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Dr Stephen Burrell

Assistant Professor (Research) in the Department of Sociology

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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.

Follow me on Twitter: @the_daily_panda

Research Groups

Department of Sociology

Research Projects

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?

Research Interests

  • 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

Selected Publications

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