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Sarah-Jane is a sociologist of religion, specialising in gender and sexuality. After completing her PhD on clergy motherhood and Anglican clergy husbands at the University of Nottingham, she undertook various postdoctoral positions at Durham University and the University of Nottingham respectively. She worked on the large grant, Religion, Youth and Sexuality: A Multi-faith Exploration, with Professor Andrew Yip and Dr Michael Keenan. Utilising a mixed methods approach, this research focused on 18 to 25 year olds from a variety of religious backgrounds in order to understand attitudes and practices around sexuality. Numerous publications have emerged from this project, including two monographs.


More recently she has been researching religious attitudes to gender and sexuality issues in the Religion and Intimate Life project (funded by the British Sociological Association’s Sociology of Religion Study Group), and has also been funded by the British Academy to explore how abortion is understood in Catholic communities. She is also currently undertaking an analysis of the Anglican Church case study at the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse.


Research Interests

Religion, sexuality, gender,youth, clergy, families, feminism

Teaching Activity


  • Work, Organisations and Society
  • Religion and Society


BA (Hons)/MA/PhD University of Nottingham

Membership of Professional Bodies

British Sociological Association

Sociology of Religion Study Group


Contact Details

Room: NW920
Phone: 0121 2043072
Email: s.page1@aston.ac.uk 
Fax: 0121 204 3766

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Research Output 2008 2019

'On the Wet Side of the Womb’: The construction of mothers in anti-abortion activism in England and Wales

Lowe, P. & Page, S-J., 1 May 2019, In : European Journal of Women's Studies. 26, 2, p. 165-180 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
women's role

Rights-based claims made by UK anti-abortion activists

Lowe, P. & Page, S-J., 8 Nov 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Health and Human Rights.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

human rights

The gendering of heterosexual religious young adults’ imagined futures

Page, S-J. & Yip, A. K-T., 8 Jul 2019, In : Journal of Contemporary Religion. 34, 2, p. 253-273 21 p., 253-273.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
young adult
sociology of religion

Anglican clergy husbands securing middle-class gendered privilege through religion

Page, S-J., 28 Feb 2017, In : Sociological research online. 22, 1, 10.

Research output: Contribution to journalSpecial issue

Open Access
middle class

Exploring young adults' faith lives through video diaries: consent, voice and power

Page, S. J., 3 Nov 2017, Researching Female Faith: Qualitative Research Methods. Taylor & Francis, p. 98-112 15 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

young adult


Unmarried young mothers in South-Eastern Nigeria: attitudes and experiences

Author: Amakor, G. O., 13 Mar 2019

Supervisor: Page, S. (Supervisor) & Lowe, P. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy



ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowship

Sarah-Jane Page (Recipient), 1 Feb 2011

Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively