Dr Stephen Burrell
I am currently undertaking a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship exploring the connections between the climate crisis and masculine violence, and how to engage men and boys in building more caring relationships with the environment. Myself and colleagues have also recently launched a podcast, 'Now and Men: Current conversations about men's lives'.
I completed my PhD at Durham in 2019, which investigated work with men and boys to prevent men’s violence against women in England, including how young men make sense of violence prevention campaigns. Subsequently I carried out an Economic and Social Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship on the role the business sector can play in preventing violence against women and promoting gender equality, and how to engage more men in such efforts. I have also undertaken research with Prof Nicole Westmarland and Sandy Ruxton for the Government Equalities Office about the impacts of masculine gender norms in the UK today, from which we produced a report and engagement toolkit. We have also recently co-authored a book with international colleagues, entitled 'Men's Activism to End Violence Against Women: Voices from Spain, Sweden and the UK'.
Additionally, my research has examined the gendered impacts of the coronavirus crisis. This has included co-authoring a Promundo report with Ruxton on the connections between masculinities and Covid-19, researching the consequences of the pandemic for work with men and boys in Europe, and how to build gender equality in the North East business sector in the wake of Covid-19. I have also investigated with Westmarland and others the experiences of male victims of domestic abuse during the pandemic.
I am a trustee for White Ribbon UK and co-chair of the steering group for Changing Relations CIC. Since I first started studying sociology, feminist ideas have had a profound impact on me, and these continue to provide the primary inspiration for my work. As a result, I am also interested in the varied ways in which men respond to feminism.
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Department of Sociology
- Centre for Research into Violence and Abuse
- Violence and Abuse
Department of Sociology
- Why do some men take a public stance against men's violence against women, and how can more men be encouraged to do so?
- Men and masculinities
- Intimate partner violence
- Men's violence against women
- Primary prevention
- Gender norms and inequalities
- (Pro-)Feminist social movements
- Masculinities and Covid-19
- Gender and environmental harm
- Westmarland, N., Almqvist, A.-L., Egeberg Holmgren, L., Ruxton, S., Burrell, S.R. & Delgado Valbuena, C. (2021). Men's Activism to End Violence Against Women: Voices from Spain, Sweden and the UK. Bristol: Policy Press.
Chapter in book
- Burrell, S.R. (2020). Male agents of change and disassociating from the problem in the prevention of violence against women. In Masculine Power and Gender Equality: Masculinities as Change Agents. Luyt, R. & Starck, K. Cham: Springer. 35-54.
- Burrell, S.R. (2021). 'Cause We’re All Just Part of the System Really': Complicity and Resistance in Young Sportsmen's Responses to Violence Against Women Prevention Campaigns in England. Sociological Research Online 1-19.
- de Maricourt, C. & Burrell, S.R. (2021). #MeToo or #MenToo? Expressions of backlash and masculinity politics in the #MeToo era. The Journal of Men's Studies
- Barker, G., Burrell, S.R. & Ruxton, S. (2021). COVID-19 and Masculinities in Global Perspective: Reflections from Promundo's Research and Activism. Men and Masculinities 24(1): 168-174.
- Burrell, S.R. & Flood, M. (2019). Which feminism? Dilemmas in profeminist men's praxis to end violence against women. Global Social Welfare 6(4): 231-244.
- Burrell, S.R. (2018). The contradictory possibilities of engaging men and boys in the prevention of men's violence against women in the UK. Journal of Gender-Based Violence 2(3): 447-464.
- Burrell, S.R. & Sagmeister, M. (2017). Conference Report: Political masculinities as agents of change, Anglia Ruskin University, 9–11 December 2016. NORMA: International Journal for Masculinity Studies 12(1): 80-84.
- Burrell, S.R. (2016). The invisibility of men's practices: Problem representations in British and Finnish social policy on men's violences against women. Graduate Journal of Social Science 12(3): 69-93.
- Burrell, S.R. (2021). Book Review: Male, Failed, Jailed: Masculinities and "Revolving-Door" Imprisonment in the UK. Men and Masculinities
- Burrell, S.R. (2019). Engaging men and boys in the prevention of men's violence against women in England. Department of Sociology. Durham University. PhD: 1-284.
- Burrell, S.R. (2021). Gareth Southgate’s England team have shown us more caring ways of being a man. Transforming Society
- Burrell, S.R., Westmarland, N. & Ruxton, S. (2021). How men can be allies to women right now. The Conversation
- Baker, B., Alemann, C., Burrell, S.R., Griffith, D.M., Heidari, S., Kelland, J., Lal, A. & Mukherjee, S. (2021). Men and COVID-19: Where’s the policy?. BMJ Global Health
- Burrell, S.R., Westmarland, N. & Ruxton, S. (2021). Sarah Everard, police culture and the 'masculinised' workplaces we can all help change. The Conversation
- Burrell, S.R. & Ruxton, S. (2020). Coronavirus reveals just how deep macho stereotypes run through society. The Conversation
- Burrell, S.R. (2020). The climate crisis as masculine violence? Engaging men in caring for the planet. Leverhulme Trust
- Burrell, S.R. (2019). It's time men take on the responsibility for ending male violence. White Ribbon UK
- Burrell, S.R. (2018). Changing men and masculinities in the wake of #MeToo. British Sociological Association
- Westmarland, N., Burrell, S.R., Dhir, A., Hall, K.E., Hasan, E. & Henderson, K. (2021). 'Living a life by permission': The experiences of male victims of domestic abuse during Covid-19. Durham University.
- Burrell, S.R. (2021). A Business A_Gender: Building Gender Equality in the North East Business Sector in the Wake of Covid-19. Department of Sociology, Durham University. Changing Relations and Durham University.
- Burrell, S.R., Ruxton, S. & Westmarland, N. (2020). Engaging with Men and Boys about Gender Norms: Engagement Toolkit. Government Equalities Office.
- Ruxton, S. & Burrell, S.R. (2020). Masculinities and COVID-19: Making the Connections. Promundo-US.
- Burrell, S.R. & Ruxton, S. (2020). The impact of the Covid-19 crisis on work with men and boys in Europe. Durham University.
- Burrell, S.R., Ruxton, S. & Westmarland, N. (2019). Changing Gender Norms: Engaging with Men and Boys. Government Equalities Office.
- Westmarland, N. & Burrell, S.R. (2019). Perpetrators in the early stages of help-seeking: Views of service users. London, Respect.
- Burrell, S.R. & Westmarland, N. (2019). The voices of male victims: Understanding men's experiences of the Men's Advice Line. London, Respect.