Naa Adjeley Mensa

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I am a first year DPhil Sociology student with the Leverhulme Centre for Demographic Science. My primary research interest is in family demography, especially in the areas of family formation, dissolution, power, and gender inequalities. Additionally, I also have interest in population health research given my professional experience as a registered general and ophthalmic nurse.

My DPhil thesis seeks to examine the perspectives of men on female reproductive autonomy. I intend to use both qualitative and quantitative methods to (1) explore the general views of men on female reproductive autonomy, (2) examine the effect of the status of bride wealth payments on these perspectives (3) determine the effect of lineage by comparing the views of males from patrilineal societies to those from matrilineal societies and (4) to investigate the norms and sanctions associated with female reproductive autonomy in the community. The project is supported by the Leverhulme Centre for Demographic Science.

Prior to my enrolment, I was a research assistant on the project “Re-examining Traditional Method Use: Desperation or Innovation in Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, and Democratic Republic of Congo. I was with the Ghana team. I hold a BSc in Nursing from the University of Cape Coast, and an MA in Population Studies from the University of Ghana, both in Ghana.

Contact:
naa.mensah@sant.ox.ac.uk