psychology in 2019.
Current TeachingLevel 4 - Mental health (module leader)
Level 6 - FYP
Level 7 - Applying Psychology (co-module leader with Dr Emma Dunmore)
Level 7 - Applying Psychology DL (co-module leader with Dr Emma Dunmore)
Level 7 - Dissertation
Research InterestsKirsty's research interests sit broadly within the topics of women's reproductive health and parenting.
With reference to reproductive health, Kirsty is currently undertaking a programme of research which is focused on exploring women's experiences of the preconception period and their engagement with health recommendations during this time. Taking a feminist approach, she is interested in understanding the implications of preconception health recommendations for women, such as on their experiences of trying to conceive a baby.
Kirsty also has an interest in parenting. To date, her work has considered the way in which dominant discourses of 'good mothering' have implications for women's timing of motherhood, with reference to 'delayed motherhood', but also their experiences of the transition to motherhood and taking care of young babies.
She is interested in supervising PhD or MRes students in any of the above areas.