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Liza Caruana-Finkel

PhD Student, Department of Politics, University of Liverpool

I am a reproductive justice researcher and activist. I have crossed disciplinary boundaries, starting off as an allied health professional before entering the field of social sciences. My research and activist interests cover various aspects of reproductive health, rights and justice, as well as feminist studies and issues more broadly.

Currently, I am a first year PhD student at the University of Liverpool. My doctoral research is focused on abortion stigma in Malta, which has one of the most restrictive abortion legislations in the world and is the only EU country with a total ban. My project examines how abortion stigma is framed and experienced in the Maltese context and whether it is possible to address and transform negative perceptions of abortion and abortion stigma in Malta.

Aside from the PhD, I have been involved in other research projects. This includes research on Maltese women's personal experiences of abortion, on views of Malta's medical doctors on reproductive methods, and on experiences of health and social care professionals of providing pre- and post-abortion care in Malta.

In addition, I am involved in abortion work in non-academic ways. I am an activist with Malta’s pro-choice coalition Voice for Choice and a volunteer with Abortion Support Network. I also manage an abortion storytelling platform aimed at addressing abortion stigma through personal experiences.


  • 2020–present
    PhD Student, University of Liverpool


  • 2018 
    Lancaster University, MA in Gender & Women's Studies
  • 2014 
    University of Sussex, MSc
  • 2010 
    University of Malta, BSc (Hons)


  • 2020
    Abortion in the time of COVID-19: perspectives from Malta, Sexual and Reproductive Health Matters Journal
  • 2019
    Abortion and methods of reproductive planning: the views of Malta’s medical doctor cohort, Sexual and Reproductive Health Matters Journal