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PIR UG student wins prestigious PSA prize

Congratulations to Philosophy and Politics graduate Isabel Abbs, who was won joint first prize in the 2017 Political Studies Association’s Women and Politics Undergraduate Essay Competition!

Isabel AbbsThis year’s judge, Dr. Toni Haastrup (Kent) described Isabel’s winning essay, which critically assessed progress on sexual and reproductive health and rights, as a ‘sophisticated’ and ‘impressive’ essay that ‘engaged various policy choices whilst at the same time maintaining the analytical focus of feminist political economy.’

Isabel completed her undergraduate degree in Philosophy and Politics at the University of Edinburgh in 2017. Throughout her degree, she was particularly interested in studying the power imbalances which create and control marginalised groups, and their intersection. Isabel is now working in a law firm and is hoping to move on to a post-graduate law degree next year, with the ultimate aim of working in policy for international NGOs.

Isabel's essay was nominated by Dr. Claire Duncanson for the course The Global Politics of Sex and Gender (GPSG). GPSG students have previously won prizes in the PSA Women and Politics essay competition in 2010, 2013 and 2016, making this the first repeat win for the course.

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