Dr Zara Hooley

Job: Senior Lecturer (Centre for Learning and Study Support)

Faculty: Health and Life Sciences

School/department: School of Applied Social Sciences

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH

T: 44 (0) 116 207 8182

E: zara.hooley@dmu.ac.uk


Personal profile

I have worked in the HE sector for the last 12 years in a variety of learning and teaching roles. I currently work for Library and Learning Services as a Senior Lecturer in Academic Writing.

Research group affiliations

Centre for Reproduction Research (CRR)

Publications and outputs

Conference presentation

  • Hooley, Z. (2017).’The Tribes of Motherhood’. BSA Human Reproduction Study Group Conference De Montfort University. 23rd May 2017.

Journal Articles


Research interests/expertise

I am interested in sexuality, friendship and motherhood. I have a PhD in Sociology which focused on the post-birth friendship making processes of same-sex couples. I spent time examining the inclusivity of the NCT network and other post-natal groups. I am published in the area of adoption, and learning development. I am currently writing a paper on marginalised motherhood and friendship making practices. I am an active member of the Centre for Reproduction Research.

Areas of teaching

I teach predominantly in the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, as I am the link CLaSS lecturer for HLS, and have taught on Audiology, SALT, Nursing, HEST and many more. I also work part time for the Global Health Masters programme, supporting students through their dissertation. 


PhD Sociology (University of Leicester, 2020)

MBA (University of Northampton, 2014)

PGCE Secondary Education (Loughborough University ,1999)
Industrial Design BA (Hons) (Loughborough University, 1998)

Membership of professional associations and societies

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy