Dr Lorraine Grimes

Applied Social Studies

Postdoctoral Researcher


Dr Lorraine Grimes is a Postdoctoral Researcher on the Horizon 2020 project INVOLVE: Exploring Democracy in the European Union. The project investigates the level of public involvement and engagement in public services and policy development across four different disciplines including Health, Housing, Education and Employment in eight participating European countries.  

Lorraine was previously situated in the Social Science Institute at Maynooth University on the project ‘Digital Preservation of Reproductive Health Resources: Archiving the Eighth’.

Lorraine has a PhD from the National University of Ireland Galway. Her thesis titled ‘Migration and Assistance: Irish Unmarried Mothers in Britain 1926-1973’, examines the institutionalisation of Irish unmarried mothers in institutions in Britain, and explores issues of maternity care, adoption, socio-economic class, unmarried fathers and advocacy for unmarried mothers in the 1970s.

Lorraine has co-authored a number of key reports on abortion policy for the Department of Health in Ireland, the World Health Organisation, and others. Lorraine was lead author of the report ‘Too Many Barriers: Experiences of Abortion in Ireland after Repeal’.

Lorraine has a number of publications focusing on reproductive healthcare and unmarried motherhood in Britain and Ireland.

Research Interests

Reproductive Healthcare; Health Policy; Social Policy; Social Justice; Research Ethics; Single Motherhood

Research Projects

Title Role Description Start date End date Amount
Digital Preservation of Health Resources: Archiving Reproductive Health Postdoctoral Researcher 05/05/2021 30/10/2023
Healthcare Providers on Implementing Abortion Policy in Ireland (Department of Health) Research Associate 01/03/2021 01/09/2021
Implementation of Abortion Policy in Ireland (WHO project) Research Assistant 01/03/2020 01/03/2021
Abortion Rights Campaign 'Too Many Barriers' Data Analysist 01/06/2021 01/09/2021

Book Chapter

Year Publication
2024 Lorraine Grimes (2024) 'Taking a ‘Trauma-informed approach’: Empathy and Ethical Approaches to Institutional Abuse in Ireland Mother and Baby Institutions' In: Archives and Human Rights. London : Routledge.
2021 Sarah-Anne Buckley; Lorraine Grimes (2021) 'From Tuam to Birmingham: A Case Study of Mother and Baby Homes in Ireland and the UK' In: Legacies of the Magdalene Laundries. Manchester : Manchester University PRess.
2021 Lorraine Grimes (2021) 'Maternity Care in Mother and Baby Homes in Ireland and Britain: A Comparative, 1922-1960' In: Birth: A Miscellany. Dublin : Wordwell Books.
2021 Lorraine Grimes (2021) 'Birth and Death: Changes in Beliefs and Practices surrounding Stillbirth in Ireland, 1863-1990' In: Birth: A Miscellany. Dublin : Wordwell Press.

Peer Reviewed Journal

Year Publication
2023 Aideen O’Shaughnessy; Rachel Roth; Anna Carnegie; Lorraine Grimes (2023) 'Unruly bodies (of knowledge): influencing Irish abortion policy through evidence-based abortion activism'. Community Development Journal, . https://doi.org/10.1093/cdj/bsad032
2023 Chakravarty, D.; Mishtal, J.; Grimes, L.; Reeves, K.; Stifani, B.; Duffy, D.; Murphy, M.; Favier, M.; Horgan, P.; Chavkin, W.; Lavelanet, A. (2023) 'Restrictive points of entry into abortion care in Ireland: a qualitative study of expectations and experiences with the service'. Sexual and Reproductive Health Matters, 31 . [Link] [DOI]
2024 Lorraine Grimes (2024) 'Consent and Obstetric Violence during Pregnancy and Childbirth: The Eighth Amendment and its impact on the Irish Maternity System'. Irish Political Studies, .
2024 Mandy Lee; Lorraine Grimes (2024) 'Managing risks of conducting sensitive and emotionally-demanding research: How to develop self-care protocols for researchers’'. Emotion, Space and Society, .
2022 Deirdre Duffy; Joanna Mishtal; Lorraine Grimes; Mark Murphy; Karli Reeves; Dyuti Chakravarty; Wendy Chavkin; Mary Favier; Patricia Horgan; Bianca Stifani; Antonella Lavlanet (2022) 'Information flow as reproductive governance: Patient journey analysis of information barriers and facilitators to abortion care in the republic of Ireland'. Ssm - Population Health, . http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ssmph.2022.101132
2022 Lorraine Grimes; Joanna Mishtal; Karli Reeves; Dyuti Chakravarty; Bianca Stifani; Deirdre Duffy; Wendy Chavkin; Trish Horgan; Mary Favier; Mark Murphy; Antonella Lavelant (2022) 'Still Travelling: Access to abortion post 12 weeks gestation in Ireland'. Women's Studies International Forum, . [DOI]
2022 Bianca Stifani; Joanna Mishtal; Wendy Chavkin; Karli Reeves; Lorraine Grimes; Dyuti Chakravarty; Deirdre Duffy; Mark Murphy; Trish Horgan; Mary Favier; Antonella Lavlanet (2022) 'Abortion policy implementation in Ireland: successes and challenges in the establishment of hospital-based servicesA'. SSM - Qualitative Research in Health, . http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ssmqr.2022.100090
2022 Grimes, L; O' Shaughnessy, A; Roth, R; Carnegie, A; Duffy, DN (2022) 'Analysing MyOptions: experiences of Ireland's abortion information and support service'. Bmj Sexual &Amp; Reproductive Health, . [DOI]
2022 Mishtal J.; Reeves K.; Chakravarty D.; Grimes L.; Stifani B.; Chavkin W.; Duffy D.; Favier M.; Horgan P.; Murphy M.; Lavelanet A.F. (2022) 'Abortion policy implementation in Ireland: Lessons from the community model of care'. PLoS ONE, 17 (5 May). [DOI]
2022 Grimes L. (2022) '‘We did what needed to be done’: Cherish, the first support group for unmarried mothers in Ireland'. Women's History Review, . [DOI]
2021 Lorraine Grimes (2021) 'Denied Paternity: Parental Rights and the guardianship of infants in Ireland, 1937-1964'. Journal of Family History, . https://doi.org/10.1177/03631990211020347

