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Nadine Shanahan 

Postgraduate Research Student & Graduate Teaching Fellow

Department of Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology 


Nadine studied LLB Law at Edge Hill University before moving into Social Sciences through her MSc in Criminology at the University of Plymouth. Her MSc research focussed on the representation of ‘race’ and ethnicity within the media, which was selected to be presented at the 2022 University of Plymouth PGR showcase. Nadine became a PhD Candidate and Graduate Teaching Fellow at the School of Law and Social Justice in October 2021.


Nadine’s current research interests lie within gender and social media. Her PhD project is predicted to take a creative and interdisciplinary approach, combining Sociology and Visual Media. Her thesis explores the representation of beauty ideals and their influence on women’s behaviour both on and offline.

Thesis title

'Is the ‘Ideal Woman’ a Force of Social Control?'

Dates of study

PhD Start Date: October 2021

PhD Completion Date: October 2025


Professor Susan Pickard  Dr Terence Heng  Dr Andrew Kirton 

Research summary

This research will investigate the power of beauty ideals, exploring forces such as capitalism, neoliberalism and patriarchy. A digital ethnography will enable observations into social media, highlighting both the performance and influence of these ideals.