Sheila Kitzinger Programme

The Sheila Kitzinger Programme at Green Templeton College honours the life and builds on the work of the social anthropologist Sheila Kitzinger (1929-2015).

Sheila’s comparative research blended intense immersion in different communities, participant fieldwork and strong clinical knowledge to advocate evidence-based decisions on medical, legal and social change.

Her practical and policy work ranged over a broad range of issues touching the human rights of prisoners, refugees and others marginalised by society on pretexts of race, religion or poverty: but above all she was a high profile feminist campaigner for the empowerment of women to secure for them freedom and choice in pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding.

Publications from the Sheila Kitzinger Programme

Communication with Children and Adolescents about the Diagnosis of their own Life Threatening Condition

Communication with Children and Adolescents about the Diagnosis of a Life Threatening Condition in their Parent

Relationships: the pathway to safe, high-quality maternity care

Female genital mutilation in the UK- where are we, where do we go next? Involving communities in setting the research agenda

Transforming consent in maternity care

Supporting patients with female genital mutilation in primary care: a qualitative study exploring the perspectives of GPs’ working in England

Workshop reports from the Sheila Kitzinger Programme

Victoria Butler-Cole QC discusses medical decision-making and the law

Beyond the Gate: Improving support for perinatal women in all areas of the criminal justice system

Seminar on midwifery education 

Improving care for mothers with obstetric anal sphincter injury

FGM: where have we got to? And what comes next?

What does it mean to be an adolescent in the 21st century: implications for health and healthcare


The Sheila Kitzinger Programme welcomes proposals from inside or outside Green Templeton College to curate research seminars, policy lectures, debates or other events in the college on medical, legal and social issues. The Sheila Kitzinger programme are currently inviting proposals for events and workshops that make the best of the current need to assemble virtually. The deadline for consideration in Michaelmas Term is 2 December. Please visit the SKP@GTC in the times of COVID-19 page for further details on how to apply.

The SKP Steering Group can offer some administrative and financial assistance to Curators and will work with them to maximise the public impact of evidence-based conclusions and their influence on policy and practice.

Initial ideas may be floated with the Convenor and an application form can be obtained from the Academic Projects Manager.


Sue Ziebland, Convenor

Ruth Loseby, Academic Projects Manager