Other Journal

Year Publication
2023 Lorraine Grimes; Kathryn Cassidy; Murilo Dias; Clare Lanigan; Aileen O'Carroll; Preetam Singhvi (2023) 'Archiving “sensitive” social media data: ‘In Her Shoes’, a case study' Journal of Contemporary Archival Studies, 10 . https://elischolar.library.yale.edu/jcas/vol10/iss1/19
2022 Lorraine Grimes; Deirdre Duffy; Aideen O (2022) 'When Basic Information is Not Enough: The Case for Expanding Ireland’s Abortion Helpline' British Medical Journal - Sexual and Reproductive Health, . https://blogs.bmj.com/bmjsrh/2022/03/26/when-basic-information-is-not-enough-the-case-for-expanding-irelands-abortion-helpline/
2021 Lorraine Grimes; Saoirse Nic Gabhainn (2021) 'The Trauma of the Mother and Baby Homes' Left Horizons, . https://www.left-horizons.com/2021/02/22/women-and-children-come-first-for-coercive-control/
2020 Lorriane Grimes (2020) ''Now Science Solves Woman’s Oldest Problem’: Advertising disposable sanitary products and the women’s campaign against them, 1927-1928' Women's History, . https://womenshistorynetwork.org/womens-history-autumn-2020/
2019 Lorraine Grimes (2019) 'The Fight Continues: New Access to Abortion Services in Ireland' E-International Relations, . https://www.e-ir.info/2019/03/08/the-fight-continues-new-access-to-abortion-services-in-ireland/
2016 Lorraine Grimes (2016) ''They go to England to Preserve Their Secret': The Emigration and Assistance of the Irish Unmarried Mother in Britain 1926-1952' Retrospectives Journal, . https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/arts/history/students/retrospectives/issues/volume5/retrospectives_v_lorraine_grimes.pdf

Published Report

Year Publication
2024 Lorraine Grimes; Maeve O'Rourke (2024) Galway Medical School and the Medical Examination of Infant Remains, 1948-1972. University of Galway, .
2022 Deirdre Duffy; Lorraine Grimes; Bethany Jay; Jack Callan (2022) Report: Review of Termination of Pregnancy Services in Ireland: Healthcare Practitioners Perspective. Department of Health, .
2021 Abortion Rights Campaign; Lorraine Grimes (2021) Too Many Barriers: Experiences of Abortion in Ireland after Repeal. Abortion Rights Campaign, . https://www.abortionrightscampaign.ie/facts/research/
2021 Joanna Mishtal; Karli Reeves; Dyuti Chakravarty; Lorraine Grimes; Deirdre Duffy; Bianca Stafini; Wendy Chavkin; Mary Favier; Patrica Horgan; Mark Murphy; Antonella Lavlanet (2021) Recommendations to Governing Bodies in Ireland on the Implementation of Abortion Policy and the Health (Termination of Pregnancy) Act 2018, prepared on Behalf of the World Health Organisation: Human Reproduction Programme. WHO, .
2021 Lorraine Grimes; Saoirse Nic Gabhainn; Imelda Brophy; Dette McLoughlin (2021) Evaluating Ireland's Abortion Services. Abortion Access Campaign West, . [Link]


Year Publication
2024 Lorraine Grimes (2024) Institutionalising Women: Migration, Repatriation, Adoption. London: Bloomsbury Academic.
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Professional Associations

Description Function From / To
Galway Together for Yes Former Secretary 14/01/2018 -
Abortion Access Campaign West Member 16/09/2018 -
Women's History Association of Ireland Treasurer 07/03/2021 -

Honors and Awards

Date Title Awarding Body
01/11/2016 Margaret O hOghtaraigh Award University of Galway
07/05/2019 Oxford Humanities Travel Funding Oxford University
30/09/2017 Eoin O Mahony Bursary Royal Irish Academy
04/09/2016 Galway Doctoral Studentship University of Galway


Start date Institution Qualification Subject
01/01/2010 National University of Ireland Galway Bachelor of Arts
01/01/2013 National University of Ireland Galway Master of Arts
01/01/2011 National University of Ireland Galway Diploma in Irish
01/01/2016 National University of Ireland Galway PhD

Teaching Interests

Health policy; Social policy; Reproductive Healthcare; Research Ethics; Digital Archiving; Oral History; Institutionalisation in the Twentieth Century;